Sony Mobile’s four Xperia models destined for MWC break cover

by XB on 26th February 2017

in Rumours

Leakster extraordinaire Evan Blass (@evleaks) has been outing all of the major smartphones destined for MWC in recent weeks and Sony Mobile is no exception. Evan has leaked an image showing the four Sony Xperia 2017 models that are destined for an announcement at the MWC tradeshow tomorrow morning.

Sony Mobile is using the same design language across its four devices, which if you are taking a quick glance could be mistaken for being the same handset but in different colours. We recently asked our readers how important bezels were to you, especially as 2017 is likely to be the year that manufacturers look to reduce them as much as possible. But, Sony is sticking with its 2016 design language which includes quite large bezels on the top/bottom of the handsets.

Of the four handsets, it can clearly be seen that the first two are mid-range devices with no fingerprint power button, whilst the latter two are the flagship devices which incorporate Sony’s triple image sensor.

2017 Sony Xperia Flagships

Sony’s loop surface design is present in these new flagships. We already saw the Xperia XZ Premium leak yesterday, which is sitting on the left below. Next to it is the spec upgrade of the Xperia XZ (which could end up being called the Xperia XZs according to previous rumours). This handset looks pretty much identical to the Xperia XZ, but obviously with a new sky blue colour.

These new Xperia XZ models are likely to use the Snapdragon 835 chipset and incorporate a new Sony imaging sensor capable of 960fps slow motion video. If you look closely, you can see that the camera is bigger than that found in last year’s Xperia XZ.

The camera used in this 2017 flagship (right) looks bigger than the Xperia XZ (left)

2017 Sony Xperia Mid-range

The two mid-range Sony Xperia devices (G31XX and G32XX) will use the the MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset, with the larger handset sporting a 1080p display, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It also includes a front-facing flash, so a natural successor to the Xperia XA Ultra. We have already had a good look at the smaller version, which is expected to sport a 720p display.

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  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Comments about bezels are great under that photo.

  • Harish

    Looks Awesome. Bezels are worth, since it holds awesome front cam and stereo speakers. I personally like this design rather than the one which was leaked couple of days ago. It was hideous. Sony, bring’em soon.

  • jxPerience

    I think the black one is XZ Premium and the light blue is XZ in a new color.

  • 07070

    But why do the flagships have their volume buttons below the power button?

  • jxPerience

    I don’t understand, Z3 Compact has 2 front mounted stereo speakers but still they are able to design with acceptable bezel, but now the front and bottom bezel is not really acceptable, they can reduced it more. Z3 compact is the best design for me, i hope they can keep the same design and size with upgraded specifications. 821,3GB RAM,64GB storage and dual sim support

  • joseph carmine nero

    XZ premium here I come

  • 07070

    Eh, only the blue phone has the vol button below the power button

  • jxPerience

    i think its xperia XZ in a new color and upgraded screen resolution, the new flaship phone is the black one

  • KarFar

    Some people might say that blue XZs is a copy of Shamesung’s coral blue. I wish they keep the forest blue it’s unique.

  • LancerEX

    Hopefully these will be the only Xperias for 2017, plus the XZ successor later this year.

  • Timel

    so no Xperia XZ premium?

  • As a user of Xperia XZ (previous user of Z1C, Z3C and Z5C) I have to agree.
    Xperia XZ is very uncomfortable to hold due to it’s very large top and bottom bezels

  • Bezels for the win !

    so you are back , managed to escape your strait jacket again ?

    and btw what happened with note 7 ? you said reports are fake … :D

  • Bezels for the win !

    when one single SONY unit catches fire and was actually user fault Timel reaction is

  • Bezels for the win !
  • BGDoesGaming

    2017 mid range and the PREMIUM is a SLIGHT redesign, which i like… the blue one is just XZ with upgraded specs… i hope the xperia x model is much nicer looking, i do like the design of premium and the mid range better than the XZS (blue colour)

  • Nafnaf84

    I wouldn’t be surprised if :
    – Black = X 2017
    – Blue = XZ Premium (because of the camera and the position of the volume buttons)
    – Gold = XA Ultra 2017 (front camera)
    – White = XA 2017

