This is Sony's next flagship - the Xperia F8331 leaks in clear pictures, new design in tow


Sony's latest X lineup has only recently become available in the US after taking its sweet, sweet time, and we are already running a story about the company's upcoming flagship. Well, color us surprised. 

Seems that GSMArena has obtained some exclusive pictures of what seems to be Sony's upcoming flagship phone, which is currently rolling under the Xperia F8331 moniker. And what do the new images actually tell?

For one, it looks that this time around Sony has given a bit more attention to the design of the device.

The front of the device is boasting glass that is ever so slightly curved to the sides. The front-facing speakers and the NFC at the top front are also in check.

At the back, there seems to be a fresh new layout for the dual LED flash, as well as what looks like a separate panel at the bottom that serves an yet unknown purpose. Speculation has it that the Xperia F8331 features a metal back and the bottom panel is actually an antenna cutout. Got another idea?

A USB Type-C port can be seen at the bottom, which will be a first for Sony; there's also a 3.5mm clearly visible at the top of the phone. The side-positioned power button seems like it could be boasting a fingerprint scanner, akin to the Xperia Z5 lineup and all Xperia X phones that are not sold in the US.

It is claimed that Sony's alleged next flagship phone will continue the long tradition and once again boast a 1080p display at the front, though it's impossible to judge that based on the leaked pictures alone. Finally, word on the street is that both the rear and the front cameras of the device will have their teeth cut at 4K video recording. Yes, the front either - that'd be welcome, wouldn't it?

As far as a possible announcement of the Xperia F8331 is concerned, Sony's got plenty of options – we suppose that the most logical choice, IFA 2016 this September, could be the forum at which the device will be unveiled. What do you think?


We were generally not quite impressed with Sony's recent line of devices, which left us with a bad taste in the mouths. Check out our reviews to find out exactly why:


source: GSMArena

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102 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Holy Shiz Dual LED...About time!

43. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

The downfall of smartphone industry is apparent. Same old same design. Minor differences... thats it.

72. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Of course it's the same old design. There's only so much you can do with a 16:9 or 16:10 rectangular screen. Unless you want an oval or circle.

77. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Agreed. There isn't much an OEM can do on a smartphones, design-wise.

85. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Why not oval or circle, or a globe, maybe for home use, why not bullet design like Nokia N8, why not with a slideout keyboard like E7, where is dedicated camera button, where are decent earphones designed like Nokia wh-701, why not 6.3 screen highend smartphone from Samsung in that sea of models they have? I bet they would sell like hot cakes. Where is decent protruding camera like upgraded Nokia N8 module? Its the same old s**t I ve been reading here on PA for years. Some boring gossip like first photos of Note7 charger? And very deep sea blue color variant from Apple and dark blue sky something from Samsung. This is apparent downfall. Market is saturated its had enough of Iphone derivates.

86. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

All sony has to do with their Z5/X design is keep the same shape, but reduce the size a little to increase screen size to chassis size ratio by deleting the massive chin and forehead and it would be an awesome looking phone.. Until they do that, it doesn't matter what they do to the sides, it'll still essentially the same look as the others.

87. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

A foldable phone on hand wrist is a fine design...

97. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Uglier than ever, Epic fail, Sony needs to think again before outing it.

2. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I smell this could be it! the sony phone we'll all been waiting for!

95. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

You smell wrong.

3. SyCo87

Posts: 298; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Looks decent. Hiring a new software department would be welcomed as well.

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I sure hope this is not Sony's design for their flagship, huge bezels again and the position of the back camera and led lights look ugly.

47. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

bezels really don't affect the use of the phone.

74. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

The only other phone that looks better than this is the HTC 10.

5. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Definitely not a fan of the new design. The top and bottom bezels are huge!

7. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Yeah :/ but still beautiful...

9. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I think is because of front-facing speakers.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats the old excuse sony fans always use.. take a look at nexus6, it have front stereo speaker and small bezels, and so is old-gen motoX

20. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Waterproof also made the bezel bigger... and Nexus 6P don't waterproof.

25. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Show me another phones which have 5"-5.2" screen, dual front facing stereo speaker, waterproofing but has better screen to body ration than Sony's phones. I'll wait.

41. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Waterproofing has nothing to do with how big the bezels are, this is 2016 not 2010. The S7 Edge has one of the highest screen to body ratios, while having a physical home button housing a fingerprint scanner underneath it, and 2 capacitive buttons as well.

53. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

okay, but have you tried taking pictures underwater with it? can that phone even do that?

57. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I did with my old S5 and I am sure I can with the S7E. https://youtu.be/jMqla13ubaA You can't get a better water resistant test than this, and the S7 proved it is a far superior device in this area compared to the Z5.

82. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I never said anything about the s5 besides if you wanted to compare the s5 only with its weaker processor and gpu from 2014 this Sony phone leaves Sammy in the dust. It's better for your argument to stick with the phones we're talking about.

59. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I just took some underwater pics with my S7 Edge a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing!!! Phone operated just fine after that... So yes it can be done.

83. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Thanks for the feedback, what's the longest and how deep have you taken it?

32. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

And they all look ugly. Minimal bezel doesn't automatically equal attractive design. And Sony phones are waterproof.

44. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

It's mainly because of the camera sensor! They don't want to add a camera hump, so they have to place it within the top bezel. And because of the omnibalance design, the bottom bezel is equally big. All Xperia phones use big sensors (around 1/2,3"), and they're always placed within the top bezel.

48. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

they always are, but still don't affect the use of the phone.

6. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

This is the "tube" design from last year's leak (after the Sony hack) http://www.phonearena.com/image.php?m=Articles.Images&f=name&id=181693&kw=&popup=1

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