What the almighty heck are we looking at here? One of our favorite ways information on an unreleased phone can surface is when the company behind it accidentaly posts something online before it should have. Remember last fall when Apple outed the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 before it announced them? Or just a few weeks back when Sony shared a pic of the Xperia Z4 Tablet in advance of the MWC launch? Well, now we’ve got another one from Sony to check out, only this time what we’re seeing is very, very odd, and it’s not obvious if this is even a Sony product in the first place.
The image above was reportedly posted by Sony China on popular social site Weibo, only to be subsequently taken down. As many have noted, it doesn’t really look like the Xperia designs we’re familiar with – no obvious Sony branding, and that tiny round physical home button would look far more at home on a Meizu phone than a Sony handset.
A machine translation of the text accompanying the image doesn’t help clear anything up: Google gives us something along the lines of “since you look for a road, why should I go to find out how long?” Is this an idiom we’re not understanding, or a translation flaw?
In the end, we don’t have a ton of confidence just what we’re seeing here. But even if this isn’t a real device, could we see elements of it emerge in future Xperia models? Maybe we’ll see similar edge-mounted speaker grilles? Or a narrow-bezel design like this? We’ve just got to wait and see.