A fresh, official-looking, image of the upcoming Xperia Z5 Compact has shown up in a new leaked promotional photo courtesy of Dutch tech blog, TechTastic. There’s nothing entirely remarkable about the image itself, but the very fact the device is showing up in promotional images prior to launch is a good indication that Sony is preparing its marketing ready for its arrival.

Sony, of course, is well-known for releasing modest updates to its Xperia Z lineup each year. In fact, the design language has been so similar between generations, it has been difficult to tell exactly what the Japanese manufacturer has done differently. The same is true of this image. But there is one tell-tale sign which points to it being a new device: The positioning of the volume rocker switch and camera shutter button. You’ll notice the volume control is much further down the right edge than it has been previously. You’ll also notice there’s no round power button sticking out awkwardly from the chassis.

That final observation adds some credence to previously leaked photos showing the power button being a longer pill-shaped key which sits almost flush with the frame. This power button is also expected to have a fingerprint sensor incorporated.

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It hasn’t been announced officially yet, but we’re expecting Sony to unveil its next generation of Xperia devices at IFA in Berlin next month. It’s almost tradition for the manufacturer to show off its new Android devices at the German tech show.

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