The Xperia F could arrive next year as Sony's first foldable smartphone

The Xperia F could arrive next year as Sony's first foldable smartphone
Samsung and Huawei have already announced their first foldable smartphones and the Motorola Razr is reportedly just around the corner. Other companies such as Xiaomi and LG are developing their own foldable products too. And according to a new report, Sony could eventually enter the market as well.

Expected to launch at some point next year, Sony’s first foldable smartphone will reportedly be marketed as the Xperia F – the ‘F’ stands for foldable – and will make use of Samsung’s flexible OLED display technology. Most design details are yet to be reported, but it’s claimed Sony’s offering will adopt the same 21:9 aspect ratio seen on the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 devices. This would indicate that Sony is planning a Motorola Razr-like design wherein the display folds vertically rather than horizontally, as seen on the Huawei Mate X and Galaxy Fold which essentially offer a tablet-like experience. 

Moving away from the external side of things, the Xperia F will apparently arrive complete with 5G connectivity. Sony hasn’t announced a 5G smartphone yet, but it has confirmed in the past that it’s working on implementing support for the next-gen networks eventually, so it only makes sense for a premium foldable offering to include it.

Regarding the smartphone’s announcement, Sony has a habit of introducing devices at the annual MWC event in Barcelona. Because of this, there’s a strong possibility the Xperia F will make its first appearance at next year’s event alongside the Xperia 3, or whatever Sony chooses to call its 2020 flagship.

FEATURED VIDEO

11 Comments

1. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Only if only Sony learn how to release their flagships early ( 1st of 2 qrt of the year).

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sony's take on the foldable phone will be very interesting for sure.

10. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

This article doesn't say whether it folds inwards like the Galaxy Fold or outwards like the Mate X. Hopefully it folds outwards as inwards leaving a tiny screen on the outside is useless for a phone. It would be funny and completely unexpected if Sony ends up being the first to market with a foldable phone given Samsung's major failure with the Fold and the US's relentless crusade against Huawei

3. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

If they indeed make one, I hope at least same style of the Motorola Razr concept. Not like Samsung. Book design is a big failure. Too big phone a phone (when open), too small screen outside (when folded). Smaller than an IPad Mini (that is small for tablet) , ridiculous notch that ruins media consumption. Worse than S10+ , worse than S4 Tab. Better have both, which is much cheaper . Actually I'd buy S9+ instead, at least screen can be 100% used.

8. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Sony have own concepts. They dont look at others and "steals" like other brands doing. They're fcking japanese they know how to build movable objects.

4. CEDEOTB

Posts: 443; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Sony will announce this phone and then release it when the hype dies down and the Galaxy Fold fixes it's issues.

5. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Galaxy F will return this year. This xperia is told to come with PS5 in 2020

6. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Considering that Sony cannot even make a bezelless phone yet, I'll be very surprised if I see a foldable Xperia as soon as next year.

7. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Considering you cant make bezeless without using notch, hole and solutions that need do get rid of IP rating (pop up and slider).

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Bezelless with notch and pop up camera? Nah. I would take 18:9 or 21:9 clean. notch and holes are too annoying.

11. User123456789

Posts: 1008; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Hole is even worse than notch ...

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.