Sony introduced the world’s first 4K handset in 2015, having unveiled it in the form of the Xperia XZ5. Since then, Sony improved on its mobile display with the introduction of HDR+ support but has yet to fully embrace virtual reality, arguably the biggest reason to implement a 4K panel into a smartphone.
Sony is planning to release a bezel-less flagship with a 4K display in 2018, ITHome reported Saturday, citing unnamed company officials. The upcoming Sony device is said to be based on the new “Ambient Flow” design language Sony introduced at MWC earlier this week with the debut of the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.
Besides significantly reduced bezels, the handset is hence set to feature an 18:9 aspect ratio and will likely have a 4K+ resolution of 4,320 by 2,180 pixels.
The Japanese original equipment manufacturer hasn’t commercialized a 4K smartphone since the Xperia XZ Premium which debuted at MWC 2017 and launched last June, still using the firm’s OmniBalance design.
The device expected to feature a 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel with a 4K resolution and HDR support, in addition to being powered by the Snapdragon 845.