Sony at IFA 2019 launched the Xperia 5 with 21:9 aspect ratio and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, and now it has announced a new smartphone dubbed as the Xperia 8. The latter looks similar to the Sony Xperia 10 that was launched at MWC 2019 back in February. However, it packs slightly less powerful specs compared to the Xperia 10.
The new Sony Xperia 8 comes with 6.0-inch 1080x2520p full HD+ IPS LCD screen with signature 21:9 aspect ratio. The metal body smartphone has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 at the front and back. The phone bears IPX 5/8 rating for water resistance and IPX 6 rating for dust resistance.
Under the hood, a 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-core SoC powers the device coupled with Adreno 508 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 512GB via microSD card slot.
The Xperia 8 boots Xperia UI running over Android 9 Pie while a 2,760mAh battery supplies fuel to the device. Sony claims the battery won’t deteriorate even after two years of use.
Talking about the camera, the Sony Xperia 8 mounts a dual-camera setup on the rear that includes a 12MP f/1.8 primary sensor equipped with LED flash and EIS support and an 8MP depth sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Upfront, there lies another 8MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
The users can use two apps simultaneously using the split-screen mode on a tall 21:9 display. Also, Side Sense bar on both sides of the screen lets the users access settings as well as used apps seamlessly. The phone is armed with Google Assistant and side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well.
Amongst other things, the Xperia 8 supports 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Sony has launched the Xperia 8 in Japan, which remains the main market for the company even after its sales around the world have dwindled over the past years.
The smartphone is priced at 54,000 Yen (Approx. USD505), which we feel is expensive for the specs it offers. It will go on sale in late October in Black, White, Orange, and Blue color options. As of now, it is not clear whether or not the Xperia 8 will move beyond the shores of Japan.