While Sony seemed timid the last year, now it’s ready to roar again. It poured all its tech prowess into the making of the Xperia XZ Premium, which marks a number of world firsts. The XZs is a mid-season upgrade of the former top dog, borrowing the Motion Eye camera from the Premium. Then there are the super mid-rangers – the XA1 impresses with its flagship camera, the XA1 Ultra with its selfie cam.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium marks Sony’s return to 4K mobile screens, but added HDR support to the 5.5″ panel and increased brightness by 40% over the Z5 Premium. Another first is the Motion Eye camera – it can record 960fps slow-mo videos, 4x the frame rate of the current best phones.
The impatient can jump on the Sony Xperia XZs, coming out in early April. This model builds the original XZ with the same Motion Eye camera as the Premium, otherwise it’s the same phone. Which is very competitive to this day – a 5.2″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 820, waterproof body.
The XA1 pair has two things in common – a lack of side bezels and a presence of awesome cameras. The main camera on the Sony Xperia XA1 has a 23MP 1/2.3″ sensor with an f/2.0 lens Hybrid AF and Steady Shot. You’d be forgiven to think we accidentally mixed up some Xperia X flagship specs, but no – the XA1 cam is that good. The one thing that keeps it from outshining its more expensive siblings is the lack of 4K recording.
The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra has the same main camera, but you won’t stop smiling for the selfie camera (pun intended). A surprisingly-capable 16MP 1/2.6″ sensor with optical image stabilization and dedicated flash.