After being tight-lipped about its MWC plans, Sony has launched four new smartphones at an event in Barcelona during MWC 2017. The new smartphones are Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra. All four smartphones runn Android Nougat out-of-the-box and the Sony UI over the top. Of the lot, the Xperia XZ Premium has the world’s first 4K (3840×2160 pixels) HDR display on a smartphone. Also Read - PS5 restock June 2021: Sony PlayStation 5 goes out of stock within minutes of going liveAlso Read - Cyberpunk 2077 back on Sony's PlayStation Store, with a special warning for PS4 owners
Sony has also collaborated with Amazon to showcase a few of its shows in 4K HDR on the phone from Amazon Prime Video, so it’s fair to say that there will be actual content to use with the 4K HDR screen on the phone. Sony is notably touting the phone as the world’s first 4K HDR phone, but we have to consider the fact that all of those pixels on a phone with a 5.5-inch screen seems like overkill. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a pixel-per-inch count of over 800, which is far more than what’s needed for a sharp picture where you cannot spot the individual pixels.
That said, HDR capability on a phone is a great touch, and with more HDR content being made available, this is a good move by Sony. LG has also revealed HDR support on its G6 smartphone, so this is likely to be a new trend on flagship smartphones this year.
Apart from the 4K HDR display, Sony’s smartphones will also come with Motion Eye technology in the camera. The new camera, which is present on the top-end Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, is touted to be the world s first super slow motion camera on a smartphone. Sony has also integrated fast memory into the camera stack, which allows it to shoot at 960fps at 720p resolution, which is four times the frame-rate that other top-end smartphones such as the Google Pixel range can achieve. It’s interesting to note that the Lenovo Z2 Plus also features a 960fps slow-motion shooting mode, but this is a gimmick achieved by interpolation. It will be interesting to see if there is any trickery involved in the Sony phones’ ability to do so, and this is something we’ll find out when we’ve had a chance to try out the phone.
The company is also bringing the triple-sensor system, which is said to offer laser autofocus, an RGBC infrared sensor for adjusting white balance, and an updated ExmorRS image sensor.
The mid-range Sony XA1 Ultra comes with a 16-megapixel front snapper with OIS and a flash, targeting it at the selfie-centric user. A front camera with flash and OIS isn’t something we see often, so this is a great addition to the phone, and one that sets it apart among the mid-range.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium specifications
The Xperia XZ Premium as the name suggests is the most premium of the line-up, with a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display. Under the hood the smartphone runs Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. Also on offer is 64GB of internal storage. On the camera front, the smartphone sports the new 19-megapixel rear “Motion Eye” camera. There is also a 13-megapixel front camera. The smarphone gets its juice from 3,230mAh battery, along with IP68 water resistance.
Sony Xperia XZs specifications
Sony has also launched another smartphone called Xperia XZs, which comes with a 5.2-inch Full-HD screen. The smartphone come with minor upgrades to the Xperia XZ, which was launched last year. At the heart, the smartphone runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 paired with 4GB of RAM. There is also an option to further expand the memory via microSD card. The phone also has the new Motion Eye rear camera with its 960fps super slow motion video feature, along with a 2,900mAh battery capacity. The smartphone will be available in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black color variants. ALSO READ: Sony takes on Apple AirPods, launches Xperia Open Style concept earphones at MWC 2017
Sony Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra specifications
Both the phones come with diamond cut-like finish on top and bottom, along with aluminium sides giving it a premium look and feel. The Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra are the mid-rangers player from Sony. Featuring a 5-inch 720p display and 6-inch full-HD, edge-to-edge displays, respectively, the smartphones are the successors to the Xperia XA that launched at MWC 2016.
In terms of processor, both Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra have an octa-core MediaTek processor and are paired with 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively. On the photgraphy front, the smartphone come with a 23-megapixel rear camera. Up front, the The XA1 sports an 8-megapixel front camera and a 2,300mAh battery, while the XA1 Ultra has a 16-megapixel front snapper with OIS and a flash, and a 2,700mAh battery.
The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra are said to launch sometime in Spring 2017, while the Xperia XZs is expected to launch in April 2017. Users might have to wait for the Xperia XZ Premium a little longer as the smartphone is said to launch in late Spring this year. The delay might be due to the shortage of availability of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in the market. The company has not revealed pricing for any of the smartphones yet.
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