Is Sony prepping a 4K OLED Xperia for 2018?

by XB on 18th January 2018

in Rumours


Rumours have circulated for over a year that Sony will introduce an Xperia device with OLED display panel. Initial rumours pointed to Sony releasing an OLED-equipped Sony Xperia in 2018, and recent job listings for a display engineer with OLED experience only adds fuel to those rumours.

However, rather than just introduce an OLED panel, what if Sony is about to go one step further and release one with 4K resolution? This would represent a first for the smartphone industry, and would be a great marketing point for Sony, much like it was when it introduced a 4K IPS LCD display for the Xperia Z5 Premium, and subsequently a 4K HDR panel for the Xperia XZ Premium.

A recent interview with Hitoshi Osawa, Sony Mobile’s Head of UX product planning in Europe, through Russian site ferra.ru hints that 4K OLED displays will be coming:

“All I can say is that we are investing money in OLED displays. And very soon you will see 4K-OLED-matrices in mobile devices, which until now did not exist. The next step is 4K OLED, and you will not be disappointed.” (Translated) – Hitoshi Osawa

We have seen various other non-credible rumours around recently referring to an almost wishlist of specs for the next Xperia flagship, including a 4K OLED display. We don’t know when Sony will introduce an OLED Xperia, but there is a good chance that if Sony views 2018 as a “breakthrough year”, as it referred to at CES, then there’s a strong likelihood that it will emerge this year. We’re very excited to see what will come, and will keep you posted on any developments.

Thanks Andrew, besthijacker, Diogo, Jalal, Suhaib and Wael!

  • Oscar Moreno

    What about the current rumor in the XZ Pro.
    https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/5368263/sony-xperia-xz-pro-mwc-2018/

  • Lucas Henrique

    She’s just hiring OLED engineers now. Impossible in February a xperia with OLED

  • Kyle325

    Loved Sonys OLED screen on the model 1 Playstation Vita. Would love to see those beautiful screens on the Xperia line. If and when that comes, might be a worthy successor to my Z5

  • Marinko Agic

    It will be like this:Now,on MWC come Xperia XZ premium 2, with 4K screen, 2 camera,bezzelless designe,but with 4GB RAM and Snapdragon 835 ready for sale.
    In July or August come Xperia XZ premium 3,with 4K OLED screen, Snapdragon 845, and 6GB of RAM,but not bezzelless designe.It is Sony.

  • Marinko Agic

    Rumor.

  • Nafnaf84

    I think that they may put OLED screen in their next flagship with a change of design, probably with less bezels…
    They already announced mid-range XA2 and XA2 Ultra at the CES instead of the MWC like the last few years…
    So I wouldn’t be surprised that they announce this smartphone (XZ1 Premium? XZ2? another?) during the MWC.

  • Santos

    JOLED will be ready for mass production by 2019, I do not think we’ll see 4K OLED arrays this year

  • Nodar Sixarulidze

    fake :)

  • Jaissal S

    Still don’t understand the need for 4K resolution on a mobile phone device. A tablet yes, but not a phone. 2K on a 5.5″ might be cool. What do others think? I’m mainly looking for new design…but not too new…don’t want it like S8 or iPhone X. Keep it affordable please.

  • RockStar2005

    Probably. But hopefully not. Esp the 835 part on XZP 2. lol

    They say one flagship will be called the XZ2 Pro and another the XZ2 Premium. But no idea on which one is which and when each will be released.

  • shenoy

    Sony do what ever u want but pls do not charge 2 things.
    1 side mounted fingerprint scanner with powrr button
    2 stick to 16:9. Just chop off the bezels.

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Mobile VR. Even 2K Diamond PenTile OLED like Samsung’s look crap in VR.

  • illstplaya .

    100% agree.

  • Khillo81

    I have to admit that is true. Even trying out the Google Cardboard on a 720p screen seems somewhat like a 16-bit game. Since the way forward seems to be AR/VR (although adoption is still slow), higher resolution screens on mobile devices are inevitable. I still hope that Sony will limit the adoption to the Premium and leave the rest of the devices as is; I would much prefer longer battery life to such fads

  • Fryderyk AugustIV

    That is exactly what I was thinking.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    While a silly gesture for us tech nerds, an absolute showstopper at MWC would be a monstrous 21:9 5040×2160 XZ2 Premium at 6 inches with adjustable resolution scaling. Sony has already ‘mastered’ the 4K UHD design and could surprise everyone while Samsung simply slaps a new processor into the S8 and calls it the S9.

  • theskig

    Same for me

  • Talos the Robot

    So how playstation VR was made all these years?

  • Talos the Robot

    JOLED already begun mass production on last December.

  • Yong Mei

    Hey Rockstar, happy new year! I’m excited man, the xz pro! 4k and oled?? That’s going to be insane, I can’t wait!