    Still no fingerprint scanner for the mid-range… If no IP and priced as much as last year they shouldn’t be surprised if people buy the Galaxy A3 2017 instead… come on, it’s 2017 :/

    For the bezels, I like my X Compact’s bezels but not more than that (top and bottom), again, I think it’s too much here… :/

  • after samsung, and others, even sony started to use stupid design decision to have the same design from low end to high end phones.

    is it that hard to make different looking phones? low end does not have to look the same as the flagship. damn

  • Subham Dey

    mid range models are looking great ..also some decent spes spes.. but seriously sony???
    2017 mid range model(cost €300-€400) without fingerprint scanner??? WTF??? sony never learns!!!

  • Alex Norris
  • Subham Dey

    there will be a X succesor, XZ successor ,X compact successor in IFA!!
    but I’m actually quite surprised to see that sony didn’t have any plan to launch X successor in MWC!

  • johala02

    Still big bezels, so I am dissapointed in the design. Hopefully the camera will be great.

  • Subham Dey

    XZ premium with 4k HDR display,SD835,new camera❤️❤️❤️❤️ and XZs with SD821 !!
    but where is the X successor?? there must be a X successor with SD653 and IMX400!

  • KarFar

    Can LG put stereo speakers on the front while keeping the same small bezels?

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    but LG have one at the bottom and bezel there is good

  • Seno Akurano

    Can you hold it well when play game or watch film?
    I don’t think so, besides it use by kids

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yea I think it’s time for them to give fingerprint scanners to the mid-range devices too.

  • XZKL

    I’ll just leave this here: What I want to see for Sony’s flagship lineup:

    XZ Compact (4.6″)
    XZ Performance (5.2″)
    XZ (5.5″)
    XZ Premium (5.7″)
    XZ Ultra (6.4″)
    XZ Tablet Compact (8″)
    XZ Tablet (10″)
    XZ Tablet Premium (12″)
    XZ Tablet Ultra (18″)

    Each moniker has its own unique feature! Fill all the screen-size markets! Oh yeah!

    Heck of a dream. Honestly, I think Sony should make effective use of its monikers like what Asus is doing. Differentiate them!

    In-topic: Eyeing on that XZ Premium.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Well to be honest, i rather have fron facing speakers and a large front facing camera instead of small bezels :) Top and bottom bezels dont bother me at all, as long as the side bezels is as minimal as possible as they are on the Xperia XZ lineup :)

  • Rajiv Bedi

    I am getting that premium one in chrome the day it is released here in India.

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    This Timel it’s such an asshole…

  • Moisés

    Gold XA Ultra
    Silver XA
    Graphite Black XZ Premium
    Blue XZs

  • Bloobat

    The joints near the corners of the xz premium seem to suggest metal sides or bottom and top as otherwise would be one uniform piece like the xz. I guess it’s something to do with signal though it’s a shame whole frame won’t be metal

  • Moisés

    So if the 4 are going to be shown today, it means that blue can be X and graphite black is XZs not XZ Premium.
    Two devices share imx400.

    Because sd835 story the XZ Premium must be only a prototype so far..

  • Alvin

    Holy cow they look amazing. Despite the ugly huge bezels on that one phone…

  • Moisés

    I never liked black phones, but this one looks f… awesome

  • Alvin

    And no one will buy the last two of your list

  • Rafay

    Beauty Vs Ugly
    Coupe VS Minivan
    What would you like to drive

  • Battel
  • Alvin

    I think it goes like this:
    Black: XZ Premium
    Blue: XZ 2017
    Gold: XA Ultra 2017
    White: XA 2017

  • Alvin

    The black one

  • mynameissomeone

    Midrange looks better than premium amazing premium looks good though the awful curved corners seem slightly reduced and that weird plate in the back is gone if the frame is full Metal then this could be my next xperia

  • Alex Norris

    About Sony`s Stereo …. Start to watch on 27:18
    PS. Their so-called dual stereo speakers, always sounded worse than competitors with one speaker

  • KarFar

    G6 announced with metal and glass body and water resistance… 4 years late though

  • Alvin

    Except if XZ Premium uses SD820, Which will be sad..

  • Musa D’Leh

    I just honestly hope they use glass on their camera lens this time..

