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Sony Xperia 1 VI Could Be Shorter But Wider Than the Mark V

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Sony's Xperia smartphones are known for their long and narrow form factor which is primarily due to the display type utilized by the company. According to a new rumor, the Japanese brand will embrace a more standard profile with a wider display beginning with their flagship Xperia 1 VI or Mark 6.

Sony Xperia 1 VI's new shorter dimensions

Over on China's Weibo, leaker and Sony enthusiast Zack Bucks (via NotebookCheck) first detailed Sony's plans to adopt a display with a 19.5:9 ratio in the Xperia 1 VI, ditching the unconventional 21:9 ratio from the Xperia 1 VI (review). As a result, the overall dimensions of the device will be shorter but wider. In addition, it mentioned the 4K resolution of the panel will be downgraded to 2K+ within the same 6.5-inch screen size.

In the latest post from the same account, it shared what seems to be the actual dimensions of the handset labeled as “Xperia XX”, with the two characters possibly denoting the Mark VI as the next naming convention. According to the post, the device measures 162 × 74.4 × 8.45 mm, which confirms the shorter length and longer width, making it a wee bit thicker than the Sony Xperia 1 V at 165 × 71 × 8.3 mm.

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Sony Xperia 1 VI's alleged new shorter and wider profile. / © Weibo/u/ZackBucks

This also places the Xperia VI's size comparable to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S24+ (review) or the OnePlus 12 (review), although there are minor differences in thickness between these smartphones.

Sony Xperia 1 VI design and key specifications

Despite the new form factor, it is touted the Xperia VI will retain much of the familiar design language of its predecessor. This means the back will feature a vertical camera array that sits on an elliptical island. It didn't mention whether Sony will use the thick top and bottom bezels or if it will switch to a punch-hole panel with uniform bezels.

Concerning the other key specifications, the Xperia VI should be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC while possibly sporting a 48 MP triple rear camera paired with an anti-fake digital photo system. As usual, the device should retain the 3.5 mm audio jack alongside the dedicated camera shutter key, which is rumored to appear in Apple's upcoming iPhone 16.

Sony is expected to announce the Xperia VI in the coming months, with May as the earliest launch window. Should that happen, it will be a couple of months ahead of last year's Xperia V launch.

Do you think Sony is on the right track with the Xperia VI alleged new design? What else would you wish to see in the upcoming flagship? Let us hear your thoughts.

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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    Tom 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    What a pity. The slim device in particular was a major selling point for me. The new dimensions are almost as bulky as the S24 Ultra, so I can go straight to Samsung. They have the camera as a selling point and I don't expect Sony to make a quantum leap here....

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      Jade Bryan 3 weeks ago Link to comment

      Currently, there's no word if we will see sizeable camera upgrade. But I hope the added thickness may mean better (bigger) camera sensors.