Sony teases new Xperia Compact phone ahead of IFA 2019

The upcoming Xperia Compact smartphone may feature the same 21:9 aspect ratio as the Xperia 1.

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What you need to know

  • Sony has teased the launch of a new Xperia Compact smartphone.
  • The new Xperia Compact smartphone is expected to debut alongside the flagship Xperia 2 at IFA 2019.
  • Sony’s last Xperia Compact phone, the Xperia XZ2 Compact, was unveiled at MWC 2018.

At the Mobile World Congress last year, Sony introduced the Xperia XZ2 Compact along with its flagship Xperia XZ2 smartphone. Nearly one and a half years later, the Japanese brand has posted a short video on Instagram, teasing the launch of a new Xperia Compact smartphone.

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Xperia excellence, in the palm of your hand. Join us September 5th for #SonyIFA #Innovation

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The video doesn’t actually reveal the design of the upcoming phone but says that an Xperia that “fits in the palm of your hand” will make its debut at Sony’s IFA 2019 press conference on September 5. As noted by the folks over at GSMArena, there is a good chance that the device being teased by Sony could be the Xperia 2, which is rumored to sport a 6.1-inch display.

Thanks to its extra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio, the Xperia 2 is expected to be a lot easier to hold in the hand than most other phones featuring a similar-sized display. The Xperia 1, which was unveiled earlier this year, comes with a larger 6.5-inch OLED panel with 4K resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio.

The Sony Xperia 2 is tipped to come with a 6.1-inch 1080 x 2520 Full HD+ resolution OLED display with HDR support. Under the hood, it is expected to run on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset as the Xperia 1, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. It will also feature triple 12MP rear cameras and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Sony Xperia 1

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Sony’s Xperia 1 is one of the most unique Android flagship smartphones released this year, featuring a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED CinemaWide display with an extra-tall 21:9 aspect ratio. It also includes 6GB of RAM, three 12MP rear-facing cameras, Dolby Atmos sound, and 128GB storage. The Amazon-exclusive model sold in the U.S. even has Alexa built-in.