  • penubag

    why no speakers slit on high range?

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    But G5 had better camera than SGS7

  • Nafnaf84

    True, the black one is like the one leaked from the news from yesterday so XZ Premium…
    I hope that the blue one is not a XZ 2017 because that would mean 2 XZ this year… so 2 flagships this year… again…
    Plus if it’s a XZ 2017 that would mean no flagship processor (Samsung wants it first) so I prefer to think of a X 2017…

  • Moisés

    Xz has glass there… No plastic like z5

  • Moisés

    It is 835…

    But it cannot be sold before may..

    Htc 11, Mi 6, S8 too.. No device with 835 today

  • Moisés

    There are 5 devices… Photo has 4…

    So it seems XAU, XA, XZs and X.

    XAU/ XA : helio p20 hd/ full hd
    X: sd653 full hd
    Xzs: sd821 or 835 QHD

  • Alvin

    Let’s see what Sony have for us tomorrow. ;)

  • Jerry Berglund

    I can even understand how it should be possible to even practically handle a cellphone without its becells. Yes sure to big once is not fun, but to be honest I think the becells on my Xperia X compact is almost to small. My thumbs is almost over the screen when watching youtube or other things… No to thin becells isnt very practical in my opinion, and Sony shouldnt make them more thin than they are now. Sure on the sides its ok, but not on top or bottom.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    It would be strange if there huge bezels and only bottom speaker

  • Jerry Berglund

    I have to agree with you there Emil. The top and bottom becells are there for practical reasons, not otherways. Sure, I have to agree that thin becells look good, but is really not practical in everyday usage.

  • Julius Koroll

    I simply don’t get the lineup. All the phones this year look new, just sony is running behind. Hopefully the camera matches what they are promising. They did not the last years.

  • Jerry Berglund

    I dont agree. The sony has all overall good sound all over than the other phones. The bas, middle-range and treble is better on the Sony according to my ear. Its sounds really good when listening so Symphonic music. The problem isnt the sound when it comes to Sony speakers. They just not that very loud, that is the problem. The speakers could have been louder. The iPhone sounds accoriding to me really bad, just base and treble, no middle at all. The middle phone is to loud treble, and nothing of the rest. NO base, no middle-range. The Sony has all of those, but not a a very loud sounding speaker. And that makes the Sony phones hard to hear in some surroundings.

  • a.mubher

    It could be the 13 MP font facing camera on the XZ which is one of the very best on the market as far as front facing cameras go.

  • Zayed Kotayba

    The XA successor look way more elegant than the XZ Premium I prefer the speaker to be in that position just like the Z2,Z5 … and the side bezels + top and bottom look a bit more minimal.

  • Ami

    Kinda disappointment Sony doesn’t yet understand that even mid-range should already have finger-print sensor, otherwise they’re not competitive at all, taking into consideration they’ll be priced probably high.

  • Moisés

    They all should have the big selfie like Ultra…

    Does anyone know if XZP is going to use f2.0 , 1.9 or 1.8?

  • Moisés

    Black is gorgeous… Except the power button is black too.. Weird to me

  • Moisés

    I do not see innovation..
    LG has always used small bezel. Look at G4.

  • Moisés

    If Sony brings XZ and Premium it would be like z5.

    Xz : QHD + 4gb ram
    XZP: 4K HDR + 6gb

  • SkyMeow

    I wouldn’t mind the big bezels if those are necessary spaces to accommodate great features, such as good front stereo speakers, and new camera sensor and bigger lens.

  • LG G6 Snapdragon 821 processor and limited 32GB storage in some regions are big innovations too. :-p

  • Akand

    I think Huawei is playing harder than Sony. I love the spirit of Huawei. Only problem is I am too affectionate to Sony. Otherwise, I could easily switch to P10.

  • Ron Wee

    Sony is like a stubborn old man dying a slow, painful death. Same old boxy design with HUGE fugly bezel/chins, no wireless charging, no fingerprint scanner in the US, terrible speakers, worse and worse battery life, mediocre camera… I’m using a Z2 and see no reason to upgrade. Bye, Sony, you are going to be like Sharp.

