Following multiple leaks, Sony have announced their latest trio of devices at MWC.

(Update 17/03/2017): The Xperia XA1 will be arriving in Europe on April 10th and should be coming to the market at around $280, with the XA1 Ultra still on for a summer release and a slightly higher price tag. The Xperia XZ Premium is expected to launch between the two, some time during late April or early May.

The features and specifications of all three devices are listed below:

Xperia XZ Premium

This is Sony's flagship smartphone, featuring all the latest technology Sony can possibly throw at it. The phone is not expected to be released until Q2 of 2017 given its only just been announced, so there is no expected release date or price as of yet. That being said, from what we have seen at MWC 2017, there are some serious stand-out features and a lot of information confirmed for the device itself prior to release.

First of all, we have the screen, which will be a 4K HDR display measuring 5.5" corner to corner. This is the first of its kind and Sony is really showing off the screen in particular, boasting Corning Gorilla Glass which will also be brought round to the back of the device, with the whole phone being beautifully crafted out of a Glass and Aluminum combination. A brand-new camera has been fitted to the device, bringing a completely new era of smartphone cameras along with it. The new 19MP EIS camera supports 960 fps filming at 720p, plenty more than any device of its kind has ever achieved. This is accompanied by full HDR support and its own RAM allowing for the camera to record smoothly and to give the user a preemptive touch-shot feature. The front-facing camera is not to be a let down either, with a 13MP 1080p camera located at the top left of the device. Along with all modern Xperia devices, the XZ Premium bring IP68 dust/water proofing to the table and is moving up to USB Type-C for charging. To power the whole device, a Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor at 2.45GHz and Adreno 540 GPU are under the hood, along with 4GB of RAM, a 64GB internal storage and up to 256GB of expandable MicroSD storage. There are to be both Single-SIM and Dual-SIM options for the device too. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the side of the device and the battery is a 3230mAh Quick Charge 3.0 battery. Upon launch, the device will be running Android Nougat 7.1 and will even have support for H.265 video playback.

Xperia XA1

This is to be a more mid-tier smartphone, featuring a lot of new features but at a more competitive cost. It is to be released on April 26th 2017 but no given price has been announced as of yet.

To begin with, the device sports a 5" 720p display with a 23MP rear facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera. This is one of the thinnest devices of the year, at only 8mm thick, but does not lack on quality with its aluminium finish. As per usual with Sony devices, the fingerprint scanner is to be found on the right of the device, along with the much liked camera buttons and volume buttons. Under the hood, we see a MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20 Octa-Core chip, paired with a Mali-T880MP2 GPU. All this is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable to 256GB through external MicroSD card). To power all this hardware, Sony have used a Pump Express+ 2.0 fast charging battery that stores 2300mAh and upon launch the device will be releasing on the Android 7.0 Nougat OS.


Xperia XA1 Ultra

Big brother to the above mentioned XA1, the XA1 features mostly the same specifications, with a few minor changes detailed below.

The XA1 Ultra is expected to release later in Q2 alongside the XZ Premium. It is to be a 6" device with a full 1080p display, with the same rear facing camera as its smaller brother, but an improved front-facing camera of 16MP. Inside the device, a majority of the internals are the same, though the RAM is upped to 4GB and there is a 64GB internal storage model available. The battery has the same technology as mentioned above, but instead carries a 2700mAh capacity. No known price is given for the device, but it should place just a bit more expensive than its smaller brother, still nowhere near the XZ Premium.

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