Sony Xperia XZ4 renders reveal massive no-notch screen, triple rear camera unit, and more surprises


While waiting for the 5G technology of the future to revive its waning mobile business, Sony will probably continue to release slightly too expensive high-end smartphones that are not quite up to par with contemporary design standards.

Case in point, the Xperia XZ4 that looks pretty good in freshly leaked CAD-based renders... for a 2018 flagship. Of course, this 6.5-inch giant is expected to see daylight at the 2019 Mobile World Congress in February, snubbing both the notch trend and a hole-in-display current that may soon spread like wildfire.

While some people still prefer good old fashioned screen bezels, these seem a little chunky for a modern hero device, yielding overall measurements of 166.9 x 72.4 x 8.2 mm, according to Steve H., aka @OnLeaks, who is almost never wrong about this stuff.

That would make the Sony Xperia XZ4 significantly taller, albeit narrower, than Apple’s iPhone XS Max, which also sports a massive 6.5-inch display. 


Meanwhile, even though the fingerprint scanner of Sony’s next big thing is not immediately visible in these ultra-high-quality renders, you shouldn’t jump to conclusions. Instead of embracing the future of biometric recognition with an in-screen fingerprint reader, Sony is most likely going back to a side-mounted sensor. 

Unlike on the Xperia XZ1 and other past Sony high-enders, the fingerprint scanner appears to be positioned below the power button rather than being embedded inside it. This year’s Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3 all use rear-mounted sensors, but for some reason, the company is looking to make another design revision.

Obviously, it would have been hard to find an ideal place on the back of the Sony Xperia XZ4 with those three centered, vertically-aligned new cameras. That looks like a big upgrade over the single shooter of the Xperia XZ3, but without any details on resolution and actual imaging features, it’s too early to tell what kind of a real-world difference we’re dealing with here.

Other important points to mention include no headphone jack, which is sad but wholly unsurprising, as well as a shift from a curved display on the XZ3 to a conventionally flat design.

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46 Comments

1. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Pathetic Fanboy Phone arena.. This is pure bashing.. You suck

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

If this is an accurate render, it's not bashing. It's calling it like it is.

23. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's a by far more beautiful, elegant design than anything available right now

24. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It indeed is beautiful but there are better choices.

26. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think that depends a lot on your definition of better. What aspects are you referring to?

31. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Beauty is obviously subjective, but large asymmetrical bezels when every other manufacturer is looking to eliminate bezels in a variety of ways just makes the handset feel dated.

2. kevin97

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

So basically Sony is 3-4 years behind everyone else, like always.

5. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

And why is that?

22. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Because samsung has his brain.

28. aegislash

Posts: 1475; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Samsung clearly has yours too, since all you do is whine about them.

9. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Can u elaborate what is 3-4 years behind that you talking too bcos i dont even know what are u talking about.

4. Elvis358

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Fu*k Samsung and hater's this smartphone lookss beautiful and stunning!!!!!

21. umaru-chan

Posts: 354; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Yeah, this looks very good. Garbage Samsung Fanboys always hating sony and hypocritical garbage s-boys always lying.

27. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Doesn’t look bad but it does look like the note lol

6. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

You cannot compare its screen to iPhones - there is Notch which make it smaller than in this render, where You have full 6,5 inch doesn't matter what You are doing.

7. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The XZ2 Premium is the most underrated camera smartphone, one of the best low light shooters in the market, and with an extra lens, I can only imagine how much versatile the XZ4 will be. The old 16:9 aspect ratio was the reason holding me from getting the XZ2P, so hopefully my next smartphone will be either this or the XZ3P.

25. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Don't you think you need to manually fiddle with the settings for that plow light shot on the XZ2 Premium? I've seen that without the manual fiddling, it's kind of grainy.

29. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't. I've seen plenty of reviews where they state they only used auto mode and they still got brilliant results. My old P20 Pro was a beast in low light conditions, and even that lost to the XZ2P.

8. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

"Sony will probably continue to flood the market with overpriced high-end smartphones that are constantly one step behind the competition in terms of design." This is by far the worst article ive ever read in Phonearena. Seriously! Who the hell is the chief editor of this website and did he ever read whatever writer put on this article?! This is plain BASHING. Seriously PA? Are u guys sane?! Im just shocked that this kind of article/writer passed to the chief editor criteria.

15. middlehead

Posts: 452; Member since: May 12, 2014

Chief Editor? You give them far too much credit. I doubt they even have editors, let alone a chief.

41. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

I check his profile and the writer of this article seems a newbie in PA. He joined PA on july 2018. Really bad article tbh.

10. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Exactly my words.. Phone arena is a tech news agency kind of.. Media is supposed to be independent.. No bashing and all.. The article is clearly biased... the design is not bad at all.. Notches are awful.. Camera holes? well let them come.. they aren't any better than notches.. eye sore too.. PA should keep their opinions to their reviews only.. No need to show their Fanboy sides in news articles..

11. notfair

Posts: 719; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Horrible article. Shame on you phone Arena.

12. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Anyone knows ratio of the screen? It's not mentioned, but in pixels we have 143x332, meaning somewhere around 21:9.

13. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Very beautiful and nice looking phone not bad looking at all.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If this is indeed what it looks like it will be the first Sony phone i like. Those bezels are a lot smaller then past Sony phones. Small bezels much better then notches

16. Stormrider

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Gotta love the professional article.

18. rkoforever90

Posts: 434; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Phone do look good without any ugly notch or hole and if that's 2017 design I'd say it's better than 2018 and 2019 design

19. ikenvape

Posts: 308; Member since: May 28, 2014

I honestly don't think that article so bad. I always wanted a Sony and they always seem to charge nearly $500 more than anybody else and have nowhere near the same offerings save for a few exclusive features here and there. All the while being outdated. This one looks amazing. BUT wait for that nasty price tag since Apple opened the $1,000 market like a bunch bastards.

30. Duncdawg26

Posts: 170; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

6.5 with bezels is just to weildy for a handheld device. Though I Would take those bezels in exchange for dual front facing speakers and a big battery...

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