Sony Xperia XA3 leaks in all its glory with big forehead but almost no chin

Sony Xperia XA3 leaks in all its glory with big forehead but almost no chin
After unveiling the mid-range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony was widely expected to bring the refined and upgraded Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra to CES 2019 last month.

That obviously didn’t happen, nor did the Sony Xperia XA3 see daylight at IFA 2018 in Berlin back in September, but an MWC 2019 announcement alongside the high-end Xperia XZ4 later this month is pretty much guaranteed.

Bizarrely enough, one of the most trusted smartphone leakers in the world is today contradicting another tipster with a near-perfect track record, revealing official-looking press renders of the fast-approaching Sony Xperia XA3 that are very different from factory CAD-based imagery leaked several months ago.

Instead of symmetrically thin top and bottom bezels, this big guy could ultimately adopt an unusual combination of a large "forehead" and an almost non-existent "chin." That simply looks weird and unnecessary in the humble opinion of this writer, although you have to give props to Sony for at least trying something different and somewhat unconventional.

On a similar note, the Xperia XA3 is now expected to sport a 5.9-inch or so screen with an uncommon 21:9 aspect ratio rather than jumping on the 18:9 bandwagon. That’s a drastic change from the outdated 16:9 displays with massive top and bottom borders on last year’s XA2 and XA2 Ultra. It’s also what we expect from the Sony Xperia XZ4, although the company’s new flagship should offer a significantly higher pixel count than the freshly rumored 2560 x 1080 resolution of the XA3.

WinFuture’s Roland Quandt has no new information on the upcoming mid-ranger’s specifications, so for the time being, we’ll assume nothing has changed on that front. If so, the Sony Xperia XA3 should come with a respectable Snapdragon 660 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space, a 3,500 mAh battery, dual 23 + 8MP rear-facing cameras, a USB Type-C port, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Color options are likely to include black, silver, blue, and pink, as revealed by an extensive batch of new high-quality renders.

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Xperia XA3
  • Display 5.9" 1080 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Is the phone that tall or is it an optical distortion ? I don't think anyone would want to be seen with such a remote control outside his living room.


Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

"Remote Control" Love it!

24. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

I god damn love the tall design! If i get a chance will get Sony! Don't know why, but I love it!

2. OneLove123

Posts: 1067; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The forehead is kinda like a big notch.

11. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016 all these years we've all been using phones with continuous notches on all four sides!

25. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

3. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I'm liking the design, looks slick.

5. Taphius

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Im digging it. If the ultra is similar with a huge battery I'll be getting one.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 810; Member since: Sep 26, 2017


6. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Sony should just give up on smartphones already.

7. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

"We're Sony, damnit! We gotta have some bezel somewhere!"

8. Farcaster

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Will it stick out of your pocket?

10. Ichimoku

Posts: 170; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Up side down controller again? I hope a LCD display doesn't have Jello effect like OP5 did with amoled display.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I thought the same. Normally complete absence of bottom bezel means upside down controller. Bending the drivers like iPhone is definitely not an option on a badget handset. I also wonder what that may mean for the phone. I also don't like the top heavy aesthetic. I'd rather have thinner, symmetrical bezels splitting the components half up, half down.

13. shafayatsohail

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

this phone is too narrow, 470 ppi but as narrow as a 4.7 inch phone that is same as iPhone XR/XS

14. A_A_A

Posts: 222; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Where is 3.5 mm jack, idiots..?

18. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

Look at the back of the XA3 on the top right side. Do you see it?

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I take it US-bound versions will revert to non-functional fingerprint scanners since it appears they are going back to FPS in the power button.

26. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

It is not on the power button, the power button is above the finger print scanner.

16. DFranch

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

21x9 ... much too skinny. Even if it had no forehead, it would be DOA.

17. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

rip 16:9 i will miss you.

19. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'm a fan of that aspect ratio. Easy to hold in 1 hand. But I have my eyes on XZ4.

20. Taquidi

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 05, 2016

Adrian thinks a large forehead and almost non-existent chin is weird and unnecesary, but I bet he sees no problem at all, probably even likes, the almost non-existent chin and large horned forehead from some fruit company.

22. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

It's called a notch and if suddenly they announce a pin-hole camera you can bet they will be salivating from every orifice of the body.

21. markusinfinite

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 05, 2016

I hope the 3.5mm is here. Even HTC brings back.

23. Techzalot

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

I actually like the forehead. It means the XA3 Ultra will continue with the awesome selfie camera. I rather have a forehead than a notch tbh. Notches are useless. If you try to cover the notch with a virtual border... guess what... It will have a forehead too.

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