Sony rumored to finally be ditching its OmniBalance design at MWC 2018

Are you one of the many people unhappy with Sony's stagnant smartphone design? Well, we might have some good news...
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49 Comments

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A new design at last. It's about damn time, Sony!

30. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Yes, they really need to change and shake things up.

17. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I don't mind the current design, however it would be a welcome change to see something new with less bezels.... But I really hope it doesn't come with compromises such as moving the fingerprint scanner location or removing it... In fact, I would be happy with the same design but narrower top and bottom bezels to almost the speakers slits

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1556; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

By next year I think in screen finger print scanners will be ready.

38. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

That would be okay I guess.. but I do love the side power button with scanner... it is easy to find while on table, pocket, dock and blindly... and it works on a single press... With on-screen scanner I would need to press the power button and then tap the screen I don't really see the relentless pursuit of placing it behind the screen... when the side location is not taking so much space anyway...

23. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Cut off the gigantic top/bottom bezels n elongate the screen like everyone else. Keep the general square cylinder shape to maintain Sony styling. Move back to edge speaker slits like z5. Simple.

24. haydenb

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

Personally i like the Omni Balance design and the XZ premium is very premium looking. That being said id like to see Sony go bezeless.

25. brasstax

Posts: 542; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Just curious... why can't these companies minimize bezels while retaining the 16"9 form factor and if required make the phone 1 or 2 mm thicker. I am sure people won't mind. Almost everyone I have met in person or on tech forums says razor thin phones isn't their top priority. Its funny how only the companies seem to think it is and engage in some crazy design compromises to shave of mm at the waist.

31. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

16:9 with on screen buttons sucks, so much space is wasted. 17:9 instead of 18:9 (2:1) is a better idea in my opinion but I guess Sony will figure out how to keep the front camera and dual front firing speakers great.

39. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

If the design was up to me,I would do the following: - the stereo speaker should be located like the Xperia Z2... right at the top and bottom edges with an almost invisible slit (similarly to the earpiece of the Essential Phone) - the front camera and sensor should be flanking the slit as closely to the edge as possible. - keep the rectangular design AND a rectangular display that would feel like an offset of it... just like the round corners of the iPhone X display feels like an offset of the overall design. And the bezels should be Top and Bottom (like Samsung and LG, but no round corners) - I would keep the side fingerprint scanner. - I dont really care for dual rear camera, but if is a must, should be a combo of normal + telephoto (Sony already uses a wide angle) and I would definitely add OIS. - Metal design just like the XZ1... I don't ever want to go back to a glass sandwich. - also keep the 5 poles, 3.5mm jack. :)

34. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Really looking forward to see what Sony have up their sleeves. They've obviously been taking their time getting this right.

35. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I think this Mirai is a new phase for the Mobile division.. Mirai in Japanese means future.. And do you all remember that the current Sony line up was only till 2018?i.e The X lineup would or could be phased out again..

37. gamehead unregistered

I dont remember any sony phone looking different from it's current design

41. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

About damn time they change their design.

42. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Why do people care? Every phone they come out with has tons of problems and recalls.

43. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Between my wife and I, we have had 6 different Sony Xperias in the past 7 years and I never had any major issues or needed a "recall". Could you provide more information or a source to your claims?

45. oscar

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

I miss my Z3 compact..............NEVER had an issue with it.

44. oscar

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

Why can't Sony just make a JDI display phone with similar specs reported on GSMarena "Sony G8541 on GFXBench, the device is powered by a Snapdragon SoC with octa-core, 2.4GHz processor, and sports a 6.2-inch Full HD display. RAM is 4GB, while internal memory is 128GB. The device runs Android 8.0 Oreo." The sensors could be front & back 20.7 camera sensors from the Z3 series(to save money since the sensor is over 2 years old) that recorded 4k and implement OIS and DIS while having a 3400mah battery or a lil higher in XA1 Plus body (its doable since they seem to fit it on that model) that has KitKat battery saving abilities. Then maybe then can this phone get a rating over 9 because the last phone that did get a 9 rating was the Z3 compact and the Z1 at 9.2. Currently on the XA Ultra and only thing I see wrong with it is it not having a 3000mah battery and maybe OIS on the main camera.
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