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More reports of a 21:9 display Sony Xperia XZ4 surface online

Sony Mobile could be moving in a new direction with the Xperia XZ4 – it could be moving into 21:9 territory. We’ve now seen a number of leaks suggesting that the next Sony flagship device could shift to a new, taller, aspect ratio.

Over the past year we’ve seen a big shift from 16:9 as standard to 18:9 and beyond. As companies move to reduce bezels on smartphone displays, as well as making larger display spaces manageable one-handed, we’re seeing increasingly tall screens. 

The move to 21:9 might fit neatly into that widescreen movie aspect – popularised by Philips Cinema TVs around the turn of the decade – but we’ve previously heard that the phone will be 158mm tall and 73mm wide. That’s the same height as the Pixel 3 XL, but it’s not as wide, so it’s not a phone that’s too big – although it will be a bit of a stretch to get to the top of the screen if using it with one hand.

Frequent leaker on Twitter @UniverseIce has shared some details, following receipt of a screen protector in that aspect.

Of course, it might be that the screen protector company simply took the measurements of previous leaks and made it into a product, but it does give a good sense of what this phone might look like if that pans out to be true. Given the measurements, we can’t see that a 21:9 phone would be a problem.

The Twitter leaker goes on to ponder what the experience would be like watching a 21:9 movie – meaning a completely black bar free experience. We’re sure that would be great, but with a wide range of different formats to movies, there’s no single aspect that covers all possibilities.

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The Sony Xperia XZ4 is expected to launch at Mobile World Congress 2019 alongside the Xperia XZ4 Compact – so if you’re looking for a smaller handset, it looks like there will also be something for you.

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