Sony Introduces Xperia X Series Smartphones At MWC
Sony has given its Xperia line-up a new look, unveiling its first “X” series smartphones, along with a number of accompanying smart products, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Three smartphones make up the X series line, comprising the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA, with each model sporting a curved 5″ display, in the case of the Xperia X and Xperia Performance full-HD and HD for the Xperia XA.
All three smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while under the hood, the Xperia X is powered by a Snapdragon 650 processor, the Xperia Performance a Snapdragon 820 processor and the Xperia XA a MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor.
The Xperia X and Xperia Performance come with 3 GB RAM and up to 32 GB of flash memory, and the Xperia XA 2 GB RAM and up to 16 GB of flash memory, with all three smartphones providing capacity for up to a 200 GB microSD card.
The Xperia X and Xperia Performance each sport a 23 MP main camera with predictive hybrid autofocus, allowing the user to choose their subject, then predicting its motion, and a 13 MP front camera. The Xperia XA sports a 13 MP main camera with hybrid autofocus and a 8 MP front camera.
In terms of design, Sony states each of its X series smartphones “brings a curved glass display within a rounded, continuous frame for a familiar form that feels comfortable in your hand”.
“The unified design concept is also extended to Xperia XA, which features a stunning edge-to-edge display to integrate seamlessly into your life,” Sony states.
– Xperia accessories
Sony has additionally unveiled a range of smart accessories, including its Xperia Ear wireless ear-piece, which connects to Android smartphones via NFC or Bluetooth.
“It provides you with useful information, such as your schedule, weather and the latest news to keep you up-to-date on the go,” Sony states of the Xperia Ear.
“Powered by Sony’s voice technology, it responds to verbal commands, so you can ask it to make a call,
perform an internet search, dictate a message or navigate to a certain location. It enables you to face forward and get things done, for a convenient hands-free experience.”
The Xperia Eye, meanwhile, “is a conceptual vision for an ultra-compact, wearable wide-angle lens camera”, which can be attached to clothing or worn around the neck.
Sony states that it represents a proof-of-concept exploration to bring its camera and sensing technology to its smallest ever form-factor, decked out with a 360-degree spherical lens for a natural field of view, with intelligent shutter technology using facial and voice detection to capture images.
The Xperia Projector concept employs “a natural and interactive interface projection on any clear surface”, responding to touch, voice and gestures, the same as a smartphone screen, while the Xperia Agent concept is Sony’s vision for a personalised assistant, responding to voice and gestures, providing information,
communication assistance and home appliance controls, decked out with a built-in camera and projector display for projecting content onto surfaces.
Meanwhile, Sony is also set to rollout its RM-X7BT in-car Bluetooth commander, enabling wireless music streaming and using Sony’s voice technology to activate smartphone functions while driving.
It consists of an adaptor module, enabling wireless audio streaming and hands-free calls, and a commander, facilitating smartphone functions such as navigation.