The Sony Xperia 4 could be a disappointing successor to the Xperia Compact flagships
Last week, initial details of the Sony Xperia 4 were revealed. While we were skeptical, it’s looking increasingly likelier that such a device is actually in the works and set to launch soon. The Xperia 4 is said to be the company’s new compact phone, and a set of images comparing it to the older compact Xperia flagships have surfaced.
Going by the images, the Xperia 4 will actually have the same width as older compact Sony flagships like the Z5 Compact and XZ2 Compact—65mm. That is, of course, made possible by the company’s new 21:9 aspect ratio. The move from 16:9 to 18:9 in 2018 allowed OEMs to have bigger displays while keeping the width possible, and Sony’s CinemaWide 21:9 display takes that up a notch.
The XZ1 Compact had a 4.6-inch 16:9 display, the XZ2 Compact had a 5.0-inch 18:9 display, and the Xperia 4 is said to have a 5.7-inch 21:9 display. The aspect ratio and reduced side bezels are expected to allow the device to keep the same 65mm width as its predecessors.
Of course, there’s the disadvantage of having a longer display, which makes us reconsider the whole “compact” thing. The Xperia 4 is expected to have a length of 149mm. For some perspective, that’s just a tad shorter than the Xperia XZ2 (153mm), and even marginally taller than the Xperia XZ1 (148mm). If the information on measurements are correct, there's nothing compact about the Xperia 4.