  • Xda pro

    Sony have 100 more engenniers OLED

  • Xda pro

    Joled is already sending 22 ” oled screens to Sony, they may be doing 4k in 5.7″

  • RAWLINE

    Samsung is producing the oled for PSVR .

  • RockStar2005

    Hey Yong……….Happy New Year to you too!!

    Yeah…….I am too. It seems like Sony Mobile is FINALLY taking things more seriously than usual. I also hope they go with the 18:9 screen to body ratio cuz I have the LG V30 right now which is 18:9 and I def like it a lot more than 16:9. But 4K HDR OLED sounds awesome! I also love the midranger’s (XA) look too. I kinda hope they do that with the flagships as well. At least have the rounded edges too. It’s a different look for Xperia and they need that now! I guess 2018 is the 10 Year Anniversary of the first Xperia phone, so THIS is the time for Sony Mobile to really push it!!

    Not 100% sure I’m going to get an Xperia this year, but maybe?! lol But Sony Mobile has to everything right before I will. So far they’ve gotten like 90% of it done or promised it seems. But I need 100%!! lol

  • Ederson Baumbach .*.

    I found on Facebook a page for reference to Sony Xperia XZ Pro, and there was that image there. I think it’s BEAUTIFUL!
    Has anyone seen this render?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98b8261a82951fa771f65e6a8bc56589c0e33323acbf33ad01651a419729f406.jpg

  • hmmm

    UGLY….curved screen as samsung bleaahhh

  • Hideg Jenő Péter

    Fake, they used a CSS editor on Chrome

  • comme des garcons

    agreed 4K is just overkilling and not appealing. A new design could be appealing to those who were not interested in Xperia

  • comme des garcons

    fingerprint scanner on power button doesn’t work in the US

  • azzido

    Finally, but late to the party like always.
    I hope their oled will not have and burns or other flops known from budget poor LG oleds

  • GP20

    STUPID!!!

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Thing is if they don’t change it they won’t survive in the US market. They need to be serious about US market. Plus with back FP they can add gestures.

  • amol more

    I also prefer side mounted fingerprint… And very use to it…Just love SONY

  • amol more

    Bezels are there or not… Just want the SONY on front… Now a days with 18:9 displays all phones look the same

  • hansip

    Looks like stretched z5 premium. I don’t think the design language of xz pro will stray off too far from other xz devices or even reverting design to z5 family.

  • I don’t mind, but the battery is what concerns me. With all these high-tech shit, the battery’s life will be one of the key towards success.

  • Moisés

    L1 = 2630mAh /L2= 3300mAh

    XA1 = 2300/ xa2 = 3300

    Xa1u= 2700/ xa2u = 3530

    I believe flagships will get more battery too. There are gossips that Compact could have 3000mAh.

    Oled helps when screen is off.

    I still prefer LCD because of longer life.

  • Moisés

    21:9 screen could be 14cm x 6cm.
    But 6cm would be too narrow.
    Also 14cm is too high, unless bezels have less than 1cm each.

  • Moisés

    The render of Moto Z3 Play shows sided power/fps.
    Apple has the right on it now.

  • Moisés

    This concept was done last year and called X Ultra Wide.
    It is like Xperia X but with 6.4″ 21:9 and double rear cam.

  • I prefer the second one from this concept. One with 16:9 ratio.
    The one You showed is 21:9 “XZ Ultra Wide”, I’m talking about “XZ Ultra”.

  • Was it theirs?
    Coz we don’t know if manufacturer will be Samsung (AMOLED), LG (POLED) or maybe JDI (JOLED).
    It may make a difference.

  • But not Sony Mobile and not one who will integrate OLED to Xperias. If they already have device with OLED screen, than it would mean they integrated OLED, so why hire somebody?

  • Nice joke…
    Now we could see XZs with 835 and 4 GB RAM and later there will be XZ1 Premium, XZ/XZ1 Plus, XZ/xZ1 Pro or something like that, with 845 and 4/6 GB.

  • +800/1000, so flagship should have ~4k mAh?

  • Current? I seen it about 2-3 months ago…

  • Wow. Any source?

  • Talos the Robot
  • azzido

    Looks nice.
    I wonder how about back?

  • azzido

    main issue of compact is 720p screen instead of 1080p and too big bezels + sometimes less RAM and less internal storage + crappy plastic materials instead of glass/

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Arrrrgghh I meant 18:9 aspect ratio.

  • Moisés

    Heard about 3700

  • Moisés

    XZ1c is mix of polycarbonate and glass fiber.
    Way tougher than X Compact.

  • Moisés
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  • Justin

    I don’t want the fingerprint reader to move away from the power button either, just to keep the US happy? No thanks.

  • Serge

    i am Samsung users, if Sony really coming up with 4K-OLED display on flagship, then shut up and take my money!

  • ruby

    wouldnt it be amazing if Sony will release a smartphone with 4k OLED right. ive read about it at http://tech360.asia/need-know-upcoming-sony-xperia-xz-pro/ and its quite impressive

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