Sony's next Xperia flagship has leaked and it looks beautiful


The Xperia 1 saw Sony adopt an entirely new design language last year in a bid to stand out from the crowd. And now that the flagship is nearing its first anniversary, new renders published by Steve Hemmerstoffer in partnership with Slashleaks suggest the Japanese company is preparing to introduce a rather elegant-looking successor that could be called the Xperia 1.1 or the Xperia 5 Plus.

No controversial notch, front-facing speakers, and more cameras


Building upon the looks of the original, this upcoming phone reportedly features a slightly larger 6.6-inch OLED display that presumably boasts a 21:9 aspect ratio. It's paired with virtually undetectable side bezels and a uniform forehead and chin which have been reduced significantly this time around.

Together, these bezels house a pair of front-facing stereo speakers, something Sony hasn't included since the Xperia XZ3. The forehead also includes a single selfie camera that boasts an 8-megapixel resolution and is paired with an upgraded rear camera setup now positioned in the top-left corner.

As indicated by today's renders, Sony has included a primary camera on the rear of the Xperia 1.1 (or Xperia 5 Plus) and coupled it with an ultra-wide-angle alternative and a telephoto shooter rather than a periscope-like implementation. To ensure things are still relatively competitive, though, the company has added a Time-of-Flight sensor which should improve portrait photography.

For those of you wondering how these changes affect the physical size of the phone, the dimensions provided by Steve Hemmerstoffer suggest the Xperia 1.1 (168.2 x 71.6 x 8.1mm) won't be that much bigger than last year's Xperia 1 (167 x 72 x 8.2 mm). If anything, it should be a little more comfortable to hold because the width has been reduced slightly.

The headphone jack is back after two years away


Sony's updated flagship design is completed by a boxier frame that's seemingly carved out of aluminum. It's home to the usual USB-C port on the bottom and a power key up the right side.

In addition to this, the Japanese brand has included a dedicated shutter button and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Most other smartphone brands have switched over to modern in-screen fingerprint scanner alternatives over the course of the past year despite the perceived reduction in accuracy, but Sony still appears to be putting quality first on the upcoming Xperia 1.1.

Rounding out the phone's physical package is a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the smartphone. Sony became one of the first mainstream brands to ditch the port back in 2018 with the release of the Xperia XZ2, but following a long outcry from loyal fans, it appears to have reverted course and fitted its next flagship with the much-loved feature.

Sony Xperia 1.1 (Xperia 5 Plus) announcement, release date, specs


Sony is expected to debut the Xperia 1.1 or Xperia 5 Plus at MWC 2020 in late February, just a couple of weeks after Samsung announces the upcoming Galaxy S20 series. However, if history is anything to go by, shipments of the phone might not begin until late May or early June, therefore giving rivals the chance to pull further ahead.

As for the internal specifications, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 is probably going to power the smartphone, which means 5G network support will be available as standard. It should be coupled with Android 10, Sony's very minimal custom overlay, and at least 8GB of RAM with 128GB of expandable internal storage.

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81 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1291; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks great

38. Rocket

Posts: 731; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

That's what i call beautiful!

50. KParks23

Posts: 748; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Looks great but what a stupid name!

78. donrox

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

That name is an assumption so far. I myself assume they'll call it Xperia 1.1

2. m_usm04

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 02, 2019

Wow, much better then notch and punch hole. Finally, Sony is going in right direction.

3. TheAccountant unregistered

21:9 looks ugly for a smartphone. hope sony will focus on fundamentals (camera, battery life) this time rather than idiotic things

5. Bogdan88

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 03, 2016

The phones this year are coming with 20:9 display ratios so your point is useless.

8. smallworld

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I hate 20/9 or 21/9. 18/9 is the best ratio

10. Bogdan88

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 03, 2016

I agree.

4. Galen20K

Posts: 582; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

honestly, this super tiny bezels don't bother me at all...... in fact, i much prefer this or how Samsung does theirs, compared to a Waterfall display. i am just not interested in using a Waterfall display, no matter how beautiful it is to "look" at. these are beautiful (and usable)) also.

