Sony D6503 Sirius: A closer look at the KitKat battery icon, plus a couple of new live pics

by XB on 22nd February 2014

in Rumours, Xperia Z2

Battery indicator_Sirius_2Interestingly, when we first saw Sony’s new Android KitKat UI, one of the things people really noticed was that the battery icon had changed. Gone was the green battery of old, replaced by a transparent icon with the battery level percentage indicator inside the icon.

We imagine that Sony has adopted this new icon as it takes up less space in the status bar. In the current Jelly Bean version, space is taken up separately for both the battery icon and the battery percentage indicator.

The current version also has an additional icon to indicate that STAMINA mode is activated, whereas in the new KitKat UI, STAMINA mode is indicated by a small ‘+’ symbol next to the battery indicator. You can get a closer look at this in the images below.

New Xperia Android KitKat battery icon

Battery indicator_Sirius_1

New Xperia Android KitKat battery icon with STAMINA mode on

Battery indicator_Sirius_2

Current Xperia battery icon on Android Jelly Bean

Current battery

You will also find a couple of new images of the Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ prototype showing a clear shot of both the front and back of the handset. The picture showing the front gives you good idea of the side bezels. The back of the handset also confirms the use of the G Lens and the camera CMOS details have been blanked out, but expect it to run a similar 20.7MP sensor.

Sony Sirius_Front

Sony Sirius_Back

Via XDA-developers.

Thanks Ben and difwwh!

  • bossman

    The display has more real estate i.e less bezels. I like this phone in spite of its conservative styling, it’ll offer a lot more under the hood

  • xperia fan

    HTC,samsung,LG had released the kitkat…come on sony dont fall behind release the kitkat now…:DDDDD

  • wedjat

    simple, and yet it gives all information necessary, like sony does always. I like when it indicates percentage of battery left and not bars 3 or 4. Is this a z1 screen protector on it or is it a bad asp

  • whats odd to me is that the sirius is SLIIIIGHTLY bigger than the z1 which dosn’t make sense as it has a 5.2 inch screen unless the bezels are MUCH thinner on the sirius which they don’t look

    i saw a lg g2 5.2 inch yesterday and compared it to my z1 the screen on the lg is noticably larger

    so to me this dosn’t make sense heres an example

    is it possible that the bottom bezel is thinner than the top? oh please god no as i like symmetry

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  • Stephen

    the current one allows you to put percentage beside the battery, but i agree the percentage in the battery looks better

  • Miron

    bought G2 my daughter – did not like the shell and display. Sold))

  • it is plastic so i don’t like it either i am just using it as an example

  • Mohammed Khired

    oh !!

    there’s X’s beside the camera ? so maybe it’s not 20.7 mega pixel , or maybe ……?

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    omg led flash agaaaaain ouuuuuuuuuf , i suffer with led flash on my z1 .. come on all companies now make double led flash or xenon

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Late March or Q2 2014

  • lightninglion

    the phone is sexy

  • Thinkabouttech

    Why do you think that the LG G2 has back buttons? currently all the ultra small bezels don’t allow for button on the sides. Sharp’s EDGEST phones currently have the smallest bezels around and the volume buttons have to be in the front of the phone.

    So if you want small bezels forget about docks, camera button, and power button on the sides.

  • Utsav Shah

    I don’t understand the point of using such an ugly icon!
    It was ugly till JB and now it’s uglier than before.

    C’mon Sony, You should also focus on UI design, not only exterior designs!

  • T.T


    It’s the same thing as on Z1.

  • Hitesh Pande

    I loved when sony brought dust proof and water proof . its the killer feature. I think xzl has the right form factor. they should have started the bezel less screens and differentiate themselves from the rest of the stock. one thing better would be pre rooted phones and customized hardware options for their phones. it would be like you choose your configuration for the features you want on the phone.

  • Hitesh Pande

    I think the battery icon is now outdated n consuming space in status bar.

  • kunal

    Sony has gone mad
    Samsung is losing it’s customers coz of almost same design on every handset & now sony is under same criteria….

