IN PICS: Sony shows off new phones, projectors and earbuds

2017-03-02 14:02 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra


Barcelona - Japanese multinational Sony has announced exciting new products at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - including a mini projector, two smartphones and a hearing aid look-alike. 

The company’s new X-Series smartphones - Sony’s mid-tier devices - were announced.

The Xperia XA1 and the 6-inch sized display Xperia XA1 Ultra saw major upgrades to their cameras and overall design. 

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Aside from the top and bottom of the device, the display size in comparison to the body makes the device almost bezel-less. 

The devices feature a massive 23 megapixel camera with a superior low-light capability.

The devices also capture images after the shutter is pressed in 0.6 seconds. 

The XA1 features an 8 megapixel facing camera while the XA1 Ultra has a 16 megapixel facing camera.

Sony’s design change of featuring a bigger screen in relation to the device’s body came in last year with the release of the current device’s predecessor. However, the new devices seem to take the bezel-less display to a new level with a noticeably wider screen. 

The XA1 features a 720 pixel resolution while the XA1 Ultra features a 1080 pixel display.

The company has also included a new power-efficient Mediatek octa-core processors while taking into account the mistakes of competitors by including California-based Qnovo’s Adaptive

The Xperia Touch, also announced at the company MWC event, is able to project the display of almost any Android smartphone. 

The Xperia Touch turns a flat surface into a 23” HD touchscreen, with either horizontal or vertical projection and is compatible with the PlayStation 4 Remote Play1.

The company’s most interesting launch at the event however was the Xperia Ear Open-style concept device.

The new Xperia Ear is essentially Sony’s take at wireless earbuds much like Apple’s Airpods and Samsung’s Galaxy IconX. 

The device sit in the wearer’s ear and hook around the lobe, much like a hearing aid.

Prices and availability dates of Sony’s new products are yet to be announced.

Kyle Venktess is covering MWC 2017 in Barcelona for Fin24 on invitation from Huawei.

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