Earlier this month, an alleged spec sheet of the Sony H8216 had surfaced online, suggesting that it could be a successor to the current Xperia XZ1. A purported render of the upcoming smartphone has now appeared online, revealing a completely new design with an extremely thin top bezel and an almost non-existent bottom bezel.
Most smartphones released so far with an 18:9 aspect ratio display have similarly thin top and bottom bezels, so the design does appear to be quite different from what other manufacturers have come up with this year. Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2 does follow a similar approach as the upcoming Sony flagship, featuring near non-existent bezels on three sides. If the render is indeed genuine, then there is a good chance that the Xperia XZ Premium successor with a 4K display might also share this very design theme. However, the render doesn’t come from a trusted source, so we cannot be sure if it is indeed the real deal and not just a fan-made concept.
Rumors suggest the H8216 will feature a 5.48-inch HDR display with 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution and Sony’s TRILUMINOS and X-Reality display enhancements. Powering the smartphone will be Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB UFS storage. Like all Sony flagships so far, the H8216 too will include a microSD card slot for further expansion. In addition to being one of the first Sony Xperia smartphones to feature a bezel-less display, the Xperia XZ1 successor will also feature a dual-camera setup at the back, something that we haven’t seen on a Sony flagship yet. For selfies, the Xperia H8216 is expected to sport a 15MP Exmor RS sensor on the front with SteadyShot stabilization and an f/2.0 aperture lens. Keeping the lights on will be a 3130mAh capacity battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge support. The smartphone will come with an IP65/68 certification as well, just like its predecessor.