A new affordable entry in the Xperia range has been announced this week by Sony, with the L1 intending to sit at a lower price point than flagship models.
The good news is that the Xperia L1 does not skimp on the screen, as it sports a 5.5 inch panel with a solid if uninspired 720p resolution. This gives it the same display area as the iPhone 7 Plus, albeit with fewer pixels on offer.
A 13 megapixel camera is found on the back, while a front-facing five megapixel snapper is a nice touch for selfie fans. With a 2620mAh battery on board there may be concerns about how long the L1 can last between charges, but some intelligent tech means that the charging experience itself should be quicker and more efficient than usual.
A quad core chipset from MediaTek is matched with 2GB of RAM, meaning that while the L1 will not offer blazing performance it should handle Android Nougat and any apps fairly smoothly. Integrated storage sits at a somewhat meagre 16GB, but there is a microSD memory card slot to add some much needed expandability, making this mid range Xperia model one to watch when it is released next month.
Many new devices have been unveiled at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, with Japanese firm Sony earning plenty of attention thanks to the emergence of the Xperia XZ Premium.
This high end Google Android 7.1 (Nougat) device is able to outdo its rivals in a range of categories, sporting a 5.5 inch display with a 4K resolution, which is the first mobile screen of its kind to offer High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. This shows just how quickly technology is being translated from the TV market into the mobile sector.
The XZ Premium also comes with an impressive camera that boasts the ability to record video at up to 960 frames a second at a resolution of 1280×720. That means it can slow down footage to treacle-like speeds and deliver unprecedented visual clarity at the same time, giving budding filmmakers another portable weapon for their audiovisual arsenal.
The power to achieve this is provided by the Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, which is faster than any of its predecessors and 4GB RAM. And with a microSD card slot, this smartphone is also ready to have its onboard storage expanded to make room for all the photos and videos that owners will no doubt capture.
Sony has long been known for making smartphones with class-leading photography capabilities, so it is no surprise to see it announce another innovation in this area.
The Japanese firm revealed it has created a sensor designed for mobile devices which is capable of recording footage at 1000 frames per second, making it possible to shoot full HD video for slow motion playback with unrivalled quality and clarity.
The addition of extra RAM to the sensor’s makeup means that it can operate far quicker than equivalent units already on the market. So footage should look better no matter the number of frames that are being captured.
By comparison, the maximum 240fps capture capabilities of Apple’s iPhone range looks a little long in the tooth, especially considering that users are restricted to recording at 720p resolutions when they use this setting.
Whether or not this technology will end up on Sony’s flagship mobiles this year is unclear, although with MWC 2017 just a few weeks away it will not be long before more information is made available and the next generation of smartphone cameras is unleashed on a wider audience of photography and video fans.
Although it has yet to unveil a new top tier device this year, Sony is poised to introduce the Xperia XR next month, according to Pocket Lint.
Replacing the old Xperia X5, the XR is expected to be just as stylish as its predecessors, albeit with a full metal frame rather than one featuring plastic or glass.
A 5.1 inch 1080p display, 23 megapixel primary camera and eight megapixel front-facing snapper are on the cards, with 4K video recording reportedly possible with either of the lenses, making it an impressive streaming device if true.
The Snapdragon 820 chipset from Qualcomm will be at the heart of the Xperia XR, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Fans can also expect that Sony will be sticking with its past form and making the device resistant to water and dust, ensuring it can survive unexpected accidents.
Sony has not achieved the same level of success in the smartphone market as its peers like Samsung, but it has a loyal customer base built up, thanks to previous flagship Xperia range launches. The Xperia XR is likely to please this group, as well as perhaps having the ability to win over others.
The Xperia Z5 is the latest flagship smartphone to be announced by Sony and, like its predecessors, it sports a slender yet robust exterior which is resistant to water. However, the manufacture has actually taken the step of suggesting that users would be better to avoid fully submerging their new handset in liquid if they want to avoid any damage occurring.
Although lab tests have allowed the Xperia Z5 to achieve an IP68 rating, Sony points out on its site that the tests were carried out on a device which was in standby mode, as well as making the most of the ideal conditions that professional testing provides, according to TechRadar.
So for users who were thinking about leaving an Xperia Z5 in the drink for up to 30 minutes, as prescribed by the IP68 rating, it sounds like this is less sensible than it initially might seem.
The good news is that for most intents and purposes, the Xperia Z5 will be much more durable than the majority of its rivals, including the new iPhone 6S, so should be capable of surviving a liquid spill. But for particularly adventurous users, the advice is not to try and harness any of the phone’s features while it is beneath the surface.