Sony Launches the Xperia XZ Premium, XZs, XA1 and XA1 Ultra at MWC 2017

Sony Launches the Xperia XZ Premium, XZs, XA1 and XA1 Ultra at MWC 2017

Sony is making its presence felt at Mobile World Congress 2017 by launching not one or two, but four new smartphones. While the phones share a similar design language, these smartphones mark a few key firsts in the market for Sony.

Xperia XZ Premium

The Xperia XZ Premium is the top product that was announced by Sony, and it became one of the first phones to be announced with newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (albeit availability is a different issue). Sony is also packing a heavy punch by fitting the device with a 5.5″ Triluminos 4K display with support for HDR, a display which Sony claims is 40% brighter than the Z5 Premium. Keep in mind the device will not run at 4K all the time, rather (and like we saw with the Z5 Premium) it will scale certain content like photos and videos, and even web browsing, when it deems it necessary.

The XZ Premium also packs in 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, a 3,230 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 as well as Qnovo adaptive charging support. The phone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, and is IP68 rated. It also boasts of a 1Gbps LTE modem inside.

The real kicker comes in the camera department. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with what Sony is calling the Motion Eye camera. The rear camera is a 19MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, but instead of a 2-layer design, this features a memory layer in between the sensor and control circuitry layers. This allows the camera itself to store photos temporarily instead of waiting on the chipset to transfer them to RAM. This in turn allows the camera to capture 4K video, and 720p HD video at an astounding 960fps slow-motion (albeit for only 0.18 seconds). The front camera is a 13MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Sony did not reveal the pricing of the Xperia XZ Premium. The availability of the phone is also inconvenient, as the Xperia XZ Premium will be available closer to the second half of 2017.

Xpera XZs

The Xperia XZs is the step down cousin of the XZ Premium, but one that will be available in early April 2017.

On the front, you get a 5.2″ Triluminos FHD display with Gorilla Glass 5. On the inside, you get the more widely available Snapdragon 820 SoC, with 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage and microSD card expansion. The phone is powered by a decent 2,900 mAh battery with with QuickCharge 3.0 and Qnovo adaptive charging support. The phone also runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, and is IP68 rated too.

The good part of the Xperia XZs is that it retains the Motion Eye camera setup from the Xperia XZ Premium. This includes the 720p slow-mo video recording at 960fps. The front camera also bears the same specifications.

Pricing info on this device will be made available soon.

Xperia XA1

The Xperia XA1 forms the mid-range offering in Sony’s portfolio. The highlight of this device is the borderless (side) edge-to-edge display, though you do get bezels on the top and bottom.

The Xperia XA1 comes with a 5″ HD display. Inside, the phone has a MediaTek Helio P20 SoC, with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD expansion. The phone is powered by a 2,300 mAh battery with Pump Express+ 2.0 fast charging support, and it runs on Android Nougat.

The camera setup on the device consists of a 23MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. Video recording is limited to 1080p with no support for 4K. The front camera is a 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Xperia XA1 Ultra

The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra gets part of its name from its 6″ FHD display, which is borderless in a fashion similar to the Xperia XA1.

On the inside, you get the same MediaTek Helio P20 SoC, although RAM and storage have been bumped up to 4GB and 32/64GB respectively. The battery capacity of the device is 2,700 mAh, and it comes with Pump Express+ 2.0 fast charging support.

The rear camera setup on Xperia XA1 Ultra is the same as the Xperia XA1. The front camera is where the upgrade comes in, with the front selfie camera now being a 16MP shooter with OIS, dedicated flash and f/2.0 aperture.

Both the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra will be available in March 2017. Pricing information has not been revealed.

What are your thoughts on the new additions to the Xperia lineup? Do you look forward to purchasing the new smartphones? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
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I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]