Sony is rumored to unveil new smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019, in other words). Today, we’re getting a glimpse at one of those phones thanks to new renders leaked by Roland Quandt at WinFuture.
In the images, we get a look at the upcoming Sony Xperia XA3. Not much is known about the device, but one thing looks to be certain: it’ll have a 21:9 display. Last we heard, the Xperia XZ4 was rumored to ship with a 21:9 display, the ideal aspect ratio for watching films since a vast majority are shot in that aspect ratio. Of course, this would create a pretty large vertical canvas which isn’t ideal for content in, say, 16:9, but the screen will likely be useful for things like reading articles.
All of this comes with one gigantic caveat. In the renders, it’s clear there’s a forehead. But not just any forehead. A gigantic one. For whatever reason, Sony doesn’t just even out the bezel situation with the XA3 and give the phone a bit of a chin and forehead by splitting the difference. Instead, the company doesn’t include any chin at all but instead packs in a gigantic forehead that, admittedly, looks worse than most notches.
Honestly, I really don’t know what Sony was thinking when they considered this design. Sure, you’re eliminating the notch, but at the cost of having to stare at a chunky forehead that looks straight out of 2012.
If you look past the ugly front design, the rest of the phone doesn’t look too bad. WinFuture reports the XA3 will come with a Snapdragon 660 processor, 64GB of internal storage, a 3,500mAh battery, dual cameras, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and a USB-C port. No headphone jack is found in the renders, but at this point, how many more times can you actually expect a headphone jack on a smartphone?
Sony is rumored to unveil the XA3 during MWC which kicks off in a few weeks. Stay tuned to Matridox for more on this and other stories.