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(Pocket-lint) - Actual photos showing the next Sony Xperia smartphone have surfaced online.

Sony is expected to unveil the Xperia XZ4 at Mobile World Congress next February, and some images of that phone have now leaked. The best part is they aren't renders. MySmartPrice spotted the "real-life" photos, giving us an idea of what we can really expect from the phone, even though they only show the front of the Xperia XZ4 and an unlocked home screen.

The pictures are of poor quality, so the main takeaway is that the phone is super long and has an improved UI. The Xperia XZ4 is running Android 9.0 Pie, which should look familiar to most Android users. We can see a folder of applications and a pill-shaped home button on the bottom of the screen. The pictures also show a see-through bar on the right side of the screen.

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This looks similar to the side sensor function on the Xperia XZ3, which, when used, will activate a single-hand mode that makes the phone much easier to use with just one hand. The images also give us the first peek at the front-facing Dual Pixel camera. It should allow for faster autofocusing and improved performance. It should also enable camera effects like bokeh.

The last thing of note about the Xperia XZ4 is that long display, so it's probably good there's a button for one-handed use. This screen is going to allow for an interesting 21:9 aspect ratio. It is said to be 6.5 inches long, making it a half inch larger than its predecessor's display (the Xperia XZ3). The Xperia XZ3 also had HDR10 OLED screen, so we expect the same for the XZ4.

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Oh, and the Xperia XZ4 is rumoured to have a triple-lens camera rear. Unfortunately, no real images of the back have leaked out yet. But an image that MySmartPrice spotted on Weibo shows what it might do, as it was reportedly taken with the triple-lens camera.

We should get a concrete answer at MWC 2019, where the phone is expected to be announced by Sony in late February in Barcelona.

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Writing by Maggie Tillman.