Sony to launch bezel-less Xperia XZ Premium sequel in 2018

Let's face it, Sony makes some of the ugliest smartphones in the industry. While every brand that matters jumped on the bezel-less design bandwagon, Sony stubbornly insists on keeping the so-called OmniBalance design principles.

Although reports about a complete redesign of its 2018 lineup emerged some weeks ago, we're still not convinced that Sony will steer its focus into the right direction. Well, the following information leaked today might put some of our fears to rest, as Sony does seem to have changed its design policy.

A screenshot allegedly showing the specs sheet of an unannounced Sony smartphone with model number H8541 has just surfaced from China. Sony H8541 seems to be the company's first 2018 flagship since it boasts a 5.7-inch display with 4K resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating.

Furthermore, the smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal memory. Still, what really caught our eye are the measurements of the device.

Sony H8541 measures 149 x 74 x 7.5mm, which makes it smaller and thinner than the Xperia XZ Premium (156 x 77 x 7.9mm), even though the former has a much larger display.

Unfortunately, there aren't too many improvements over the Xperia XZ Premium aside from the bigger screen and larger battery (3,420 mAh). Also, Sony H8541 will come with Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box, but the Xperia XZ Premium has already received the update.

Well, at least we get to see Sony's new design language applied to its smartphones. Perhaps the rest of the phones the Japanese company plans to reveal early next year will be more appealing to Sony fans.



1. g2a5b0e unregistered

I hope these specs are incorrect. If Sony comes calling in 2018 with 4GB of RAM & the 835 on their flagship device, a new design will not save them. Those lackluster sales will only continue.

8. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Crying out loud what's wrong with 4 gig ram??

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

Nothing at all. I think 4 GB of RAM is more than sufficient for a mobile device. The problem is that many manufacturers are doing 6 & some are even doing 8. Sony already has some of the worst sales numbers among the major Android manufacturers (less than 1% market share). If they can't do anything to differentiate themselves & have specs at least equal to their competitors, their sales will only continue to be garbage.

34. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I hope you would stop commenting on sony article with your fake concern for sony mobile. That fake concern may work on people who are new here but for people who are here for long time know that you always trolls sony and encourge and defend troll who regularly troll Sony article. Anyone remember how this guy ( g2a5b0em ) always comes to defend Hallyu and saying he is not racist and also try to educate people what racism is. I wish I had bookmarked those page to show how much of a hypocrite this guy is.

37. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Well said. g2 and teddork are the definition of fart smeller.

42. g2a5b0e unregistered

Fart smeller? Really? I didn't realize 8-year-olds were allowed on this website.

38. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Try Note 8 with 6 gig of ram with S8 with 4 gig of ram you will see the different.

45. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Thats because it's samsung. Samsung UI is very heavy so 2GB extra ram definitely helped. I don't think it'll help that much in sony's light UI. Nevertheless I want a Sony phone with 4k screen, 6 GB ram and a camera system that can actually go toe with toe with latest galaxy flagship. At the moment Sony's camera in their phones are mediocre at best.

27. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Even if sony phone have only 4 gb ram but when it comes to speed it was on par with one plus latest phone with 8 gb and even faster than Note 8 with 6 gb or ram. Why increase it if it was more than enough to push that 4k screen.

51. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

720p@960fps Is the only spec that matters. 4 6 8 gb doesnt mean anything. Any app will work as fast as other devices. SONY FTW, They only thing that can make it better is a removable battery version :)

2. pthpth

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 31, 2017

Really? just because they've had phones with bigger bezels and rectangular than other manufacturer you call it Sony's design is the ugliest..? Hello, every iPhones(but x)? Sony has a good fan base because of their product designs, and I happened to be one. In fact XZ Premium awarded for the best mobile phone in GloMo. Also remember Xperia ZL;]? I'm excited about what's their iteration for bezel-less design.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Cosmin V. Has lost his mind lol. Sony's design language got old but to call it ugly is crazy, I still love it tbh and switching to bezel-less doesn't mean they are going to change much.

14. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Who the hell is Cosmin V. anyway?? Stick to being non-existent

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

He's one of the resident "iPhoneArena" authors. The majority of his articles read like editorials or even just Apple ads. Actually, I'm surprised he didn't manage to reference here in some fashion. Well done Cosmin!

12. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I can see them trimming down the bezels so they're next to nothing, whilst keeping the dual front facing speakers and also keeping the front facing camera/sensors underneath the small bit of bezel at the top....which is the way bezel-less should be, honestly. Notches cutting into the display are definitely not the right direction, so hopefully they don't try something like that. I'm honestly excited as well to see what their new design language is like, because with Sony's excellent track record in recent is sure to be a stellar looking phone.

32. Feanor

Posts: 1418; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I agree; the Xperia XZ Premium may have ugly bezels but it has also a beautiful loop design, machined diamond cut edges that make it look strict and precise and a much more beautiful solution of camera sensors array the the iPhones and Galaxies. It's also thinner and with a non-sticking out camera, courtesy of these bezels. Judging a phone design only by its bezels is like saying all cars with long bonnet are beautiful.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Switch the specs to the latest and I might finally own a Sony phone.

5. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

"Let's face it, Sony makes some of the ugliest smartphones in the industry." Personally, I think they make some of the most beautiful. Sure, the size of the bezels are a bit dated, but the overall designs are lovely in a sea of same-looking phones. "While every brand that matters jumped on the bezel-less design bandwagon, Sony stubbornly insists on keeping the so-called OmniBalance design principles." Bezel-less has only become a thing recently, and Sony has released very few phones since the first bezel-less devices came exactly are they being stubborn for not immediately following a trend that only gained momentum in the last few months?

6. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

"Let's face it, Sony makes some of the ugliest smartphones in the industry" This is extremely a subjective opinion, and to me they are some of the most elegant, utilitarian and nice designs... In my eyes, a huge notch on the screen and a big camera hump is extremely ugly, it doesn't matter if the design is "bezeless". I hope they keep the rectangular (sharp corner) design for both the display and the frame. and minimize the bezel while retaining the front facing stereo speakers and side FPS.

11. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Man, I absolutely loved my Sony Z Ultra (it wasn't called Xperia Z Ultra since I had the Google Play Editition) BUT ANYWAYS.... It was a massive phone, but despite it's looked so classy from all the angles. Sony knows how to build beautiful, elegant devices, that's for sure. Give me an Xperia XZ Ultra with slimmer bezels, front facing stereo speakers, an actual camera flash this time (the z ultra had no flash....odd for a 2013 high end phone), fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, and I would buy it in a heartbeat.

7. Seany

Posts: 94; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I have never had a problem with Sony's designs,not everyone can afford or even wants a tall screened phone that resembles a tv

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

4GB of RAM still in 2018??? Thing is Sony still knows how to optimize their phones out of the box, so it aint all that bad.

13. Busyboy

Posts: 738; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

"Sony makes some of the ugliest smartphones in the industry" Amazing journalism right there. Proud to be using AdBlock on both my computer and phone.

17. Furbal unregistered

Their phones are great looking. At least you can tell it apart from the rest of the crowd. Red xz premium is damn gorgeous

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

SD835 for 2018? they better price it $499 at launch

16. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

They have no choice just to released this product ASAP compare what happen to XZP last year where sammy get all the chipset

19. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Author clearly isn't a Sony fan...

31. Nikolai90

Posts: 50; Member since: May 16, 2017

The author is paid by some of the phone manufacturers. How much per month they are paying for this author?

20. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Sony ugly? lol it's just dated design. OnePlus is already outsell Sony flagship Everytime because Sony doesn't innovate anymore.

21. sunnyfpy

Posts: 293; Member since: May 12, 2013

Nothing impressive

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