Sony bets high on cameras, introduces Xperia XZs, XA1 and XA1 Ultra


Sony was on a roll at MWC at Barcelona, it released not one but 4 different phones. Each one of these phones are targeted to a different target market. Apart from the Sony Xperia XZ Premium that we already reported on, the company launched the Sony Xperia XZs, Sony Xperia XA1, and finally the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra.

Sony Xperia XZs


The XZs comes with a 5.2 inch full HD display of the Triluminous variety. The phone is wrapped in a glass back and front while a metallic frame runs in between to form a water and dust resistant body. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 820 from last year’s flagship phones, it is backed with 4GB RAM and a choice between 32GB and 64GB internal storage; the space can be expanded via a micro SD card up to 256GB. Photography is catered for by a 19MP Motion Eye rear camera that supports 960fps super slo-mo mode and a 13MP front facing camera. 960fps is a world’s first super slo-mo on a  mobile phone, others don’t go past 240fps. USB type C is on board as well as a 3.5 mm head phone jack and a stereo speaker setup. The whole system runs on android 6.0 Nougat and is powered by a 2,900mAH battery. Lastly, a fingerprint sensor conveniently placed on the side mounted power button handles the device security.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra


This phone comes with a whopping 6 inch screen with full HD resolution and almost no bezels at all, its quite breath-taking. A Mediatek Helio P20 runs the show revealing the midrange nature of the phone. 4 GB RAM will ensure smooth multitasking and a choice of 32GB or 64GB internal space is available, both with expansion slots of up to 256GB. The Ultra XA1 is a targeted to shutterbugs who love taking photos, it is equipped with 23MP rear camera and a mega 16MP selfie camera with an LED flash. The music sector is covered by a 3.5 mm jack which many manufacturers, such as Apple, are abandoning. Android 7.0 is on-board and is kept on by a meagre 2,700 mAH battery; fortunately it supports Pump Express 2.0+ fast charge through the USB-Type C.

Sony Xperia XA1


This is the low end of them all and obviously the most affordable. It keeps the price low by going with a 5 inch HD display, 3 GB of RAM, a 32GB storage, 8MP selfie camera with no LED flash and a 2300 mAH battery. Sony decided to bring some features from the XA1 Ultra such as the 23MP camera, the USB-Type C with Pump Express 2.0+ fast charge, the same Mediatek Helio P20 chipset and the Android 7.0 Nougat version. Both the XA1 and the XA1 Ultra have no water resistance nor dust protection.