Sony’s New Xperia XZs Mid-Ranger Arrives in India on April 4

Sony is preparing to out a new phone on the Indian market. The Japanese company has been sending out invites for an event scheduled for April 4th in India, during which it will unveil the new Xperia XZs mid-ranger. The Sony Xperia XZs was launched at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, as a successor of last year’s Xperia XZ. But interestingly enough, the device retains most of the specs of its predecessor.

The new Sony Xperia XZs will arrive in India with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution and 424ppi, exactly like the previous generation Xperia XZ. The two phones are identical processor-wise too, as both take advantage of last year’s Snapdragon 820 chipset. At MWC, Sony said the Xperia XZs will be made available in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD card slot), but it remains to be seen whether both versions will land on the Indian market or not. Comparatively, the Xperia XZ only bundled 3GB of RAM but took advantage of similar storage options.

The Xperia XZs comes equipped with Sony’s new 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera which is built around a 1/2.3” Exmor RS memory stacked sensor that brings to the table features such as 960 fps slow motion video shooting, 4K video recording, Predictive Capture, Anti-distortion shutter, Triple image sensing technology and 5-axis image stabilization for shake-free videos. The Xperia XZs will also appeal to selfie enthusiasts since it bundles an advanced 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a dedicated camera shutter button, 22mm wide-angle and f/2.0 lens. As for the Sony Xperia XZ, it relied on a 23-megapixel sensor with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash and the same 13-megapixel selfie shooter.

Going back to the new Xperia XZs, the device has an IP65/68 rating for dust and water resistance (IP68 denotes the product is protected from contact with harmful dust and can survive being submerged in water, while IP65 means it’s also good at handling spraying water), fingerprint scanner and a 2,900 mAh battery (the same as the one inside the Xperia XZ). But unlike its predecessor which launched with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, the new Xperia XZs will ship out with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard. Sony announced the new handset will become available in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black, but it’s currently unknown whether all three colors are going to become available in India. Pricing specifications are yet to be unveiled as well.

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