Just a day after the Japanese electronics giants tweeted this teaser video, an image of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype has leaked online. Not only that it looks almost identical to the curvatures that the company showed in the the video, the timing of the leak is rather on point as well since we are only a week away from Sony’s MWC 2018 event.
The image, which was first posted on Xperiablog by a Disqus user who goes by the handle Grisha, shows the purported Xperia XZ2 Compact with a bulging rear. Placed side by side with Sony’s older Xperia Z5 Compact, the prototype actually several millimeters higher off the ground than its predecessor.
According to the blog, the design language of the Xperia XZ2 Compact seems to fall in line with Sony’s ‘plate + human’ design concept that reportedly first appeared back in 2015. It’s a weird move for Sony to make, given that other major smartphone brands would want to maintain a thinner, and not thicker design for their phones.
Grisha also mentioned that the Xperia XZ2 Compact will have a fingerprint sensor situated at the back of the phone and just under the camera, suggesting that the phone’s main camera will be fixed in the center of the phone. Sadly, Grisha also mentioned that the phone won’t be coming with a 3.5mm audio jack.
Now, before you start jumping to conclusions, it’s important to remember the Xperia XZ2 Compact in the picture above is still, effectively a prototype and can still be subjected to any last minute changes. In fact, it might not be released into the market.
On that note though, there’s also no saying if this design will be used across the board with all of Sony’s other Xperia phones. So, until Sony’s official announcement next week, we strongly advise that you take this news with a relatively big pinch of salt.