  • dragonsneeze

    Hi again :) Enjoy black bars in every content you watch until your bezelless flagship comes with memory embedded camera in 2019 – a true innovation in smartphone camera –

  • Snorky112

    blue is just a new color to existing XZ imo

  • Mokhtar Mouhib

    sony is sinking ..

  • mustafa

    IMO, the best looking Xperia phone is the X Performance.

  • KarFar

    LG, HTC etc.. will die faster. Sony is one of few that are not losing money.
    As for the speakers camera battery life.. You must be clever to know how they are medicore before even the announcement..

  • Vuyo Ncube

    The All New LG G6
    -Hailing from a flagship line with a well documented history of pathetic battery optimisation since the LG G3 despite apparent leaps in display and software efficiency
    -Puny 5MP front facing camera with no phase detection autofocus unlike the XZ’s (the G5’s was 8MP and performed well so LG have probably regressed)
    -Audio DAC not available in all regions, lonely mono speaker is lonely
    -64 GB storage not available in all regions despite LG’s higher popularity
    -LG G5 has essentially the same CPU, GPU and battery capacity (but you can’t upgrade the G6’s battery). At least when Sony shamelessly tweaks the screen size and doesn’t add huge innovations to their next flagship, it takes them 6 months. LG needs a whole year to do the same XD

    Everyone wants thinner bezels on Xperias but you’d have to be an idiot to think the G6 is innovative in 2017.

  • Moisés

    The “wireless” charging used by s7 works on glass body.
    Fingerprint in USA is disabled because Sony does not own the patent. HP does. Sony could use it but you would pay for it…
    Cam sensor is bigger, placed above screen and not behind.

    All websites only use the 8mp. It is obvious 8mp can win against 12 or 16mp… And Sony still get high score given by dxomark… 3 devices have 87 or more.. No other brand has.

    Everybody is saying Huawei P10 looks awesome… Same rectangular with round corners and bezels…

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Yeah, there is still a hope that for this time camera will be on the level with at least LG G5 and some new UI, if not – bye, Sony and Hello, LG G6/Huawei P10

  • Actman
  • Moisés

    Just saw Moto G5 Plus was presented..
    Same 5,2 ” but it is 4mm taller than XZ and nobody is saying G5+ has big bezels.
    Huawei P10 has 5,1″ and only 1mm less than XZ. No one complains …..

    I do not understand… People only do this when it is Sony or Apple..

  • rus_media

    Exactly. I loved my Xperia ZL too for its shorter bezel and unique design.

  • kaostheory

    If it ran a duel os, I would.

  • kaostheory

    And HDR

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    I agree. P10 it’s really beautiful.

  • Phil Gym

    Sony mobile is in love with huge bezels for some reason… I hate them. Xperia sales will keep declining for sure

  • Alex Lim

    Would not touch any huawei, xiaomi and zte phones ever. They were cought forwarding you sms back to their companies again recently. Google it you will see.

  • Vinny Conforto

    bezels bezels bezels all I see is ugly gigantic bezels. sony xperia is going to die with bezels

  • Vinny Conforto


  • Vinny Conforto

    Z3 Compact was an innovation

  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    That’s nothing new. In the past even Sony devices suffered with this problem.

  • comme des garcons

    I want none of them, the same dasign is boring and the big bezels are ugly. Xperia is doomed

  • KenC17

    Sony’s machines aren’t built on Chinese mainland anymore. So there’s even less concern. Firmware wise, they’re all handled elsewhere, and also not in China.

  • Nafnaf84

    Not sure, as the article says, the camera doesn’t look exactly the same as the XZ… also different theme…

  • Ichsan Rismunandar

    The (supposedly) XZ Premium doesn’t have the bottom antenna panel. Does it mean it uses glass instead of metal?

  • Moisés

    Maybe is too dark to see it.. It also seems to have a black power button

  • Moisés

    The giant camera is there. The stereo speaker is there.

    The front speaker of LG and Samsung is only for calls.

  • Moisés

    It is better..

