Sony introduces: new smartphones, old problems

Sony is presenting a pair of handsome devices, which will nevertheless find it difficult to make significant international hits

Sony came to the IFA 2016 exhibition in Germany with guns drawn and a pair New ones, one of which will be the heir to the The relatively disappointing X Performance and the second announcing the return of the unique Compact brand to the arena.

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The new Xperia XZ combines the old and the new including the 5.2 Triluminos IPS screen and the 1080p resolution on the Gorilla Glass cover, plus Snapdragon 820 quadcom cores, 3GB of LPDDR4 memory, built-in storage of 32GB or 64GB based on eMMC standard plus microSD slot for further expansion, system Marshmallow with the promise of updating the Android Nogut in the not-too-distant future, a pair of front stereo speakers, IP68 protection and dust protection (with protection but not immunity), built-in fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX support and connector Type-C provided by Quick Charge 3.0 Quick Charge to Solver 2,900mAh built into it.

Sony is very proud of their updated camera
Sony is very proud of their updated camera

God- The XZ includes an updated design that incorporates a unique metallic material ALKALEIDO in the rear (which should give stiffness, pleasant feel to the touch and fingerprint resistance and other grease residues) but its main message is to be a main camera based on a new IMX300 sensor at maximum resolution of 23 megapixel and size 1 / 2.3, with a laser-based triaxial focusing system, phase detection and color recognition by infrared sensor and other typical Sony plug-ins such as high-ISO capability, electronic image stabilizer and more. The secondary front camera is based on a generous and advanced 13 megapixel sensor, X Performance.

The Xperia X Compact is a compact version not of the flagship product as it was in the past, but of the Xperia X model for the middle market - with 4.6 Triluminos IPS screen and 720p resolution on the Gorilla Glass cover, Snapdragon 650 hexagon cores, 3GB of RAM, built-in 32GB storage with an external expansion slot, the same new 23 mainframe camera next to the secondary 5 megapixel camera, the same system Marshmallows, a pair of stereo speakers front, the same connector Type-C with quick Charge 3.0 charging and 2,700mAh battery - but without water protection, unfortunately.


The new design and the addition of mint color are refreshing changes literally - but it is not certain that everyone will appreciate them because of the deviation from acceptable appearance norms
The new design and the addition of mint color are refreshing changes literally - but it is not certain that everyone will appreciate them because of the deviation from acceptable appearance norms

These are advanced products in both cases, which also bring a unique look and some characteristics that are difficult to find elsewhere, yet it seems that even before they land in stores, they expect great challenges.

Still the most advanced compact Android market
Still the most advanced compact Android market

God- XZ is not significantly different from what- X Performance (with the exception of the moderate size of the screen), launched very slowly in the market in recent months - and when most of the major competitors are already in the market for a while and reached relatively competitive prices, Comes with a substantial price tag of 600 British Pound and 700 or 750 respectively, which will leave it really relevant only to the consumer audience for which cost-benefit ratios are not a significant factor.

Is not it time to move on to 4GB of RAM, if only for the good feeling?
It is not time to move on to 4GB of memory , If only for the good feeling?

The Xperia X Compact is also quite strange when Sony seems to be planning to price it lower than the Xperia X in its early days, but it is still the price of 380 pounds, which is probably translated into 450 or 500. Definitely for Such as the Snapdragon 650 (which actually offers less processing power than Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z3 Compact). It's still one of the only Android devices that is a worthy competition for the iPhone SE - but we regret that it does not go "to the end" with First-class processing and protection against natural hazards like his brother.

New handsets They are a welcome and interesting addition to our local landscape, just a pity that the decision of Focusing on a premium niche with relatively large margins makes them out of the reach of most interested people. What do you think? Tell us in comments.

Let us hope that this time the international launch will be more agile
Let us hope that this time the international launch will be more agile