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Sony’s 2018 Xperia flagship smartphones could have a radical redesign

One of Sony Mobile‘s biggest criticisms is of their apparent lack of desire to redesign their handsets — recycling the same old look over and over again. Well, it’s that and the fact that, up until recently, Sony’s handsets have been awful value for money.

For 2018, it looks like Sony could be fixing at least one of those problems.

Reports have begun streaming in about a set of renders/leaked images of what could be Sony’s upcoming flagship devices. While I think it’s still a little early to give these images too much credence, the images look just plausible — and fascinating — enough that you might want to take a look at them.

According to PhoneArena, these rendered images come from Georgian site Vortex.ge and they are apparently of two upcoming Sony smartphones. Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the devices look pretty different from the existing lineup of Sony smartphones but at least one of them doesn’t compromise on that Sony DNA.

The handset on the left with the shiny back and squarish frame looks a lot like an XZ Premium with a few design flourishes. Then there’s what looks like a massive dual-camera system and weird oblong in between (a flash, maybe?) each lens. Meanwhile the rounder handset to the right looks like a cookie cutter midrange phone straight out of China.

Flip the phones in front, and you’ll see the most 2017 thing about them — super slim bezels. From the looks of things, the handsets displays have been pushed all the way to the sides and very nearly all the way to the top and bottom. But, despite this massive screen, both smartphones look like they could potentially come with front-facing stereo speakers.

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Beyond that, other details you can identify in the photo include what looks like a USB Type-C port and a headphone jack on each device. As far as specs are concerned, GizChina reports that both devices will have 5.7-inch 4K displays with 18:9 aspect ratios. These will also reportedly be one of the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM and Android Oreo.

As far as we’re concerned these are just rumours so we’d encourage you to take them with a grain of salt. What do you guys think of these devices? Let us know in the comments below!

[SOURCE, 2, VIA, 2]