Pretty much any mention of the words "Sony Xperia" online will inevitably get you the same reaction: people unhappy with the manufacturer's decision to stick with its years-old design principles (even though it's far from the only company doing it).
But this might soon change, if a new rumor is to be believed: Sony is said to be retiring its OmniBalance for good starting next year. Rejoice!
As you may know, Sony likes releasing its major smartphones in two batches: one early in the year at the Mobile World Congress, and one in late summer at IFA. And as per the rumor, MWC 2018 will see the company release only devices using the new "Mirai" design principles (which is a terrible naming choice, by the way).
And as it happens, this isn't the first time we're hearing of a possible new Sony design: the company was previously rumored to be working on its own take on the bezel-less smartphone, and Mirai may well turn out to be the product of these efforts. Well, either that, or both rumors are false — given the lack of concrete info so far, we advise you take a healthy helping of salt alongside these rumors.
Still, it would be fun to see what Sony, a company widely know for its creatively designed products, would do once it finally decided to refresh its smartphone looks.
source: Esato forums