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Alleged Sony Xperia C6 smiles for the camera. Is that a bezel-less display?

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Alleged Sony Xperia C6 smiles for the camera. Is that a bezel-less display?

While Sony didn't announce any smartphones at the recent CES 2016 conference, there is no reason to believe that the tech giant isn't working on a number of new Xperia handsets for this year. In fact, during Sony's press event at the trade show, CEO Kazuo Hirai took special care to emphasize on how the company is still committed to introducing new, innovative technology to the market through products that bring value to the customer. While there was no special mention of smartphones in the speech, we couldn't help but feel like it was an oblique response to the Sony doomsayers that can be found on various tech blogs, social media, and message boards.

But on to the actual smartphone we want to talk about. A leak that can be traced as far as Chinese tech media IT168 shows us what appears to be a prototype for a metal-made smartphone with no side bezels and the signature Xperia omnibalance design – even the volume rocker is placed below the power key, like on the most recent Xperia Z5 line. The leak claims that what we are looking at is the yet unannounced Sony Xperia C6.

The last Xperia C device was the Xperia C5 Ultra – a 6-inch phablet with extremely slim side bezels. It would make sense if the C6 actually tops that with a display that curves over its sides and creates the bezel-less appearance. That aside, the C series is where Sony's “selfie” phones reside. The company was among the first major manufacturers to produce a smartphone with more focus on its front camera performance, catering to the self-snapping youth of the 21st century — that was the Xperia C3, back in 2013. That aside, the handsets are usually equipped with midrange hardware and priced accordingly, so that the target audience of aspiring social media stars could see them as a viable purchase.

As far as hardware goes, here's what sources are saying – allegedly, Sony will limit the amount of Ultra models it produces this year, so the Xperia C6 may return to the 5.5-inch display diagonal that the C3 and C4 had, instead of inheriting the C5 Ultra's gargantuan 6-inch screen. The leaksters say that the display will have a 1080 x 1920 resolution, which will give it a pixel density of 424 PPI – more than enough for a perfectly crisp image. The processor humming underneath will reportedly be a MediaTek – the 64-bit, octa-core Helio P10 (a.k.a. MT 6755). No word on how much RAM would be on board, but if we had to guess, we'd say 3 GB, seeing as that's slowly becoming the norm even for midrange smartphones.

And that's all we can tell you about this semi-mysterious handset at this time. The Xperia C5 Ultra was announced in August, 2015, so we'd normally expect a refresh of the line to come after a few months. But who knows, seeing as Sony loves to play around with its smartphones' life cycles, we may just see this alleged Xperia C6 announced at this year's MWC, in February.

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posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:08

1. kaleo (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2014)

I've always loved Sony Cause of how they add value to their products with 100% consideration for consumers, but now i have to (for the very first time) get an Iphone because of F***ing Society, I HATE YOU SOCIETY!!

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 11:23 1

7. Bm888 (Posts: 516; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)

Imo.. Phablets should be high end devices and with top notch features.. And one important factor they should have is the stylus... Samsung's note phablets..are the only worthy until other oems can pull a trigger in the Bull's eye.. LG is very close..

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 17:51 2

15. Settings (Posts: 2333; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

As a commuter, I dont see the importance of stylus. One handed operation is a much important factor of phablets which Sony, LG amd pretty much others did great.
You and your double standards of stylus importance, its just a gimmick. No major changes since the first Note.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 02:47 1

22. aBoss (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)

Sony Makes the best phones no debating.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 09:42

24. geordie8t1 (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 Nov 2015)

i think that is personal choice, im bored of the sony shape since the z2, its just rehashed, i think the tables have returned in samsungs favour, their note 5, edge and regular s6 where simply stunning designed phone with no competition this year in almost no department, but thats just my preference small niggles aside

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 20:30 1

17. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

their screen is below the competition, man.
despite those fancy names, trilu bla bla bla BS.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:09 9

2. maherk (Posts: 4849; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

But what about those humongous forehead and chin?

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:48

6. iguanasteve (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)

I wouldn't mind if it came with front facing speakers though.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:06 3

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

for kiss....

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:27

13. mixedfish (Posts: 1329; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

Where would you put the 1/2.3" front facing camera?

Keep dreaming.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 21:43 1

19. kent-gaga (Posts: 582; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

where did you get the info for the 1/2.3 inch front camera?

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 06:35 1

26. assefa (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2016)

lol think outside the box like the huwaei honor 7i,

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 19:30

16. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

yeah right, and they still said "bezel-less display" -_-

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 20:32

18. nodes (Posts: 761; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

they just moved side bezels to top and bottom, if that bottom bezel isn't enough...wait for it....
...on-screen buttons!

posted on 17 Mar 2016, 10:42

27. BLikens1619 (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Apr 2008)

No different than the iPhone's huge forehead and chin.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:10

3. Moose (Posts: 415; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)

Slim bezels are nice but Sony phones all look too wide/long above and below the display. Slimmer bezels actually accentuate this lopsided appearance.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:30

4. wando77 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Nice but reduce that top and bottom bezel too

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 11:49

8. xperian (Posts: 382; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)

Why? How would you hold it in landscape?

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 12:30 4

10. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

He said reduce it.. not get rid of it..

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:48 1

14. BRYLYNT (Posts: 83; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

Its a phone not a tablet. This is a valid excuse for chin and forehead bezels on a tablet, because tablets are big enough that holding them by their edge is not ergonomic. With phones thats not the case

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 05:09 1

23. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

With phones it's the same. Try holding your phone for a longer period on the edges and try it on the bezels. You'll notuce it's much more comfortable on the bezels

posted on 14 Jan 2016, 06:31

25. assefa (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jan 2016)

no excuse for chin and forehead, all we need is a raised 2.5 curved screen and a metal frame thats protrudes out a little more and DONE ergonomic, e.g the obi worldphone sf1(this phone has chin and forehead but im trying to show you the outward frame concept) size is only one factor of ergonimics shape is also important

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:36

5. lalalaman (Posts: 637; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)

I'd hit it :D

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 11:50

9. xperiaZlover (Posts: 202; Member since: 15 Nov 2015)

I think this is Xperia M6 not C6 .it looks like a 5 inch device.
Hope all Sony devices come with qualcomm snapdragon processors since mtk is hard to make any custom roms ,rooting and recovery.

But I must say mtk have amazing performance for the price.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 14:10

12. nycguy54 (Posts: 64; Member since: 13 Dec 2014)

Design change welcomed

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 22:07

20. Dreamboat (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Apr 2015)

Good looking phone.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 22:50

21. Trickzter (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)

I think the only way back to popularity for Sony is if they can jump on the Nexus bandwagon.

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