Alleged Sony Xperia XZ4 smiles for the camera... That's a tall phone!

Alleged Sony Xperia XZ4 smiles for the camera... That's a tall phone!
We’ve already heard a bunch of crazy rumors telling us that the Sony Xperia XZ4 might add a “super” to the current tall-screen trend. Instead of having an 18:9 aspect ratio or even 19.5:9 one, leaks say that the Xperia XZ4 will go over the top with a 21:9 display. Now that’s a “Wow!” right there!

Well, here we have the very first alleged real-life photo of Sony’s next flagship. Of course, it is kind of blurry and kind of underexposed — where’s the fun in getting a full detailed view of the phone so early?

And yes, there is something funky going on with that image. It's been doctored, but was it for the purpose of hiding something or is it an all-out fake?



What we can see is a very, very thin “chin” and possibly an only slightly thicker “forehead”. While that looks quite impressive, one can’t help but wonder how easy it would be to pull the notifications shade down when holding the device with just one hand.

As far as the visible UI, we can see a light reskin of Android, Sony's signature approach, and Android 9 Pie's navigational pill, signifying support for the new gestures. Of course, you will probably be able to swap to the classic navbar with 3 buttons should you desire.

The transparent bar on the side that signals the presence of a Side Sense drawer is also there. If you recall — that was a feature that launched with the Xperia XZ3. It allows you to access various functions and apps by tapping on the side of the handset’s screen.

Now, we wonder — assuming this photo is legit — is this going to be “goodbye” to front-firing stereo speakers? And, if so, will Sony switch to the “bottom boomer, earpiece tweeter” combo that we’ve seen employed by Samsung, Apple, and HTC in the past?

Curious about the Sony Xperia XZ4? We are about to see it announced at MWC 2019 in a month... probably.

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  • Display 6.5" 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3330 mAh

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29 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1874; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Wow! If the S10 becomes underwhelming, this is the phone I'll get in 2019.

20. androiduser

Posts: 503; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Looks amazing but I won't be getting it for 2 reasons, the first one is it will take a very long time to arrive to my country, the second is that I despise this weird aspect ratio and I have no use for it. Other than that this phone seems like the best one in the first half of 2019 so far.

2. Tipus

Posts: 766; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Looks good

3. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

If it has IR Blaster, it will be a PERFECT APPLIANCE REMOTE CONTROL.

24. Mahdibt67

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 01, 2019

It's not that tall..check this link it's a comparison between xz3 xz2p and this new flagship : https : //ufile.io/72wmo Delete the space...

4. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

This would be a great phone...if it folded in half.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1683; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This is the phone I will get when I will lose my TV remote. I just can't believe these stupid decisions of some companies.

15. Amir123a

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

Who watches TV these days? Its 2019.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Why people think that tall phones are better than wider? I better use a wider 16:9 phone than super tall. On a wider phone it is easier to write, easier to reach to pull down notification panel. And easier to look at content while it's vertically hold. Just my opinion!

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1264; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

ah... just turn the phone sideways!

12. dimas

Posts: 3241; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

18.5:9 is the sweet spot for me, more than that and it's a chocolate bar.

18. andrewc31394

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

because it makes one handed use easier, at least for me. I can't stand wide phones

19. HansServando

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

And with the same diagonal display length (the way screens are measured) a taller (narrower) aspect ratio means less area. On the other hand, a narrow aspect ratio is suboptimal for maps, for example.

7. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

"While that looks quite impressive, one can’t help but wonder how easy it would be to pull the notifications shade down when holding the device with just one hand." Pretty easy, just make sure the Sony launcher (or even system wide) supports swipe down anywhere on the screen (like Nova does) or even a swipe down on the FPS.

14. maherk

Posts: 6657; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The problem with this is that you can only do that while you're on the homescreen.

16. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

True and not sure if this phone will come with a FPS button. Could make it a long press vol/power button thingie.

17. maherk

Posts: 6657; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have been using Fluid Navigation app for 3 months now, and it solved almost all the problems we have with tall phones, one of which is reaching the notification bar. I have set mine in a way when I swipe up and hold from the bottom right side, the notifications bar expands. The possibilities with this app are unlimited and are very convenient.

27. AliBashir

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

The solution could be also in the side sense.

9. rmac2018

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

The reason why the image is darkened/blurred is it reveals a very slim bezel at the top as well.....as small as the side bezels of this phone are I would say the top bezel is about 4 to 5 mm and the bottom one is 3 to 4 mm while the side bezels are I’m guessing 1.4mm.... this would give a screen to body ratio above 90%

10. Nionx

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Now that's an interesting device. I'll keep my eye on it. Looking to be a pretty good first quarter for mobile.

11. dimas

Posts: 3241; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That's not xperia, that's a katana hilt. So tall it can hold a broadsword in it.

13. mimicryXD

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

If u recall, honor 8x is also 6.5" too so i think it will be more "handle friendly" than the honor 8x. So i mean lets see.

21. Sealblaighter

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It will be too tall! Oh come on Sony! We want big screen, but not a brick, not a smartphone which almost can not enter in your pocket, unless you wear some large clothes.

22. Sparkxster

Posts: 1123; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Wow! So beautiful!!

23. monoke

Posts: 1117; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Please tell me they're not using the Pixel gesture pill? That thing is half ass as asses come.

25. ceepyou

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

21:9, isn't that the aspect ratio of most Hollywood films for the theaters?

26. HansServando

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

"21:9 aspect ratio" is a garbage denomination and a gimmick, the most used aspect ratio is the anamorphic (Panavision) that is not 21:9, but taller (2.39:1).

28. ceepyou

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I see. Well 21:9 is 2.33:1. 2.39:1 is technically 21.51:9 so I'd be curious if Sony would try to blur those lines in their advertising efforts. Time will tell. Thanks HansServando.

29. HansServando

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

Taking into account that smartphones are migrating to cinematographic aspect ratios than often have names, I wonder if the marketing departments will use these denominations instead of numbers ("Panavision/anamorphic aspect ratio" instead of 2.39:1/"21:9" or "Univisium aspect ratio" instead of 18:9). names are cooler than boring numbers.

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