  • Moisés

    Sony Press is …

    3 am NYC
    7 am London
    Midnight California

  • Moisés

    Auto has hdr

  • Battel

    Wasn’t Sony using Snapdragon 801 on 16GB without a finger print while other brand’s using Snapdragon 805 with 32GB ?
    Even when Sony start using Snapdragon 810 on 32GB other brand’s were using Snapdragon 820 with 64GB ?
    Whasn’t Sony that has region limit to it’s fingerprint sensor because it’s using HP innovation as it’s own !

    LG 6 is 32GB for single sim and 64GB for dual sim, the only regional limit it’s Wireless charging which’s something Sony never had

  • Warren Chang

    I hope sony releases a new ldac bluetooth receiver to replace their sbh-54, if they can release it for under US$120, i will be happy to take advantage of high bit audiophile grade ldac

  • kurakuradisco
  • Phil Gym

    G6 actually looks so cool it would be pretty embarrassing to hold Xperia next to it. I wish I could go for G6, the less bezels the better looking. Sony should change the designers of Xperia

  • adneon0

    RIP SONY. Bye bye

    *lost another loyal fanboy*

  • Juggs

    Bootloop since 2014, ye innovation :|

  • Tochi Nwodu

    Nothing spectacular in looks we would have to wait to find out what is inside

  • KarFar

    According to phonearena it has S821, so prepare for a disappointment…

  • USA and Europe will receive the base model (32GB of storage). LG G 6 64GB will be available only in some regions (Asia, Korea, Hong Kong, India, CiS).

    The LG G6(ALL MODELS AND REGIONS) uses a four year-old version of Gorilla Glass on its display :-D

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    How do u know ? No reviews yet

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    But why it’s dissapointment? It’s not enough for what:?

  • Moisés

    I just saw it..

    I hope it is XZs not XZP..

    I liked the 3900 mAh

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    I hope PA is wrong..

    I found a site that compares phones.. I saw there the flagship.would have 3900 mAh, exactly what say..

    This site says the flagship would have sd835, 6gb ram.

  • hmmm

    live stream…please!!!

  • Moisés

    Chinese brand do not have good cam..
    Maybe P12 is same level of Z5

  • MrWalker1000

    huh? z5 was ranked number one by dxo last year fuck you talking about

  • MrWalker1000

    i have the z3 compact as well.

    like the user above said it has to do with the big sensors. XZ has like 3 new sensors on it. Also, the z3 compact is thicker than the xz so thats also too.

  • MrWalker1000

    the xz premium in chrome is the best looking phone like ever. Just so fucking amazing.

  • MrWalker1000

    lol get that cheap ugly piece of shit from LG out of here. they are dying and this is their desperate attempt to make money.

  • MrWalker1000

    lol no z5 was tested number one by dxo at 88 points in photos in 2015 and sitll the only phone to surpass it is the google pixel. dont compare cheap chinese phones.

  • MrWalker1000

    stop being a big baby. it looks superb still esepcially the chrome.
    bezels are there for front facing speakers and the big sensors.

  • MrWalker1000

    tell that to the idiots screaming less bezels.

  • Svnjay

    Xperia phones did not suffer from this. They used the Baidu search engine in China because Google is blocked in China.

    There was no spyware.

  • Moisés

    I say chinese phones have cam good enough to fight z1 or z2

  • sami

    Guess its time to give samsung a chance..My reasoning for sticking with sony
    4 yrs ago sony was infact the best .. people were blinded by apple fans.
    3 yrs ago sony was still the best among android in build quality.
    2 yrs ago sony was still on par though others had caught up with them in every aspect
    1 year ago sony was…well its sony -.-
    2 months ago went out to get s7 edge. But changed my mind holding the xz forest blue @ shop
    I think finally sony wont be able to impress me considering other options that are coming out this year.
    PS : (Ericsson > Sony Ericsson > Sony user here.) I think its time to quit fanboying brands and look at whats the best u can get for your money.

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  • MrWalker1000

    definitely not z2. z2 was ahead of its time 1/2.3 inch sensor size 20 mp. Can still take better pcitures than s7 under the perfect lighting conditions.

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  • Emiaj Ogerba

    I just don’t know why Sony it’s hanging on to does big bezels on top and bottom compare to the LG-6, Samsung S8, mi mix well, It was nice knowing you Sony but with phones like that there is no way to go but to hell. you’ve got to innovate, go with the flow and don’t get stock In the past.

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