Sony decides to change its flagship's design at the last minute

Sony decides to change its flagship's design at the last minute
Sony is expected to unveil a new flagship later this month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, but that's not the most important news about the Japanese company. It appears that the handset maker had a change of heart concerning the design of its upcoming top-tier smartphone and decided to make some changes.

In a letter to FCC (Federal Communications Commission), Sony Mobile requested that one of its grants be dismissed. According to the Japanese company, the reason for dismissal is “design change.” So, since the device that was granted FCC approval hasn't been sold or marketed anywhere, the commission should have no issues in dismissing the grant.

The letter is dated February 7, so there isn't enough time to make any major design changes to the flagship, but they're important enough to justify a grant dismissal apparently. It's unclear what exactly Sony plans to change to its flagship, but we can't help but wonder if they plan on adding a notch.

Sony confirmed that its MWC 2018 press conference will take place on February 26, just one day after Samsung Galaxy S9's big reveal. Aside from its flagship, Sony is expected to introduce a couple of mid-range Xperia smartphones as well.

source: FCC via XperiaBlog



1. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The jack?

9. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

May be they had different prototypes and finalized some other one at last minute.

24. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I am surprised that there has been no real device leaks of sony flagship as of now.

25. acme64

Posts: 129; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

maybe the flagship hasn't been submitted yet, thus no leaks.

18. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Hopefully!!!... I will not upgrade without a 5-pole, noise cancelling compatible jack.... I want my NC headphones to be compatible at least one more generation

22. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

sorry Jack. we do not have room for you, find a new home.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2488; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It more than likely would have to deal with the addition of a headphone jack or some kind of port along those lines. I doubt they would do a notch considering the software changes that would be involved in adding that last minute. It has to be something that could be readily added without needing to change the software.

4. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I would bet it's the location of the FCC logo. Previous schematics show the FCC logo drawer coming from the top but it has always been from the side.

12. Skizzo

Posts: 405; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I hope you're correct. The removal of the headphone jack was a bit of a shocker, and it's something they could easily add last minute...or maybe Qi wireless charging if they go for a glass back instead of metal.

5. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

This better not result in overheating or a dodgy battery...

8. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

I think for overheating , they already fixed with triple-graphite-layer to fixed the problem , first introduced in XZ Premium last year . For dodgy battery , that's uncertain until Sony MWC's event occur .


Posts: 467; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

They tried to make the bezels slim and failed.

7. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Are you sure ? Well , remember Xperia ZL ? The father founding of slim bezel phone at that time it was released (January 2013) LOL . Well , they're doing it again and much better . Maybe they're doing about the 3.5mm jack .

13. CrappleCrapmoled

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 12, 2018

How do you know ?

14. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

At the time when Xperia ZL was released , which is January 2013 at CES 2013 , alongside main-course Xperia Z , it has whopping 75,6% STB , which impressive back then and it wasn't a lot phone has that near STB (mostly 60s%) . Sure LG G2 beat Xperia ZL with slightly better STB , but still , XZL was released 7 months earlier than G2 , so it was a cornerstone for slim bezels phone to start growing , although it wasn't massive as now and Sony decided to end the slim bezel on their phones until the Xperia C5 Ultra release with 75,9% at 2015 . Then Sharp decided to do the same concept (slim-bezel phone) but different approachment with Sharp Aquous Crystal which 3-sided were slim to non-existent bezels which inspired Xiaomi to do Xiaomi MI Mix , the breakthrough-phone on phone design starting 2017 . Nevertheless , ZL was keeping 4-sided slim as possible , which inspired LG to make G6 with ZL concept .

10. mimicryXD

Posts: 180; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

they say its HEADPHONE Jack not the ugly notch.

11. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

How are you going to change the design of a cell phone that will be presented next week? What stupidity is this hahahaha the phones for the mwc 1 week ago they are on their way.

20. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

they probably already had the design of choice in several prototypes... but filed the FCC for one of them... now they can request the FCC to grant approval for another prototype instead...

15. rkoforever90

Posts: 479; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

What if this device is not going to be released next week. There has not been any major leaks about the so called xz pro 2 other than some specs written on a papdr

16. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

I think they are making the bezel smaller and those who are still crying for the jack should stop because in coming year all major OEM will remove it.

17. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

The addition of wireless charging and for it to work on all carriers are the last minute changes I am hoping for.

21. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yeah definitely came to their senses regarding the headphone jack after collecting customer feedback is my guess. I'm sure they have 2 variants ready for show just in case.

23. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013


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