We’re not too sure on whether to deem this rumor as credible or totally false. On one side, Sony’s marketing director Don Mesa did say that the company is perfectly content with the 16:9 ratio at this year’s MWC. Furthermore, the firm’s entertainment division Sony Pictures currently relies on the 16:9 format, so it wouldn’t be a smart idea to make a device that will letterbox all Sony movies and games.
However, Japan Display Inc., a conglomerate of the display divisions of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, actually did announce that it will start a mass production of a “Full Active LCD display which has a slim bezel design on all four display sides, and a display aspect ratio of 18:9 for smartphone devices” less than two weeks ago. As both Apple and Samsung are set to launch premium smartphones with an “all-screen” design in Q3 2017, it makes perfect sense for the Japanese manufacturer to try and respond accordingly.
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