Sony has started its 2014 phone portfolio with the Xperia Z1 Compact showcased at CES, followed by Xperia T2 Ultra (dual) and Xperia E1 (dual). Now, according to a Chinese forum Digi-wo, a new panel that’s supposedly a backpanel of the future Xperia (don’t know which one; although some peoples trusted it is Z2). We’ll showcase the picture below; click the picture for a larger view.
The picture came from someone who is working on Sony as an R&D department. The phone has same camera placement as the Xperia Z1 Compact. According to the forum post, the phone will offer a 23 megapixel back camera, 5.3″ screen, and will be available in 5 different colors. However, the back cover is not made from glass. It looks like Sony is using some other material to build this back cover (matte/metallic or even carbon fiber?).
If you look closely at the picture, this could be a Japanese-only smartphone model. The ‘XPERIA’ logo placement is at the middle of the phone, while the international model has a big ‘SONY’ logo at the middle of the phone, and XPERIA logo at the bottom, starting from Xperia M. At the bottom of the backplate, it says ‘XX-XXX’. This indicates that this is the carrier model for Japan only; This is the model number that the device could have (for example SO-03E). Other indications revealing the Japan-only model is the tap-to-pay logo instead of NFC logo.
Rumors also indicates that this device will be announced in sometime in February (possibly at MWC). We need to wait to tell you that this is real or not.