While many smartphone brands have fused minimal bezel display on their handsets this year, Sony stayed intact with its OmniBalance or the so-called Loop design philosophy. The thick bezels at the top and bottom up are meant to house the front-firing speaker grills but that didn’t help the company escape criticism on its smartphone design language.
But we may witness a major design overhaul in Sony’s upcoming smartphones next year. A screenshot allegedly showing a Sony device spec-sheet emerged on Reddit. The screenshot reveals the specification sheet of a device with the model number H8541.
The yet-to-be-announced Sony smartphone is seen featuring a 5.7-inch display with 4K resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. It measures 149 x 74 x 7.5mm, which is relatively smaller and thinner compared to Sony’s flagship Xperia XZ Premium (Review).
Further, the screenshot shows the phone to be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB onboard storage. On the inside, the phone is powered by a 3420mAh battery. The Sony H8541 might ship with Android Oreo out of the box. Notably, Sony rolled out Android 8.0 Oreo update for its Xperia XZ Premium smartphone just two months back.
Apparently, Sony was expected to introduce a bezel-less smartphone at IFA this year. Reports back then indicated Japan Display Inc (JDI) to have reportedly supplied full-active high-res bezel-less panel to Sony. While curious Sony fans were looking forward to the alleged bezel-less phone at the leading consumer electronics trade show, it didn’t take a concrete form. But Sony may have better plans for next year to compete against its rivals.