This is how Sony Xperia's design has evolved over the years

This is how Sony Xperia's design has evolved over the years


In this latest MWC, we witnessed the renewal of the design in the new Xperia incarnated in XZ2 and XZ2 Compact devices that release the brand's new style. Do you remember the different projects that Xperia devices had?

We reviewed the history of Sony devices from the outset in the hands of Ericsson to the time when it is under the brand of Sony exclusively. From the beginning of Android, to the seriousness and maturation of the Xperia brand.

The era of Sony Ericsson

Maybe some surprise you, but Sony did not come alone to the mobile universe, came from Ericsson. From this union emerged some of the most emblematic phones of the pre-smartphone era, with the permission of Nokia.

We were at a time when you risked the design and the proof of this is that every device had its own. There were certain characteristic details of the mark, but if we look at the different terminals, we could see that each appreciated its unique personality .

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10

We are facing the first smartphone with Android, within the high range, that Sony Ericsson did. It had the characteristic physical buttons at the bottom so fashionable at that time. The construction is based on plastic.

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In terms of design, considering it was his first device, it was quite correct. It did not mean a revolution in this aspect, although already pointed out some other detail about what Sony Ericsson could do.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ARC

Some devices later, with varied designs, we come to one of the most beautiful phones developed by Sony Ericsson. A smart phone with a curved design on the back and a pretty slim profile for the time.

It was completed by bright edges, which accentuated the arched design of the device. It was still plastic, but in terms of design, this Xperia ARC continues to withstand the test of time. In fact, I hope they risk taking that design back on future phones.

We have reached the age of Sony

We went completely into the purely Sony era, no longer tied to Ericsson. The brand began to make design decisions. One was the unification of their lines, a philosophy that the whole family would share.

The negative of this decision is that the unique personality of each device was lost a little, although the characteristic details were maintained. Another of the pillars of this new era is based on the evolution of a design, polishing it and perfecting it over time.

Sony Xperia NXT | Iconic Identity Design

The first members of the new Sony came under the name NXT, devices like Xperia P or Xperia S are under that name. If we should highlight the design of one of these devices, we get the Xperia S.

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The top area of ​​the phone has already advanced the design that would accompany us on future devices. Although the "jewel" of this style was in the lower area, an implementation of physical buttons remain captivating today.

We found a transparent area that was illuminated that surrounded the entire profile of the device, with the feeling that the lower area "floated". We continue to see plastic devices, although we improve quality.

Sony Xperia Z | Omnibalance Project

We arrived at the beginning of a long era, we started in Xperia Z and we reached the Xperia Z5. Sony entered the high-end that used premium finishes, with the Xperia Z being one of the first devices to use the crystal for your body .

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This design has evolved over the years, reaching its maximum expression in the Xperia Z5. It highlights the choice of power button located on the side that would integrate the fingerprint reader. It was also one of the first terminals to include water and dust resistance which later became popular in other brands.

Sony Xperia X | Unified Design

We came to the next evolution in Sony's design, keeping the top and bottom edges, although the sides narrowed. This new design, incorporated in the Xperia X series, is based on a continuous line design .

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Sony Xperia XZ2 | Environmental flow

The long awaited renovation has finally arrived, a more organic design of more rounded lines . We have the presence of glass, Gorilla Glass 5, both front and back. We have seen some significant changes from previous projects.

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Evolve is fine, but …

Having some ideas and perfecting them is something that is totally within the logic. However, it gives the feeling that we enter a time when the devices differ very little between them. And notch fashion does not help in excess.

If we look at the projects of the first Xperia, when they were still a tandem with Ericsson, we found risky projects with personality. I want the brands to challenge again, as in those crazy years, when Android started to take its first steps.

Time will tell you where the industry is going in terms of design, I hope they decide again to have personality and not copy something that is fashionable or that works …


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