Sony had a few announcements at MWC 2016 but not all of them are actual products that are set to release.
Sony Xperia X series
Sony introduced a new set of handsets with their new Xperia X series of smartphones. This line will offer a sleek design combined with a solid set of specs when they launch this summer.
The first handset is the Xperia X, it has a 5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 650 processor paired with 3GB of RAM. It will come with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage but it will also come with a microSD card slot for up to 200GB more.
In terms of camera, it has a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera and can shoot 1080p video. The front-facing camera is 13-megapixels. You’ll also find a fingerprint sensor and it runs Android 6.0.1.
The battery on the is 2600mAh (Sony is promising about two days of battery life between charges) and the Xperia X will come in a few colours, White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold.
The second handset is the Xperia X Performance. It has a 5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB of RAM. It also has 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for up 200GB more.
For the camera on the Xperia X Performance, you’ll find a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera, which is capable of taking 4K video and a 13-megapixel front-facing camera.
The battery on the Xperia X Performance is 2,700 mAh and it also runs Android 6.0 and has a fingerprint sensor just like on the Xperia X. For colours, it will come in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold.
The third handset is the Xperia XA, it has an octa-core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM, a 2,300 mAh battery, a 5-inch 720p display and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
It is also running Android 6.0.1 just like the other two announced Xperia handsets.
It will also have 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot and the Xperia XA will come in the same colour options as the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance.
Xperia smart products
Besides the new Xperia handsets, Sony also introduced four new connect gadgets under the Xperia name. However, three of them are concepts and only one of them is actually coming to market.
Those products are the Xperia Eye, Projector, Agent and Ear.
The Xperia Ear is the only one that is expected to launch this summer with the new Xperia handsets. The Xperia Ear is a voice-controlled ear-pierce that can provide you with useful information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news.
It’s like having a voice assistant like Google Now or Siri or Amazon’s Alexa but just in your ear. You can make calls, perform Google searches, send messages or even ask for directions.
The device connects to your Android smartphone via NFC or Bluetooth where you’ll have the Xperia Ear app installed and you can customize setting of the device.
The Xperia Ear has IPX2 water-protection and all-day battery life and will come in Graphite Black and the case that the device comes in, also doubles as the charger.
Now onto the concepts, the first is the Xperia Eye. It is designed to be a ultra compact, wearable wide-angle lens camera that can be easily attached to your clothing.
The point of the Xperia Eye is to allow you to enjoy life’s moments without technology getting in the way.
The next concept is the Xperia Projector, it lets users project and interacts with images on a flat surface like a wall or table. Think of this as almost like a smart board for your home.
The last concept is the Xperia Agent. It is a robot that will greet you when they walk in the door. Think of it almost like Sony’s answer to the Amazon Echo.
Sony also introduced the RM-X7BT which is a in-car bluetooth commander that can enable wireless music streaming . It also uses Sony’s voice technology to activate certain smartphone functions while you are driving.
The RM-X7BT is made up of two units, the adaptor that enables the wireless audio streaming and hands-free calls and the other unit is the commander that executes the smartphone functions such as navigation while driving.
The RM-X7BT will also be available this summer.