All You Need To Know About The New Sony Xperia 8
Sony just unveiled another device, the Xperia 8. This comes after the company recently launched the Sony Xperia 5 phone.
As it stands, nobody really understands the numbering scheme Sony is using for this line of smartphones as the company unveiled the Xperia 1 as its main flagship for the year, then the Xperia 5 which was a compact take on it. Then it released the Xperia 10, a mid-ranger between the two. And now there’s the latest entry, the Sony Xperia 8.
Until we can figure out the logic behind Sony’s naming scheme, let’s take a look at the major features of the device.
The Xperia 8 features a 6.0-inch FHD+ display, in the same 21:9 aspect ratio present on all Xperia phones this year so far. It is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 630 chipset, just like the Xperia 10. The phone also has a 6.0-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Furthermore, the phone boasts 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.
Supplying the Xperia 8 is an underwhelming 2760 mAh battery. That’s a smaller battery than the 2870 mAh unit on the Xperia 10, which has the same display size. It seems Sony is keen on upholding its reputation for small batteries.
One major positive feature is the water-resistant Xperia 8’s IP65/IP68 rating. It also has NFC, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, and a 3.5mm jack. At the back of the Xperia 8 is a dual-camera system, comprised of a 12 MP (f/1.8) shooter and an 8 MP (f/2.4) ultra-wide angle unit. At the front is an 8 MP selfie camera. It also comes with Android 9 Pie.
The Sony Xperia 8 looks slightly dated design-wise, with a large bezel above the screen, although it does at least have a metal frame and a glass back. Overall, on paper, it sounds like a minor upgrade of the Xperia 10.
It’s set to go on sale in Japan at the end of October for a price of JPY 54,000. That converts to roughly ₦183,000 or $505. Although there’s no news on the handset launching outside Japan, if that changes we’ll let you know.