One of Sony Mobile‘s biggest criticisms is of their apparent lack of desire to redesign their handsets — recycling the same old look over and over again. Well, it’s that and the fact that, up until recently, Sony’s handsets have been awful value for money.
For 2018, it looks like Sony could be fixing at least one of those problems.
If you’ve been wanting to pick up Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, the device is now available in a very lively red, with the new colour variant aptly named “Rosso”.
UPDATE: The Xperia XZ1 Compact is now available in Malaysia.
If you’re looking for an Android flagship that’s compact to hold, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is probably the best bet right now. Announced at IFA 2017, the Xperia XZ1 is the smallest Snapdragon 835 powered smartphone and it runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
I don’t think you need me to tell you that Sony’s smartphones, as of late, are not what you’d call….value for money. In fact, I may have strongly suggested in the past that a lot of their devices are grossly overpriced for the features they offer. So, with every new Sony flagship smartphone, I always have my fingers crossed that they will finally come to their senses.
Well, it’s that time of the year again and we’ve got Sony’s second big flagship smartphone launch in Malaysia. This time, the company has pushed out a phone that looks nearly identical to its predecessor, is priced roughly the same, but has a brand new “first in the world” camera feature.
At this point, you might be wondering “now where have I heard this before?” and you wouldn’t be the only one. But this time, I think things aren’t that simple.
Sony appears to be releasing yet another Xperia flagship during IFA 2017. After introducing the Xperia XZs earlier this year, Sony will announce a new successor that’s expected to be called the Xperia XZ1.
If you’re hoping that Sony will do something drastic when it comes to design, get ready for some disappointment.
Almost everyone is having a price cut and Sony Mobile is no exception. The Sony Xperia XZ and XZs flagships are now more affordable with price reductions as much as RM500 off.
The flagship smartphone gave every Sony Mobile fan a shiver of excitement has finally landed on our shores and it only took them a couple of months. On paper, it has all the flagship-level specifications one would need to compete with the very best, which is a good thing.
But, is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium really worth RM100 more than what is arguably the best Android smartphone in the market right now? Well, I try to find out.
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When Sony introduced its new Xperia X series last year, we thought Sony had completely gone bonkers. It replaced its high-end Xperia Z line with products that are severely overpriced for what it was offering.
The Xperia X, for example, was doomed from the start. It’s a mid-range smartphone that went on sale for RM2,499 in Malaysia. It had a Snapdragon 650 processor, a 23MP camera that doesn’t shoot in 4K and it isn’t even water resistant. Nobody is going to pay flagship price for that. The RM1,999 Xperia X Compact didn’t fare much better either.
During its investor relations event, Sony appears to have learnt their lesson and they are abandoning this whole “premium standard” category altogether.
Sony’s premium flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium is finally coming to Malaysia. Succeeding the Xperia Z5 Premium, this is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 4K HDR display and it’s capable of shooting slow-mo videos at 960fps.
Every once in awhile, a phone or gadget or device will come along that will completely rewrite the rulebook. You probably remember a lot of them from the game-changing likes of Apple’s original iPhone to the big revolution of Samsung’s first Galaxy Note.
The Sony Xperia XZs, though, isn’t one of them.