22. Poptart2828

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

My waterfall display is just as usable as any other. The difference is watching content on a waterfall display just seems to make it a much more immersive experience. You gotta try it and maybe it will change your mind

66. izim1

Posts: 1615; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Except it isn't. The curve is perfect for warp/glaring on the top and bottom of whatever it is youre watching.

6. TadTrickle

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Hot damn, nice design Sony! I bet the price will be through the roof though. Like $300 more than a galaxy S

7. TadTrickle

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Does anyone know how to view your comment history here, on mobile? I don't like to leave comments here a lot bc I never see my replies

20. TBomb

Posts: 1705; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

There used to be a way. I think they removed it :(

24. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Yeah, it's (unfortunately) been removed.

45. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

They need to bring it back

9. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

It is still unclear if this is a global device of just for Japan.

11. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

So sony is doing what a big chunk of users have been crying for - very small top and bottom symmetric bezels. No notch, no punch hole, no pop-up. 3.5 mm jack. Let's see how many of them now actually buy it

43. bucknassty

Posts: 1395; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

That's what needs to happen! Buy this phone people! Hopefully it has a reasonable price

49. TheNane

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 26, 2019

And front facing speakers. Anyone have experience with the side fingerprint scanner? Seems like a good spot.

57. Comskian

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

Best location for scanner in my opinion. Natural resting position for left index finger or right thumb in Xperia Z5c. Glad to see they came back to this design after moving to rear mounted scanner in some other recent models.

82. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I have a side finger print scanner on my current phone. Have had it on the back and on the front in previous phones. I like it on the side, allows me to pick up and unlock without getting into an unnatural position, or unlock while it's laying flat on the desk with a different finger.

55. DeanMachine

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 26, 2017

That's not all that people are crying for, just a piece of it. Sony needs to make a good camera and decent battery to, then I promise the people will buy it

67. izim1

Posts: 1615; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

People want these things, but dont want the ridiculous prices that sony tends to put out on their smartphones. They just dont command the same prices as the Samsung note/apple max series but Sony refuses to believe it

12. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I hope PA team does not deny this is what they wanted iphone 12 Pro to be. No notch, front speakers, flat frame , side FPS , small bezels and cam button .. Too sad iphone 12 pro will be iphone 11 pro + ToF

15. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

For somebody who seemingly hates iPhones, you sure do love mentioning them on stories that have *literally nothing* to do with them.

18. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

How many articles that have nothing to do with Apple (usually when about Samsung) , Apple is mentioned ? Tons ...... I hate the design of newer iphones. 8+ looks better than X .... Not my fault if Apple charges an obscene price for a screen that is missing a piece instead of doing something like Meizu 16T or even Mate 10 Pro. Not even counting fact Mate 10 has front button. Lack of will or competence? Who knows ...... By the way , Samsung S11+/20 Ultra will have same height of this one. Hope the writer of the review do not forget to call it tall, same way this one will be ... Nothing personnal ..... This is why I chose an ipad with the classic button.

23. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

If you have an issue with Apple or any other company being mentioned in an article, then point it out in the comments of that article. I read the comments section and take everything on board. But calling out writers for mentioning Apple in a story and then proceeding to bring up the company time and time again in the comments section of other stories where the brand isn't mentioned is pretty hypocritical. You're the only person drawing attention to Apple and it's quite pathetic. And if you aren't a fan of the iPhone X/XS/11 design, mentioning it once is usually enough. But if you insist on constantly complaining about a phone you're not going to buy, complain about it on Apple articles. There's absolutely no reason to complain about it on stories about rival brands where it's not a relevant topic. Trolling isn't cool and never will be. Have a nice day!

77. AliBashir

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Funny fact your comment applies to every fanboy including IPhone and Samsung fans etc, and maybe you?? Every fanboy is bashing another brand in every thread especially Apple fans IN THIS SITE.

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