Japan Display (JDI) had announced last month that it had put 6.0-inch “Full Active” bezel-less IPS LCD panels into mass production. These would be the first displays from the Japanese display consortium composed of SONY, Hitachi and Toshiba with an 18:9 aspect ratio featuring a 1080 x2160 pixel resolution.
Today, a user on Weibo claimed that SONY will announce a smartphone with this display in their press event at IFA 2017, on August 31st. The first commercial smartphones bearing these new “tall” aspect ratios of 18:9 and higher were first debuted earlier this year by LG in their G6 flagship. This was followed up by Samsung who unveiled their Infinity Display equipped Galaxy S8 range of smartphones. If this rumour turns out to be true, SONY can be expected to launch as many as four new handsets including the XZ1, XZ1 Compact and X1. If we follow SONY’s naming convention, the latest handset should be titled the XZ1 Premium.
Currently, details are sparse on the ground but considering this handset will see the light of day late in 2017 or early 2018 we can expect it to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/836 SoC. With the “Full Active” display we can expect the smartphone to retain SONY’s traditional design aesthetic of a solid brick sans the large chin and forehead that have come to characterise their recent flagships.
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