You probably know that Apple drew some inspiration from its iPods to create the iPhone. Well, going back in time you can’t help but wonder what happened if Sony took its Walkman and made it into a smartphone, in the early 2000s. Well, designer Pierre Cerveau tried that and the concept below came out.
This model has a beefy speaker below the screen and one above it. Debuting that type of speaker combo would have beaten HTC and its BoomSound speakers, long before their launch. You can see the old and classic Walkman in one of the renders, as the ghost of this so called Sony Talkman phone. Interestingly, there are two audio jacks at the top and a cute little throwback to the past are the button shapes.
They are clearly inspired by the old Walkman. This is a thing of beauty, managing to bring a vintage vibe, but at same time being modern. Maybe the speakers are a bit on the ugly side and I can’t quite figure out the grille below the camera, but this is a very interesting “maybe” concept. If Sony had launched this let’s say in 2005, would anyone have bought the first iPhone?
Sony Xperia Vita is a new console slider, that may as well be a phone and a tablet, too, right? Well, it’s been created by Joseph Romay, that we spotted on Deviantart, with some very nice designs.
Back in 2008, when this website debuted, we had a lot of concept phones that combined the PSP and a smartphone together. They were very appreciated, but obviously never took off, maybe aside from the Xperia Play, that was pretty much a failure in my book. The gaming controls are pretty basic here, feeling like “stock graphics”, but that probably the real placement they would get.
The d pad is a bit too generous here and I can’t find a purpose for those extra rectangular buttons, maybe aside from Start, Options and maybe Share, like on the PS4 joystick. Now it’s time for speculations! We seem to get getting big grilles on the sides, either for the sake of cooling/vents or as huge speakers. Anyway, this still looks like a slim portable console, with a lot of juice.
I’d buy it, but I feel that in about a year there will be a new version out…
Sony hasn’t been very impressive as far as phone designs are concerned over the past year or two, but maybe it’s time for a home run. Insiders and rumor mongers say that the Xperia Z5 will finally change that Omnibalance design with something else, something new. Till that happens, let’s have a look at the following Sony Xperia Z5 concept, created by Chris Chen.
This model rendered here keeps the specs of the Xperia Z3+, but also brings more gaming-oriented features. The device feels very much like a Lumia or an older Nokia, maybe even a Communicator. The device is a bit bulky for my taste, but the gaming controls are nice. I can’t quite figure out how the QWERTY keyboard and joystick are alternated, but apparently they’re virtual and shown on a screen.
There are enough people who will be nostalgic enough to buy such a device, believe me. The thickness remains its main problem and the similarity to a Lumia, as well as the fact that the controls look physical. Specs don’t quite matter here, since they’re the same with the ones of the Xperia Z3+. What do you say of this design?
Daniel Aguilar Feener has imagined a compact, little Sony Xperia phone that would suit supermodels. It’s a fashionable device and it’s called Sony Xperia Elegant. This smartphone has a transparent AMOLED screen, as well as a USB flash drive integrated into its lower portion.
The device has a front selfie camera with LED flash and its mid section is all glass, with an edge to edge approach. The bottom part is a bit bigger, a bit of a throwback to the days of the Xperia P and S. Close to the selfie camera, at the center of the upper facade rests an iris scanner. As you can see, the bottom part feels a bit wider than the center glass part, in order to increase grip.
The Sony Elegant looks like a great piece of work and also a premium one. It’s both slim and packs premium materials, like glass and metal. We don’t have specs, but those don’t matter in the case of this fashion phone. I imagine augmented reality is a big deal here thanks to transparency.
We teased the Sony Xperia Orion here, Jermaine Smit’s creation and now we’ve got the finalized render below. This model is a 5.2 inch Full HD smartphone, with a very interesting back side texture.
It’s dotted and the phone seems just a tiny bit curved, in my view. The Xperia Orion also brings 3 GB of DDR4 RAM, up to 128 GB of storage and USB Type C connectivity. Fast charging and water resilience is here, as well as 4K recording and dual front speakers. There’s a main 20.7 megapixel camera, with flat optics for more accurate colors, plus a 5 MP selfie camera with Full HD video record ability.
The device has a big Xperia logo at the bottom and Sony logo at the top and it seems pretty massive for a flagship. The texture of the back feels like the one of the Galaxy S5 and I have to say I’m impressed by the width of the speakers upfront. I see there’s glass, metal and plastic here combined, which finally changes the usual Sony approach.
The metal frame looks solid and the back camera has F/1.8 aperture, like the LG G4.
