Sony has launched a mid-range smartphone in Japan. Dubbed as the Xperia 8, it looks very similar to the Xperia 10 handsets the company showcased at the Mobile World Congress this year. The phone comes with Gorilla Glass 6 protection on both front and rear.
The Xperia 8 features the same 6 inch IPS LCD display with FHD+ resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio present in the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. The tall design allows the device to be held in one hand with ease but one would still need to stretch their finger to reach the top of the screen. Because of this, Sony has included a Side Sense that displays frequently used apps on the side for easy use.
Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is support for expandable memory using a microSD card. The rear sports a dual camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary camera and an 8MP depth sensor. On the front, there is an 8MP sensor supporting portrait mode placed o the long strip.
The device runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and is backed by a 2,750 mAh battery that claims 2 years of great battery life. The fingerprint sensor is embedded on the side. Connectivity features include VoLTE, WI-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 3.0 port and 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone has an IPX5 rating for water resistance and IP6X rating for dust resistance.
The Sony Xperia 8 will be priced at 54,000 Yen (Rs 35,000) making it a rather expensive device for what it is offering. Similar priced phones in India are offering a lot more by way of specifications. The Xperia 8 will be available in Japan later this month in Grey,Black, White and Blue color options.
Sony Xperia 8 specifications
- 6 inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage
- 12MP + 8MP rear
- 8MP front
- Android 9 Pie
- 2,750 mAh battery