Sony unveils interactive projector and four new Xperia smartphones

27 Feb 2017

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Sony is one of the many companies releasing their latest products at Mobile World Congress. Its main offering? Four new Xperia smartphones.

Sony has revealed four new entries to its Xperia range of smartphones, with XZ Premium, XZs, XA1 and XA1 Ultra joining the fold.

The company’s latest attempt to secure a lucrative foothold in the Android market – something made difficult by the vast numbers of competitors and general sameness abound – sees releases at the top and middle of the sector.

Sony’s true differentiator in recent years has been its camera, as the average battery life of all smartphones began to conform to one relatively similar standard across the board.

And it’s the camera that, once again, Sony is using to pitch these latest phones. The company’s Premium Motion Eye camera provides super-slow-motion video capture and playback, four times slower than any other smartphone.

The 5.5in screen, larger than the XZs (5.2in), as well as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage, all play second fiddle to the camera, which boasts 19MP, 1/2.3in sensor and 960fps video recording.

The XZs is a slightly stripped-down version, with the XA1 and XA1 Ultra as the mid-range devices that the Android manufacturers simply cannot bring themselves to get rid of.

Elsewhere, Sony has also revealed its interactive projector called the Xperia Touch, a device that can turn any flat surface into a 23in HD touchscreen, with either horizontal or vertical ultra-short throw projection.

It’s not cheap, though, costing €1,599 in Europe. The resolution is relatively modest (1366 by 768), though the sensitivity of the interaction appears quite good.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic