In a competitive market largely dominated by the Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone families, with a little smattering from the Google Pixel and others, it’s been a tough few years for Sony Mobile. They once offered one of the most premium-feeling experiences with metal frames and glass backs, so maybe it’s time they pushed back to the front of the race with some sumptuous lines. Care for a curved flagship smartphone, anyone?

The teaser video was posted on Twitter by the Sony Xperia team earlier today and while it doesn’t reveal of the specific tech specs of the upcoming device, it seems to point toward the distinct possibility of a curved flagship smartphone.

More specifically, Sony Mobile will likely reveal the Sony Xperia XZ2 and its smaller Xperia XZ2 Compact cousin at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next week. As their names clearly indicate, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the official successors to last year’s Xperia XZ1, which logically followed the Xperia XZ the year prior that.

Even though they continued to improve the specs and toss in some new features, the core industrial design of Sony smartphones really hasn’t changed all that dramatically these last few years. I liked the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact at the time, but that was nearly four years ago. They need a change and apparently the change calls for some curves.

Based on the teaser video, it looks as if the curve won’t be on the screen side of the device (like how we have curved displays on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8), but rather a curve on the back. I’m not entirely sure how this might be advantageous (room for a bulbous battery?). Sony will surely explain the ergonomics of it all when they take to the stage at MWC 2018 on February 26.

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