Sony had one clear goal for their engineers when it came time to build their 2017 flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium – if there’s a feature under the sun that can be crammed inside of this phone, you’re to do it, no matter the cost. For that reason, we’ve yet to be told the price of the powerful phone and I’m sure when announced, a few heads will explode.
Until then, Sony can bask in all the acolytes they’ve been receiving for the XZ Premium, including having it be called the “Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017″ at the annual Global Mobile Awards (Glomo Awards).
But that’s not the only praise for the XZ Premium. A few others include:
Just a few days ago, Sony unveiled to the world their flagship phone for 2017, the Xperia XZ Premium, which features a 4K HDR display among other various things like its 960fps slow-mo video camera. But that’s not all – if a feature or spec existed, it’s likely that Sony shoved it inside the XZ Premium specs so let’s take a look at what exactly you’ll find inside their powerful new phone.
There is little doubt that the Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s true flagship phone this year and features all the bells and whistles like increased battery, faster processor, and a glorious 5.5-inch 4K HDR display. There is also little doubt that it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg when it launches later this Spring. For some, that phone is overkill but that doesn’t mean they don’t want something new and that’s where the Xperia XZs comes in. If you’ve known last year’s model, the Xperia XZ, then you pretty much know this phone.
Instead of reengineering the phone from the ground up, Sony did something simple: they took everything good about the Xperia XZ and improved it in subtle ways like incorporating the 1/2.3-inch 19-megapixel Exmor RS camera which Sony refers to as ‘Motion Eye’ with its 960 frames per second super slow-mo video and predictive capture capabilities which are found on the Xperia XZ Premium as well.
Ever wanted to use a tablet as your phone? If so, you’re in luck. At MWC 2017, Sony announced the Xperia XA1 Ultra, the successor to the XA Ultra. Like the name is a mouthful, the device itself is also a handful at 6-inch with an edge-to-edge design that makes it feel like you’re holding a piece of glass.
If you’re into phablets, the XA1 Ultra has a ton of features for you to consider, all while addressing some of the biggest complaints about last year’s model like screen resolution which is now bumped up to 1080p. Like all smartphones, one of the most important features is its camera and the XA1 Ultra does not disappoint.
Earlier today, or late last night depending on your time zone, Sony took to stage at MWC 2017 to unveil their latest phones and as predicted by previous rumors, a flagship model as well. Named the Xperia XZ Premium, the name harkens back to the well received Xperia Z5 Premium. Since then, to many, Sony hasn’t had a true flagship phone but as the name suggests, all that changes and a beloved feature of the Z5 Premium has made its way to the XZ Premium as well – a 4K display.
Sony has already debuted the Xperia X and Xperia XA launch video and in honor of fairness, we’re sharing the official Sony Xperia X Performance video with you as well. Taking many cues from the Xperia X, the Xperia X Performance is as the name suggests, a performance iteration with better camera technology, faster processor, and better connectivity speeds. You can read all about the Xperia X Performance here. From Sony:
Introducing the official preview video for Xperia X Performance: the super-fast curved smartphone which enriches every experience with predictive auto-focus, quicker launch and incredible power.
With quicker response times, more intelligent focus and a new highly adaptive shutter speed, the new Xperia X Performance gets you clearer shots in the toughest situations. And as we’ve taken specs other smartphones have in their main camera and placed them upfront, you can now take super selfies at the first time, every time.
While our classic form is as striking in its simplicity as ever, the curved display and edges make for an even more comfortable grip. From swiping through your favourite hi-res audio tracks, to playing for hours with PS4™ Remote Play – it makes everything you do feel so much more intuitive.
The official Sony Xperia X Performance launch video is after the jump. Not only is it worth a watch, but it will help explain the above video.
With MWC 2016 now behind us, Sony is left with an entirely new family of phones that promises to take the throne of the Xperia Z5. Will you be buying one of the new Xperia X phones? Let us know in our poll after the jump!
Alongside the new Xperia X family, Sony also unveiled a few new extension pieces at MWC 2016. They include the Sony Xperia Agent, an Amazon Echo competitor, the Xperia Projector with touch gestures, Xperia Eye, a lifelog camera, and the Xperia Ear. Think of it as having a virtual assistant like Siri in your ear.
Introducing the official preview video for Xperia™ Ear – Next generation wireless ear-piece from Sony that lets you listen to weather alerts, send and receive messages, check your schedule and more. All without picking up your phone.
Xperia™ Ear lets you carry on communicating while enjoying the world around you – reading out everything that’s important to you so you don’t miss a thing. But it also puts you in total control. Simply tell it to make a call or dictate a quick message – activating your phone with voice commands is easy.
With a super-comfortable ear-fit and a sleek, stylish look, you won’t think twice about wearing it all day. It even comes with a stylish case that doubles as a charger, so if you’re out and about and running low on battery, you can easily power it back up.
