MWC 2017: Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra launched

Sony unveils four new smartphones - Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra - at MWC 2017 in Barcelona.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: February 27, 2017 5:57 pm
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Sony has launched four new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The new devices are the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra. All four smartphones run the latest version of Android. The Xperia XZ focuses on superior display and camera technology. The Xperia XZs, on the other hand, is an improved version of the original Xperia XZ. Meanwhile, the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra are successors to the Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra.

Xperia XZ Premium 

The Xperia XZ Premium comes with a  5.5-inch 4K (3840×2160) display, with a pixel density of  806 ppi, like the Z5 Premium. The Xperia XZ is the world’s first smartphone with a 4K HDR screen, meaning the resolution is four times better than high-definition displays. HDR supported screens on a mobile smartphone is fast becoming a marquee feature. LG’s latest smartphone, the G6, has an HDR display. Even the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (now defunct) featured an HDR screen.

The Xperia XZ Premium also gets an improved camera. The Japanese company claims the phone’s 19-megapixel “Motion Eye” camera is capable of shooting videos at 960 frames per second, four times slower than any other smartphone. The Xperia XZ Premium also features a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 22mm wide-angle lens.

Along with a 4K HDR screen and super slow motion video capture, the Xperia XZ Premium is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor – which is the fastest chip created by Qualcomm. The new processor is also capable of delivering Gigabit Class LTE (up to 1Gbps).Other features of the Xperia XZ Premium are as follows: 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal memory with microSD card support, fingerprint scanner, waterproof design, USB Type-C support, and a 3230 mAh battery with Stamina mode.

So far, there is a limited section of content that can be viewed on a 4K HDR screen. Netflix and Amazon’s Prime Video service offers content in 4K HDR. Sony said it has inked a partnership with Amazon to optimise a selection of 4K HDR content from its Prime Video streaming service. Xperia XZ Premium will be available in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black colour options, beginning from late Spring 2017. It will likely to be priced at $799 ( or approx Rs 53,305).

Xperia XZs

Sony has also unveiled another high-end smartphone, called Xperia XZs. It comes with a  5.2-inch Full-HD screen,  Qualcomm Snapdragon 820,  4GB of RAM, either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, microSD card, and a 2,900mAh battery.  Like the Xperia XZ Premium, the Xperia XZs gets the new Motion Eye rear camera with its 960fps super slow motion video feature.  The smartphone will be available in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black colour variants. The Xperia XZs is said to be launched in April.

Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra

Both the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra resemble their respective predecessors. The Xperia XA1 features a 5-inch (720p) edge-to-edge display, while the Xperia XA1 Ultra comes with a 6-inch FHD, edge-to-edge screen. In terms of specifications, the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra have an octa-core MediaTek processor, alongside 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively. On the camera front, the Xperia XA1 gets a 23-megapixel rear camera, alongside an 8-megapixel front camera. While the XA1 Ultra has a 23-megapixel rear camera, same as the Xperia XA1, and a 16-megapixel front snapper with OIS and a flash. The Xperia XA1 features a 2300mAh battery, whereas the Xperia XA1 Ultra has a 2700mAh battery inside. Both Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra will hit the market in Spring 2017.

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