Sony will finally ditch the bezels found on its flagship smartphone with the launch the Xperia XZ Pro at MWC 2018 next month. The smartphone has been rumored to pack a 4K OLED display, and Snapdragon 845 chipset making it a really premium device but it is also likely to follow on the footsteps of Apple and Google this year.
According to The Inquirer, the Xperia XZ Pro will be the latest addition to a growing list smartphones without the 3.5mm headphone jack. The details regarding company’s plan to drop 3.5mm audio jack were seen in a latest FCC filing. The listing shows an unannounced Sony device in ‘Charging Mode’ with a dongle that splits into a USB port, and a headphone jack. The dongle seen in the representational image slots into the USB Type-C port of the handset, and will allow users to continue listening to music while also being able to charge the device.
While the FCC filing does not confirm the device to be Xperia XZ Pro directly, the 52.8×72.4mm dimensions suggest it could be the upcoming flagship smartphone. According to Chinese site MyDrivers, the Xperia XZ Pro will feature a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The website claims that Xperia XZ Pro will feature Snapdragon 845 chipset despite Samsung calling first dibs on the newest 10nm processor from Qualcomm.
The report also said that Xperia XZ Pro will have minimal bezels and offer 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. It is said to support expandable storage and pack a 3,420mAh battery. Other features detailed include dual-camera setup that includes an 18-megapixel shooter with 1.33micron pixel size paired with a 12-megapixel secondary sensor. The smartphone is expected to feature a 13-megapixel front camera but there is no confirmation on the exact resolution just yet.
MyDrivers also claims that Xperia XZ Pro will be IP68 water and dust resistance, and could be priced around RMB 6,000 or around Rs 60,000 when it goes on sale. Sony has lost to other giants like Apple and Samsung in the flagship smartphone race, and its products haven’t evolved much in terms of design, features and price.
But the company’s CEO Kaz Hirai recently confirmed that Sony will continue to make smartphones and will not leave the space in order to not miss out on next trend. With the Xperia XZ Pro, Sony might be trying to salvage its ship and stay relevant in the business.