The official Sony Xperia Ear video after the jump.
I’ve already given you a preview of the Sony Xperia XA, including the specs you’ll find in this mid-range smartphone. After the jump, something a little more visual from Sony that gives you an overview of their latest. As Sony put it:
Introducing the official preview video for Xperia XA: The stunning 5” curved smartphone with super-fast camera and 2-day battery life* – designed to go hand in hand with however you live your life.
Bringing together a stunning full-width display and a smooth, curved form, Xperia XA has a completely new look and feel that’s as pleasing on the eye as it is in the hand. But we know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which is why it comes in four striking colours for you to choose from.
Life is full of fleeting moments, and with a fast-launch camera button that gets you up and running in 0.5s, you can rest assured you’ll get the shots that best reflect your memories. The 0.25s Hybrid Autofocus also helps you capture the action in bright, blur-free shots.
Because it has highly-responsive sensors on both the front and back cameras, it’s the selfie phone you can’t do without. And with up to two days of battery life* from just one charge, you can snap happy all weekend long.
Video after the jump.
Earlier this week, Sony announced the Xperia X and Xperia XA at MWC 2016. Both phones boast some noteworthy specs but the third phone announced, the Xperia X Performance is where the real power lies in the company’s new lineup of smartphones with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Everything you can expect from the Xperia X Performance lies in the name. Though boasting a near identical finish to the Xperia X, Sony’s performance phone has a faster processor and LTE connections, a bigger battery, and a better camera system. As Sony put it:
Discover your creative capabilities and ignite your passion
Let’s talk more in depth after the jump.
The Sony Xperia X was unveiled at MWC 2016. Reaction so far from the community has been mixed, mostly due to them not knowing if the Xperia X is here to replace the Z5 and act as what would have been the Z6 or not. Emotions aside, the Xperia X has a lot going for it, including a new Snapdragon 650 processor, Hi-Res Audio, and a powerful 23-megapixel rear-facing and 13-megapixel front-facing cameras. From Sony:
Introducing the official preview video for Xperia X: the latest curved smartphone from Sony that helps you share, capture, and daydream more than ever.
For those unexpectedly beautiful moments, we’ve made our flagship camera faster and more intelligent – with Smart Capture technology and 0.06s Hybrid Autofocus. Plus, with 13MP and Sony’s renowned low-light sensors, the front-facing camera will take your selfie game to the next level.
It’s not just the photos you take that look amazing – it’s the handset itself. And with a curved display and seamless metal back, it fits like a glove.
The unrivalled battery of Xperia X brings you up to two days* of power from every charge, you can do what you love for longer – like go explore all weekend long, play the latest games on PS4™ Remote Play for hours, or listen to the hottest hi-res audio tracks for longer than ever.
After the jump, you’ll find the official Sony Xperia X launch video.
With its plastic finish, the Sony Xperia XA boasts a vibrant set of colors when it arrives some time this summer. Those colors include
- Graphite Black
- Lime Gold
- Rose Gold
The white and graphic black are the most basics of colors (but damn if that black doesn’t look nice). However, unsurprisingly, much like when iPhone 6s, it’s the rose gold that steals the show. Surely that’s a color that will demand attention towards your shiny new phone. After the jump, a photo gallery from the Xperia XA color options.
Just yesterday, Sony unveiled their mid-range Xperia XA and more upscale Xperia X. We’ve already looked at the Xperia X specs which include quite a few premium features like a fingerprint sensor and 13-megapixel front-facing camera. As for the Xperia XA, though on a lower tier, Sony isn’t turning over a slouch to us either. Some highlights are:
- 13-megapixel camera with Hybrid Autofocus
- 8-megapixel front camera for low-light selfies
- 64-bit Octa-core
- microSD card support (up to 200GB)
After the jump, the full Sony Xperia XA specs await you.
Do you live in Europe and are wondering what the newly revealed Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA will cost you? Wonder no more as the prices for the more high-end and mid-range smartphones which were just announced by Sony (though won’t be coming to market till summer). Sony has already confirmed that we’ll be seeing the Xperia X arrive in US so these prices should give you some sort of indication at what pricing will be like in the States.
After the jump, the Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA price structure.
Alongside the Xperia X, Sony also unveiled the Xperia XA at MWC 2016. Sitting as a mid-range phone in their new lineup, the Xperia XA lacks a lot of the higher-end specs the Xperia X holds but by no means is it a slouch. In terms of design, the XA isn’t too far off from the Xperia X though the metal finish is instead swapped out for plastic. From Sony:
Your smartphone follows you everywhere. That’s why Xperia XA has been designed with a new look and feel to truly harmonise with your life. Bringing together a stunning full-width display, a smooth, curved form and a size that’s not-too-big and not-too-small. It’s just right.
After the jump, let’s talk more details and specs.