TechSummit Rewind #056: Sony at MWC 2016

Editor’s Note: This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, focusing on Sony at MWC 2016.

Xperia X

Xperia X all

Sony has announced the Xperia X smartphone range Monday at Mobile World Congress: the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA.

The higher-end X and X Performance feature 23-megapixel cameras with “predictive hybrid autofocus,” which tracks moving objects and predicts where they go, adjusting the focus on the fly to capture fast movement without blur. Meanwhile, the XA features a 13-megapixel rear camera with an eight-megapixel front camera.

The X Performance is the speediest of the bunch, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Meanwhile, the X has a Snapdragon 650, and the XA has a MediaTek MT6755. The X Performance and X have 3GB of RAM, while the XA has 2GB.

All three handsets have five-inch screens, with the XA getting a 720p display with 1080p displays on the X and X Performance. Both of those higher-end models have oval power buttons with built-in fingerprint sensors, while the XA has a circular power button without a fingerprint sensor.

All three devices will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and is claimed to have up to two days of battery life. Sony has also partnered with Qnovo, a California company responsible for adaptive charging technology to get “up to two times normal battery lifespan,” according to Sony.

While all three devices have the physical appearance of an Xperia device, there are small differences between them. The X Performance has a brushed metal back and is waterproof, while the XA has thinner bezels.

Xperia Ear

Xperia Ear Lifestyle Touch

The Xperia Ear is a Moto Hint-esque wireless earbud that brings you information like your schedule, weather, and news to keep you up-to-date. Powered by Sony’s voice technology, it responds to verbal commands used to make calls, perform searches, dictate messages, or ask for directions.

It connects to an Android smartphone through NFC and/or Bluetooth with an Android app, where you can customize settings, touch commands, and app notifications.

The earbud is rated for IPX2 water protection and “all-day battery life,” and is available in black.

The Xperia Ear will roll out this summer.

In-car Commander

RM-X7BT Lifestyle

The Sony RM-X7BT is an in-car Bluetooth “commander” that allows for wireless music streaming and accessing smartphone functions. Alongside the “commander” for facilitating smartphone functionality, there’s an “adaptor” module for audio streaming and calls.

The RM-X7BT will roll out this summer.

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