Sony hints at the possibility of bezel-less Xperia devices in the future

Sony hints at the possibility of bezel-less Xperia devices in the future
Sony is perhaps one of the more stubborn Android manufacturers when it comes to design, with its rather large top and bottom bezels becoming a trademark feature of Xperia devices over the years. Now, though, in an interview carried out by Sony itself, the company explained its recent design decisions and also hinted at what may be to come.

Beginning with the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, the team revealed that the implementation of the 18:9 aspect ratio was largely related to its popularity in the market, although Sony also noted that the larger display could enhance the experience of those who use smartphones as a communication tool. Nevertheless, the team was adamant that the best aspect ratio depended on each device. Take the top-of-the-line Xperia XZ2 Premium, for example. The smartphone boasts a large 4K display but sticks to the much more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, the reason behind this being the smartphone’s overall use. Sony says it created the flagship smartphone with content viewing in mind and says that the adoption of an 18:9 display would have created unnecessary borders around the content, hence the use of a more traditional aspect ratio.

Moving away from its current flagship devices, the team was asked about the recent bezel-less trend and confirmed that they are working on possible designs, although the company isn’t necessarily in a rush. Sony is keen that its smartphones be both easy to hold and capable of providing a good viewing experience, something that a reduction in bezel size would impact. Additionally, Sony also notes that it would need to move the front-facing stereo speakers and the selfie camera if it adopted the trend.

Based on the experience Sony wishes to offer with its Xperia devices, the team seems clear that its newer designs offer the optimal experience at this moment in time, but as technology evolves, the brand confirmed that it will be adopting new features that allow it to evolve its smartphone designs without any major compromises.

source: Sony Japan (translated)

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23 Comments

1. hopper

Posts: 74; Member since: May 08, 2017

aint no body got time for that

2. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Yes, they will left mobile phone business soon. The fact that they stop Xperia Home Android is enough. They are preparing the exit.

4. joshuaswingle

Posts: 569; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

They have actually stated that they have no plans to leave the smartphone business and have big plans for the arrival of 5G networks

6. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

The same statement was made by Microsoft half a year before to announce discontinue of windows mobile.

15. blac.inc

Posts: 59; Member since: May 16, 2018

Well, that's Windows...

3. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

For Sony the future is around 5 years behind everyone else.

5. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Didn't know everyone else was on 4k resolution.

9. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

They are behind on superficial trends like bezels and such. They are pretty much up to date in real usage scenarios.

11. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Xperia use displays 10 bits hdr rec 2020, precessing image, converter sdr to hdr, displays 4k hdr. Others obsolets displays sdr 8 bits, crapmoleds pentile low resolution, etc

12. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Sorry to burst your bubble but there's no mobile phone display capable of showing full 10 bit color range in the market right now and that of course includes XZ2's display. "HDR" display on mobile phones are not even capable of displaying HDR videos in its full color gamut and range anyway.

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

If you mean in camera, design, screen quality. Yes

18. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

And how about 960fps Super Slow-Motion ? If by your logic/statement applied to the world by now , XZ Premium and XZs wouldn't be the first smartphones in the world to have both memory-stacked camera sensor and reaching almost 1000fps in a smartphone that capped at 240fps previously and only capable by dedicated-camera devices only such as their RX100 IV . S9 series ,1+ 6 (only 480fps tho) and P20 have adopted this features a year after the XZP announcement proved Sony doesn't always stuck in the past , even they're sometimes late to the party .

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

They just enable it, credit goes to Qualcomm and chip maker that make super slow possible.

21. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

You can't record super slow motion videos without the right camera hardware, even if you're running the latest processor.

22. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

While Qualcomm and another chipset maker could make one kind of a technology like Super Slow Motion at 960fps possible , if doesn't supported by the camera sensor or hardware , it still not possible to do it at all and vice versa . BTW , Even XZ Premium could record 4K HDR video (yes , XZ Premium from last year) because the sensor can . But since S835 couldn't handle it , it was cut from the XZP feature and made possible in XZ2 .

7. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

They talk about keeping it easy to hold, then they make it slippery?

8. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

XZ Premium design with small bezels, would look nice.

14. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

And 18:9 for more comfortable holding the phone. I use XZP.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sony's design are always interesting and look forward to seeing how they iterate and improve their designs for the 18:9 ratio.

16. CEDEOTB

Posts: 391; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

They have no choice but to go bezel less in 2018. Watch when the 16:9 aspect fails to sell and makes Sony go "where did we go wrong"

17. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

And XZ2P could be their last 16:9 aspect ratio flagship before waving goodbye to it and move on to 18:9 to their XZ3P or their next Premium moniker lineup. Sony had to use the normal 4K instead 4K+ in XZ2P , cause of black bars that could be distracting tho (explained in the article).

19. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Sony is always late to the game design wise.

23. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

In real-life usage , performance tho ? Never underestimated it , ever . Their RAM management and software optimization is one of the best in Android world , if not the best of the best . 4 GB of RAM in XZP once could takedown iPhone 7 Plus and X 3 GB RAM or OnePlus 5 8 GB RAM . Just saying .

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