The latest addition to Sony's the X-Series of smartphones, the Xperia XA1, is now available in Australia.
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Sony makes really, really good cameras. The company's professional series cameras are currently coveted by even grumpy old pros reluctant to upgrade, and its camera sensors are found not just in Sony products, but in many competitors, too. So it's no surprise that for years the company has made a big show of playing up the cameras in its smartphones. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is no exception.
The new Sony Xperia Touch is very cool. You watch this tiny 720p laser projector in action, and even when it bugs out and doesn't immediately respond to your every fat fingered press it's still so neat you're almost inclined to not care. But I have no idea who is going to buy this €1600 device. That's nearly $2300 at current exchange rates... for an Android laser projector.
Sony announced today that its Xperia Z5 Premium will be an Optus exclusive.
The Xperia Z5 Premium scores the bragging right of being the world's first 4K smartphone. Other stand-out features include a "completely reimagined" 23MP camera that uses Sony's Alpha camera technology (that lets you capture moments at a speed of 0.033 seconds), PS4 Remote Play compatibility and a ridiculous two-day battery life.
As the old saying goes, there are lies, damned lies and advertised internal storage capacities for mobile devices. Manufacturers misrepresenting usable space on devices is a trick with a long and storied history, but Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua is the most shameless fakery I've ever seen.
With the Xperia Z4 smartphone nowhere to be seen at MWC 2015 (even if its tablet cousin is knocking about) it falls to Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua to carry Sony's phone concerns at the show. A mid-ranger, it's got a few solid features worthy of your attention.
There's a new tablet in town. It's the new Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and yeah, it's slimmer, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 Tablet. But the biggest achievement here is that the attachable keyboard transforms the Z4 into an Android PC, with its own mouse cursor and adapted UI. I tried it, and it's surprisingly plausible.
For years, Sony's smartphones have been competent but uninspired. Maybe product placement in Spectre, the Bond flick whose script was recently leaked, can help? At the very least, these product-placement pitches, sent from Sony's electronics team to its movie studio, show that Sony could be fancying up its flagship smartphone for Hollywood and beyond.
Today, Sony passed on an opportunity to bring its 4.6-inch Sony Z3 compact to the United States, at least for the foreseeable future. With it went any hope of finding a quality smartphone here that doesn't feel like stuffing a butter dish in your pocket, outside of the iPhone 6.
The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact go on sale in Australia very soon. (We don't know exactly when, but more on that later.) The little pocket rocket and its plus-sized sibling will be out at all the major carriers, and thankfully Australia will be getting all the different colours — depending on when you make your purchase from.