We usually don’t cover phone leaks, but this is a more of an approximate render we’re getting here. The interesting bit about the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra render is the fact that it has an edge to edge display, an approach Sony hasn’t tried till now.
Of course, the images could be faked, but let’s assume they’re not. If the rumors about the Sony Xperia Z5 are true, then the phone is going to be a letdown, just like the Xperia Z3, Z3+ and the Z4. Rumors talk about a Snapdragon 810 CPU, same Omnibalance design and Full HD screen. However, if you add an edge to edge screen in the mix, may sweeten the blow.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is marketed as a selfie phablet, with a 5.5 inch screen and a 13 megapixel front camera with LED flash. Considering companies like Sharp or LeTV have already launched edge to edge smartphones, this is by no means a premiere. Still, Sony could finally deliver a beautiful handset design, like back in the days…
Sony promised last year that it won’t be releasing two flagship Xperias this year, being content with only one. That’s why the Xperia Z4/Xperia Z3+ may be the only major handset they release in 2015. However, they could surprise us with the Z5 at IFA 2015. In the meantime, let’s see a vision of the Xperia Z5, as envisioned by Babak Soren.
The device comes with 2.5D curved glass and it adopts an old school vibe, that reminds me of the time of the last Sony Xperia Walkman and Xperia Active models. At least it’s not the usual rectangle, with two pieces of glass sandwiching a metal frame. The designer also integrated a 21 megapixel IMX230 camera and a front 8 MP shooter.
A Snapdragon 820 CPU and 4 GB of RAM are included too, together with a Quad HD screen, of unknown diagonal. This model looks kind of bulky for a 2015 flagship, to be honest, but I’ve seen worse from Sony, so what do you think about it?
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.