The Sony Xperia 1 VI might lose a beloved feature its predecessors are known for

Sony Xperia 1 VI renders in black
(Image credit: @OnLeaks / AndroidHeadlines)

What you need to know

  • Leaked renders suggest a potential shift in screen ratio for the Sony Xperia 1 VI, departing from the super tall screens seen in previous Xperia models.
  • The design of the Xperia 1 VI maintains Sony's signature boxy style and features a familiar camera setup with vertically aligned lenses and the return of ZEISS branding.
  • Dimensions provided by the leaker indicate that the Xperia 1 VI will be slightly thicker but also shorter and wider compared to its predecessor.

We already saw hints about the cameras and screen resolution of Sony's upcoming Xperia 1 VI, but now fresh renders show the phone's design, and it might ditch the super tall screen Xperia phones are known for.

Prolific leaker @OnLeaks dropped some sweet renders of the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 VI, giving us a good idea of what Sony's next flagship model looks like (via AndroidHeadlines). It looks like there might be a change in the screen ratio for Sony's flagship phones, judging from these images.

The design stays true to Sony's signature boxy style, just like we saw with the Xperia 1 V. And the camera setup at the back seems pretty familiar, with three lenses lined up vertically. Furthermore, the ZEISS branding appears to be making a comeback.

These renders give us a good look at the dimensions of the Xperia 1 VI, and it seems like we're dealing with a device that's pretty familiar in terms of size. The measurements come in at about 161.9 x 74.5 x 8.4mm, as per the leaker.

Those numbers might not mean a lot on their own, but when we stack them up against last year's Xperia 1 V, things start to get interesting. Compared to its predecessor, the new Xperia 1 VI looks like it'll be a tad thicker, but it'll also be a bit shorter and wider. So, we're looking at a more compact and conventional setup this time around.

With this slight size tweak, there's a chance the phone's aspect ratio could shift to 19.5:9. Now, there's been chatter that Sony might ditch the beloved 21:9 display for the first time since it introduced the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 series back in 2019. If that turns out to be true, fans who dig that 21:9 aspect ratio might feel a bit let down by Sony's call.

Xperia phones have been rocking a 21:9 ratio for a while. But, with leaks hinting that Sony might be switching things up to a more standard 19.5:9 screen, like some of the best Samsung phones, it's starting to look like this change is pretty much locked in.

The new Xperia phone is also rumored to come with a 2K+ or Quad HD+ display, rocking around 3200 x 1440 pixels. That's a step down from the 4K panels we've seen in previous models.

The upcoming phone is also said to pack a 2K+ or Quad HD+ panel instead of a 4K panel in the previous models.

Pinning down the exact resolution just from a render might be a bit of a stretch. And as for that aspect ratio change we're speculating about based on the leaked Sony Xperia 1 VI render, well, only time will tell if it's the real deal.

Jay Bonggolto
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  • Mooncatt
    I was thinking of getting the 1 V, but maybe I'll wait. Just too bad they (and others) don't go back to 16:9.
  • Stanley Kubrick
    I've owned a few Sony phones over the years and the 21:9 aspect ratio is the one thing I did NOT like! 16:9 was and is the best! Sony also needs to return the notification LED!
  • veesonic
    Like others, the aspect ratio is one of the few things I hate about Sony phones. Most video content I watch is 16:9.