Sony Xperia 5 Series Lives On: Leaked Case Hints at Xperia 5 VI Design

Good news for fans of Sony's Xperia 5 series! Recent rumors suggested the phone line might be discontinued, but leaked images of a real-life Xperia 5 VI protective case tell a different story.
Sony Xperia 1 IV
image: Sony Xperia 1 IV

Xperia 5 VI Case Appears Online:

A tipster on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, shared photos of protective cases for both the Xperia 1 VI and Xperia 5 VI. These cases were reportedly found on a Chinese online marketplace. The Xperia 5 VI case is particularly interesting as it offers some clues about the design of the upcoming phone.
Xperia 5 VI Case Appears Online
Xperia 5 VI Case Appears Online

No Dedicated Camera Button:

One of the most noticeable features missing from the Xperia 5 VI case is a cutout for the dedicated two-stage camera shutter button, a staple of past Xperia 5 models. This suggests that Sony might be removing the button from the Xperia 5 VI altogether.

Dual Camera Setup Expected:

The case also reveals a familiar camera cutout, hinting at a dual camera system similar to the Xperia 5 V. This likely means a main sensor and an ultrawide sensor, just like the previous model. The Xperia 5 V sported a 48MP main sensor and a 12MP ultrawide sensor, and it's possible the Xperia 5 VI will follow suit.

Shifting Aspect Ratio:

The Xperia 5 series has always been known for its tall 21:9 aspect ratio display. However, the Xperia 5 VI case seems to indicate a change to a wider 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This move could make the phone more comfortable to hold and use with one hand, potentially appealing to a broader audience.

Farewell to the Telephoto Sensor?

Another difference between the Xperia 5 VI and its predecessors is the apparent lack of a cutout for a telephoto lens. Every Xperia 5 model since the original 2019 release has included a telephoto sensor, but it seems Sony might be leaving it out this time around.

A More Accessible Xperia 5?

The design changes suggested by the leaked case hint at a potentially more user-friendly Xperia 5 VI. The wider aspect ratio and the possible removal of the dedicated camera button could make the phone easier to handle and use for everyday tasks.

What to Expect Next:

With the leaked case providing a glimpse into the Xperia 5 VI's design, it's likely that more information about the phone will surface soon. We can expect to hear official details from Sony regarding specs, features, and release date in the near future.