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Sony Xperia XA3 is apparently very tall (Update: Even taller 'Plus' model?)

The budget-minded Sony Xperia XA3 series is looking very, very tall.

Published onFebruary 13, 2019

A leaked render of the Sony Xperia XA3.

Update, February 13, 2019 (01:31 PM ET): The source of the original Sony Xperia XA3 renders below (WinFuture) just posted a new set of renders depicting what appears to be a larger sibling to the XA3. It’s possible these new renders could be a Sony Xperia XA3 Plus, or something similar.

Outside of the difference in sizing, the two phones look nearly identical. See for yourself:

As tall as the regular Xperia XA3 looks, the Plus variant looks even taller. Unfortunately, we don’t have a good idea of physical sizing quite yet, so it’s hard to tell exactly how tall these devices really will be.

Original article, February 11, 2019 (05:37 PM ET): We expect Sony to launch several phones at the end of this month during Mobile World Congress 2019. We just got our first look at one of those expected devices — the Sony Xperia XA3 — via new renders leaked by WinFuture and a hands-on video posted by a Twitter user.

When we first saw the renders, we remarked how small the chin is on the device, which is very welcome. However, we then noticed that the forehead of the phone is enormous, which means Sony probably moved all the hardware usually stored in the chin to the forehead.

Whether or not you find this aesthetically pleasing is down to personal taste, but at least it doesn’t look quite like any other phone on the market right now.

Check out the renders below:

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Sony logo

The device sports an enormous 21:9 aspect ratio, making this phone a tall drink of water.

If you look closely, you can see a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone as well as a headphone jack at the top. There are two cameras on the rear and a hard-to-see single selfie cam on the front in the top right corner.

To get a different look at the device, check out this video as posted by a Twitter user:

21:9 screen
Xperia XA3? #Xperia
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— ? ? ? ? ♂️ ?? (@bang_gogo_) February 9, 2019

The Xperia XA series of devices are usually priced in the mid-range, so we expect this phone to have cheaper build materials (likely plastic). The internals will also likely be less robust than the flagship offering from Sony — the Sony Xperia XZ4 — which we also expect to debut at MWC.

What do you think? Are you happy to trade a tiny chin for a big forehead, or does this design seem like a step backward? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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