Despite suffering from low sales and lack of relevance in this cutthroat smartphone market, Japanese electronics manufacturers Sony are still scheduled to launch a new smartphone come IFA 2016 in September. Leaks are pointing to the rumored Sony Xperia XR as the phone in question, and we’re getting a good look at what is supposed to be official renders of the new phone.
The rumored Sony Xperia XR is actually known by the model number F8331, and we’ve covered this rumored smartphone before. This batch of renders was published by Steve Hemmerstoffer via his “OnLeaks” Twitter account. The rumored name for the handset – Xperia XR – ostensibly points to the phone being part of Sony’s new X series of Android smartphones.
These rendered images show that the device will probably use a USB Type-C port for its data and charging connection, a first for Sony but really understandable as USB Type-C is gaining a good number of followers these days. The renders also show a dual-LED flash for the main camera, another first for a Sony Xperia device.
If you’re wondering if this is really a phone designed by Sony, you’re not alone. The slightly but obviously curved sides of this new phone are departures from Sony’s previous design language. Rumors say that this new phone will be slightly larger than the Sony Xperia X Performance – pundits are expecting a 5.3-inch Full HD display compared to the 5-inch screen on the X Performance.