2019 has clearly been a less than stellar year for Sony’s mobile division. Sales of its current Xperia 1 have been lacklustre, and the same can more or less be said about the Xperia 5, its “accidental reveal” notwithstanding. That said, a recent patent filed by Sony suggests that the Japanese brand’s next Xperia will finally be embracing the punch hole display.
The patent images were presented side by side with Dutch sit LetsGoDigital’s concept renders and shows off a portion of the supposed user interface. At a glance, it’s clear that Sony is still intent on retaining the 21:9 aspect ratio on its next Xperia device.
The takeaway here, though, is the illustration on the far right; LetsGoDigital’s concept image depicts the upcoming Xperia with a punch hole display. Additionally, it also suggests that its will an edge-to-edge display with what looks like a pretty sizable chin at the bottom.
It’s an ironic turn of events, more so because Sony has previously spoken out against punch holes display. Stating that such a design simply ruins the viewing experience.
The design and position of the phone’s punch hole are also worth noting. It’s situated directly in the middle of the display’s forehead, a position that is identical to Samsung’s Galaxy Note10 and Note10+.
As always, these are merely rumours and concepts, and no official statement has been provided by Sony just yet, so we do ask that you treat this news with a healthy dose of skepticism.