Japanese media are reporting that Sony is quietly working on a foldable smartphone. The device tentatively called ‘Xperia F’ is said to be released in 2020. According to Japanese sources, the display has a 21:18 aspect ratio and is sourced from Samsung.
The current Xperia flagship device has a 21:9 aspect ratio, so the foldable version will effectively double the screen real estate. It’s not clear if it will be folding inward (like the Samsung Galaxy Fold), or outward (like the Huawei Mate X). The phone will be a 5G device and is expected to launch in the same time frame as Sony’s much anticipated Playstation 5.
Sony’s mobile phone business was a big loss maker in recent years. However, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida recently reaffirmed the company’s commitment to its Xperia line-up. He told Reuters:
“We see smartphones as hardware for entertainment and a component necessary to make our hardware brand sustainable,” Yoshida said. “And younger generations no longer watch TV. Their first touch point is the smartphone.”