As we reported yesterday, Sony has written a dismissal request to FCC with “design change” as the primary reason. Seeing this, many started to wonder whether the company decided to totally change the aesthetics of the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ2 or Xperia XZ2 Pro, the alleged phone which will be unveiled soon at MWC 2018. Considering that one of these handsets is rumored to be the first phone with a 4K OLED display, some reports even said that the company decided to ditch this screen to opt for a classic LCD panel.
But last minute changes to flagship designs are unheard of. At least not in the usual scenario. And for a company like Sony, it’s a big risk to change a finalized smartphone design just a few days before its release at a major international event. So, it’s likely that the change could be just in the smartphone radio specs and not in its external design.
Roland Quandt, the famous leakster notes that “it (the change) is highly likely just about radio stuff, not about what the phone looks like”. So, don’t expect a change in the aesthetics but just in the internals. Obviously, there will be a change over the previous generation, but that’s definitely not a last moment thing. In fact, in at least one of the upcoming flagships, Sony is expected to abandon its OmniBalance design by releasing a device with an 18:9 display and narrow bezels.
Some schematic renders of the device have already surfaced, and they suggest the presence of thin bezels on the upper and lower part. On the lower part, there will still be space for a front speaker. The handset will come with NFC, and on the back side, there will be the first rear dual camera setup ever seen on a Sony flagship. Until now, the only Sony Xperia device which was released with a dual camera setup is the Xperia XA2 Ultra, which has the setup on the front side for better bokeh effect on selfies. Sony Xperia XZ2 or Xperia XZ2 Pro will probably come with the best Qualcomm SoC under the hood: the new Snapdragon 845 with AI included.