Jermaine Smit has worked on some very interesting HTC and Samsung concept phones over the years, but this time he’s turned his attention towards an Xperia handset. He wants to make it a classic and for now the device got teased as the Sony Xperia Orion.
This model features what seem to be an edge to edge display, probably with a Quad HD resolution. Since this is a classic, I expected maybe a return to the Xperia S days. The designer didn’t give us any details about this smartphone, but we can speculate. I can pretty much guess it will be a metallic device, with a slim waistline and a high end Snapdragon CPU.
The camera is either a Pureview rival, or the phone doesn’t have a point to exist. Sony makes the best camera sensors on the market and can’t get a decent one for its own phones. Isn’t that ironic? Anyway, I’m expecting the best of the best out of Xperia Orion.
I’m surprised I haven’t seen more dual boot phones on the market, considering people actually like the idea of having both a Windows Phone and Android model in their pockets. Well, here comes a dual boot Xperia, a concept phone created by Androgama and named Sony Xperia R.
This model runs both Windows Phone 8.1 and Android 5.1 and allows you to choose your favourite OS. There are 2 base colors here, black and white and this device comes with tempered glass and 4 colors for the back cover (cherry, cyan, pearl and grey). The back is made of hard plastic treated with anti fingerprint material. The designer included here a special smart type of display, that adjusts the brightness in any kind of conditions and it also adjusts the color, uses a blue light filter and optimizes battery usage.
The Sony Xperia R dual boot phone has a Snapdragon 801 processor inside, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. Its design feels like a Lumia met an iPhone, rather than your typical Xperia Omnibalance approach, which is not a bad idea. On board there’s also a 4.5 inch HD screen with Bravia Engine II, a 13 MP back camera with 16x digital zoom and a 3 MP front camera.
Now with the Xperia Z4 basically out of our way, we can start thinking of the Xperia Z5. The device gets rendered below and it also gets specced. While the overall format may not be a surprise, the waistline here is very slim.
The Z5 has a metal frame, a glass back and front and very narrow bezels. The smartphone packs an octa core processor, clocked at 3.2 GHz, as well as 4 GB of RAM and a 4K display. A fingerprint sensor and waterproof case are also in the mix, as one may expect. The designer also imagined a 4500 mAh battery on board and included a 30 megapixel main camera, plus a 10 megapixel front shooter with face detection.
The screen diagonal is 5.5 inches and this model is probably slimmer than 7 mm. The CPU is probably a Snapdragon 815 or 820, unless Sony pulls a stunt and switches to an Intel, Exynos, Nvidia or MediaTek, which I don’t see happening. It would be really ironic to see Sony switching to something else than glass after Samsung went with glass.
Since we’ve rediscovered Antonio De Rosa and his interesting iPhone 7 concept, we had a look at his profile on Behance and found the nifty Xperia render below. The device is dubbed Sony Xperia Infolio and comes with an unique Trinitron display.
This model offers a 5.7 inch diagonal, narrow bezels and a sapphire glass panel. The Xperia Infolio has an aluminum body and the center of the back seems to be thicker than the rest. This feels sort of like a Star Wars ship of sorts… in a good way. We’ve got a touch pad with ID recognizer below the virtual button part of the screen, that seems to be a cutout in the glass.
At the back of the Xperia Infolio we find a 20 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and on the sides we’ve got stereo speakers. This Xperia concept is thin and easy to handle and it uses a smart design, especially when seen from the profile. Be sure to have a look at the Behance page of the designer!
On Monday the Sony Xperia Z4 was officially announced in Japan and it’s going to remain in Japan, for a while. It doesn’t feel like an upgrade, but rather like a strange move from Sony. And now we get to see the first leaked photo of the Sony Xperia Z5, below.
Of course, it’s all blurry cam action and nothing clear is revealed, aside from maybe a flat back and glossy edges. Sources said the OmniBalance design would be gone with the Xperia Z5 model, but that doesn’t seem to be happening. The main camera is still in the corner and the lens is still smaller than what other flagships are offering, although Sony makes great camera sensors in the meantime.
It’s easy to see why Sony is reluctant to give up its glass case, especially since even Samsung adopted a similar approach, although a more iPhone 6-like one, if you look at the frame. However, Samsung’s way of integrating glass was better than Sony’s, in spite of the Japanese firm having so many years of experience of working with glass. I’m comparing right now in my mind the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4 and even the Z5 and I can’t find major differences between them. This is the Xperia Z4 by the way:
Even iPhones are more different throughout generations. This is a wake up call, Sony! And that’s made even sadder by the big number of fans this company has… Let’s try it with metal for once, maybe try some curved edges, an edge to edge screen from Sharp, launch a straight up modular phone, a new console phone, ANYTHING!