  • Arthur Ho

    hope the font size of percentage indicator will not become smaller when it is put inside the battery

  • Jacob

    looks pretty good.. i have Z and only things I want are transparent buttons, statusbar and new icons of dialer, contacts etc. they’re look so old.

  • Froyo

    instead they shld provide more colour option like Xperia Z Compact or using different material so that it is easy to recognize

  • Froyo

    instead they shld provide more colour option like Xperia Z Compact or using different material so that it is easy to recognize

  • roeshak

    There really isn’t any point commenting on this phone anymore. As they say, if you’ve got nothing positive to say, best stay silent.

  • Logical

    I like it, I don’t find it ugly.

  • Mohammed Khired

    i hope so…

  • redwan

    i want sony xperia z2

  • Sean

    Sexy?? More like bland

  • zairolafzal zainal

    Now the new UI look alike the stock version. Love it….

  • Dmitry Perets

    This is exactly what I DON’T like… Sony seems to lose its style, becoming more Nexus-like. I never liked Nexus look. Ufff… Where is that cool and stylish UI from Sony’s 4.1-4.2 releases…?

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  • zairolafzal zainal

    Chill dude…. Do u really want all the ram usage wasted just to run the ui? Plus bloatware comes with carrier? Maybe sony want to minimize ram usage on ui and empersizing to other adds on futures apps.

  • zairolafzal zainal

    Chill dude…. Do u really want all the ram usage wasted just to run the ui? Plus bloatware comes with carrier? Maybe sony want to minimize ram usage on ui and empersizing to other adds on futures apps.

  • Castor

    not possible because waterproof antennas are bulky. look at the s4 active. samsung couldn’t manage to keep it as small as the original s4

  • Dmitry Perets

    Don’t see how beautiful and stylish UI makes memory usage higher. Again, Sony already HAD a great and stylish UI, and it worked smoothly and was very well optimized. In fact, it was better optimized than the current 4.3, in my opinion. And Nexus… if I would like it, I would buy it. Or at least I would buy Sony Google Play Edition. But I don’t like those, so I want to have a custom UI. Regarding the bloatware – here I agree. Luckily, right now Sony is far from being the worst from this perspective. They even let me uninstall Facebook ;)

  • zairolafzal zainal

    The ui serve with a futures that why the amout of the ram usage count. For example sony current ui running estimated 64mb of ram comparing others ui sense n touchwiz consume more ram needed. Plus with android eco not much to be done on ui skin due to patern look and feel wars even among android manufacture. One wrong step u get sued… :-)

  • Dmitry Perets

    UI from different manufacturers still looks very different, comparing to each other or to Google. And yes, memory usage is also different – some UIs are more optimized than others. So what? Does it mean that everybody should just use Google’s UI? I don’t think so. Sony’s UI was smooth and stylish, and rather lightweight, comparing to TouchWiz for example. Is it heavier than Google stock UI? Don’t know, but why would it be?

  • Wolf

    I agree, I think Sony’s UI is so stylish. I buy Sony for that reason among many. What are they?
    1. Stylish/Sexy
    2. Reliable
    3. Unique
    4. Non-offensive layout
    If I wanted Google’s stock, then I would get a Google edition like Dmitry stated. I understand the need to minimize UI overlay *cough cough… Touchwiz… cough cough* but I think Sony absolutely did a fantastic job including their own “flavor”, if you will. I hope it stays. I don’t want my Sony becoming a Nexus!

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  • Andre

    OEM’s that want to use transparent status bar must use white text and icons. Only urgent notifications like low battery can use colours. That is the reason every major OEM is going with white stuff on their new KitKat status bars. Anyway green battery icons is very 2009.

  • zairolafzal zainal

    Yes i understand yout need regarding sony ui that look alike stock version. But honestly it wasnt that bad comparinh sony icon vs google icon ( more to flat ios7 look alike ) . I dont mind about the simple look like google stock ui and i can still seing sony flavor on it. What iam into is whats more intergrade functionality sony will add on for their upcoming update. Plus we live in android eco system … There a lot custom thames to be choose to make ur device more personal in flavor.

  • Jose Henrique Hino

    After the update to Kit Kat (4.4.2), I realized the Stamina mode doesn’t uphold the battery as before (Jelly Bean 4.3). :(

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