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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27 Comments

1. kaleo

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 03, 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!!

7. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

22. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Sony Makes the best phones no debating.

24. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 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

17. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

2. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But what about those humongous forehead and chin?

6. iguanasteve

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 08, 2013

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

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

for kiss....

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1566; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

26. assefa

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

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

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

18. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

27. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

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

3. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

4. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Nice but reduce that top and bottom bezel too

8. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Why? How would you hold it in landscape?

10. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

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

14. BRYLYNT

Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 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

23. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 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

25. assefa

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 14, 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

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I'd hit it :D

9. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 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.

12. nycguy54

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

Design change welcomed

20. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Good looking phone.

21. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

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

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