Did Sony China just tease & delete a new Xperia device render?

Did Sony China just tease & delete a new Xperia device render?
Smartphone manufacturers are well known for taking to Twitter and other social media to tease upcoming devices, but rarely do we get as meaty leaks as the one that Sony's Chinese arm allegedly posted a few hours ago on its Weibo feed. The post, since removed, shows a render of a mysterious device from all sides. Since we were a little late to the party, it is now impossible to verify if that post, indeed, existed, but several sources in China seem to think so. If true, this would rank as a monumental misstep on the part of Sony China's PR people, or just some weird stunt.

The render itself shows us a seemingly thin device with a metal frame encasing it. The top and bottom bezels are nearly non-existent, with the latter housing a circular, Meizu MX4-like home button (we suspect). As you can see for yourself, the renders are kind of crude, and remind more of a concept than something that can actually be engineered at this point in time.

Obviously, it's tempting to suggest that this could be a very early look at what the upcoming Sony Xperia Z4 will look like, though we wouldn't bet our lunch money on it. If the Xperia Z3 is any indication, Sony is moving to rounder aesthetics for its phones, and the device seen here reminds us a lot more of the company's previous efforts.

Did Sony China just tease & delete a new Xperia device render?

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32 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Rectangle much!

20. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

A 7" rectangle corn(er)y hugeblet

25. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Looks very similar to one of the concept designs that were leaked during the Sony hack

2. joseram695

Posts: 79; Member since: May 28, 2012

If this is a legitimate Sony device this thing is just plain sexy imo

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm liking it! But where is the front facing speakers? :/

15. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i think the top and bottom line pattern on front is actually speaker grills

18. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I think they are the series of dots top and bottom of the device?

24. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Might be the new Z4 Ultra...nvm its a fake

3. Limbopope

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I don't know why it makes me think of a refrigerator.

4. sram145

Posts: 127; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

This is what the original experia should look like without that ugly bezel.

5. surethom

Posts: 1560; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Dont like the very pointy corners.

6. phljcnth

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Is that a USB type C port?

14. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I didn't think of that but i guess you are right

8. A.o.D

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

This cant be the z4. The leaked frame doesn't match. Its something else. Z4 ultra maybe. Or its fake

9. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I thought Sony is abandoning the chinese market?

10. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

This looks very nice especially the part where the front facing speakers are. But the sim and sd slots( i guess???) are not so good Just like the ones apple was or is using I'm not sure. Anyway those things are rubbish. This is a concept though as ther is no usb port. Hope the speaker grills will make it into production.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

This as fake as fake can be. Why would they post such an unprofessional picture like that.

12. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

If it's from China its probably fake.

32. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

All the iPhone 6 leaks were from china...

13. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

the chinese caption loosely translates to since you have chosen the path, why still bother how long it could go

16. DonChoi

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I guess that is equipped with the world's first smartphone Z4 Under glass fingerprint sensor.

17. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

19. JetMK

Posts: 97; Member since: Jan 31, 2015

lol well there you have it folks

21. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

nice find bro

22. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

With minimal bezels where can I put my thumbs without covering up something in landscape mode? When I watch a movie in landscape I hold the phone using one or both hands with my thumb on the front and fingers in the back.

23. josephnero

Posts: 773; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

26. Dr.SamX

Posts: 231; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

27. JnCrls unregistered

Oh no, now their Weibo account was hacked too!!!!

28. gosselin

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I like the design. It looks cool

29. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

I like it, my dream slim design phone, I want my phone to stand on its side when taking camera timer or watching movies or digital tv. And the discreet front facing speakers and less top and bottom bezel. The only missing is the Sony logo. Hopefully, they make it real.

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