Forget the Samsung Galaxy Fold: The Sony Xperia XZ4 is a real taste of the future

Sliding screens are more practical than their foldable counterparts

Sony Xperia XZ4
(Image credit: TechConfigurations)

Sony could be the next manufacturer to throw its hat into the transforming smartphone ring with the Sony Xperia XZ4 (opens in new tab). At least, that's what a recent concept video would have you believe – showcasing a handset with a sliding OLED screen.

The handset would join the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold (opens in new tab) – the first and only foldable device available in brick-and-mortar stores – and the upcoming Huawei Mate X (opens in new tab) and Microsoft Surface Duo Neo (opens in new tab), as well as the rumoured Motorola RAZR 2019 (opens in new tab).

Created by TechConfigurations, the short clip highlights a device with a 7.5-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED screen that can shrink into a more compact form, by simply coasting up and down. There's also a 12MP OnePlus 7 Pro (opens in new tab)-style pop-up camera on the front.

Other notable features include a dual-camera on the rear (60MP + 20MP), a Snapdragon 865 CPU and a 5500mAh battery. Plus, there are front-firing stereo speakers to make the high-res viewing experience that little bit more immersive.

Of course, this is all conjecture. None of the details derive from fact; it's purely fiction – a visualisation of what someone is hoping to see. So take this as a taste of what the future could hold, and not an indication of what's lurking around the corner.

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