A handful of companies have introduced smartphones that are nearly bezel-free… at least on the left and right sides of the phone. Usually there’s some space above and below the screen which is used for silly things like mics, speakers, and cameras.

ZTE has a model, as do Sharp, and some less well-known companies such as LeTV. Now it looks like Sony is jumping on the bezel-free bandwagon.

sony xperia c5 ultra

According to leaked photos and a leaked user manual obtained by Xperia Blog, the upcoming Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will have a front panel that’s nearly all screen.

Other features are expected to include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 13MP camera.

While the manual doesn’t tell us much more about the phone, it’s expected to feature a 5.5 6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, and a MediaTek MT6752 octa-core processor.

It’s worth noting that Sony’s high-end phones are part of the Xperia Z series lineup. Phones in the C and T series tend to be more affordable models with more modest specs.

Update: More details, along with hands-on photos, are now available.

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7 replies on “Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will be a nearly bezel-free phone”

  1. I think this is a good balance. I’ve had a few bezel free devices and let me tell you it’s not always a good idea even though it looks aesthetically pleasing. The way we hold phones requires some bezel otherwise there’s always a problem of touching the screen.

    My old dell 7 tablet has pretty big bezels but I love holding it around the edges without touching anything on the screen.

  2. Reducing top and bottom bezel would seem more productive to me than eliminating the left and right bezels, which are usually just a couple of milimeters anyway.

    Anyway, I’ll hold my judgement until I’ve tried one out.

  3. I’m inclined to think this makes it harder to hold, and easier to break

  4. My Xperia Z Ultra is 6.4″. Whatever happened to the “Ultra”-tag?

  5. Personally I think thin bezels are a gimmick that have a negative user experience. Risk of touching the screen when holding it by the sides.

    If the bottom bezel would be smaller, tapping the soft buttons at the bottom while operating single-handed would be impossible.

    1. No idea if we’re there yet, but in theory, the software can be used to determine the difference between a holding touch and a real touch.

  6. A screen has 4 bezels , device makers might want to redefine the word with their marketing but i don’t get it why so many sites feel the need to follow.
    Sony did 2/3 of the job here and there is a long way to bezel-free . Sharp did better so far and Dell in a tab but Dell has a big chin. Hisense might have a tab soon with only one significant bezel.
    Here Sony has a ridiculous hat, if that upper bezel was 40% smaller,the device would make sense but big an square as it is ,it makes it look weird.

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