Sony Mobile Malaysia

Sony’s latest Xperia smartphone with dual-selfie cameras has arrived in Malaysia

Fresh from CES 2018, Sony Mobile Malaysia has introduced its new Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. These are their latest mid-range smartphones that are designed to take on the selfie-centric market that’s heavily dominated by the likes of OPPO, vivo and Huawei. Unlike its previous XA and XA1 smartphones, the new Xperia XA2 series is now powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra with a 6″ display passes SIRIM certification

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Sony is expected to launch its new smartphones at the upcoming MWC 2018 in Barcelona. Ahead of its big reveal, one of its new devices has just appeared on our Malaysian SIRIM database. The is the Xperia XA2 Ultra phablet and it replaces its current 6.0″ Xperia XA1 Ultra.

If you don’t like MediaTek processors, you’ll be happy to know that the next XA device will be getting a different chip.

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Xperia XZ1: Has Sony finally made a good-value flagship smartphone?

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.

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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,200

UPDATE: We’ve updated the guide! Now there are four brand new smartphones for you to choose from.

It’s that time of the year again. Although a whole host of new smartphones have been launched, a lot of the conversation is about the smartphones at the top end of the market. “What about those on a tight budget?”, you must be wondering, “Do tech sites even care about those of us who can’t spend a month’s salary on a device?”, you’re probably thinking.

Well, we care. So, here are some of the best phones you can get for under RM1,200.

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Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia M2 Malaysia pricing revealed

Xperia M2 shown here

In a recent announcement, Sony has a five device lineup coming to Malaysia in April but has not revealed any pricing information. However we’ve managed to obtain the almost confirmed pricing of the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Xperia M2.

Xperia M2

The Xperia M2 is Sony’s mid-tier contender. It features a 4.8-inch qHD (960×540) display, a Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor that’s clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of on-board storage ad support for microSD. On the front is a basic VGA camera and over at the back is a 8MP camera that shoots 1080p full HD video. Like the high-end Xperia Z2, the Xperia M2 also comes with some interesting camera features like Timeshift Burst and Social Live.

Additional features include NFC and 4G LTE connectivity as standard as is the 2,300mAh non-removable battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but the M2 is not water- or dust-resistant. If the information we’ve gathered is correct the M2 is expected to retail for under RM1,000.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our Xperia M2 hands-on here.

Xperia Z1 Compact

Announced at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 Compact is Sony’s answer to those who want a powerful smartphone in a smallish form-factor. The Xperia Z1 gets the same speedy and battery frugal 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage as well as the 20.7MP f/2.0 G Lens rear camera with BIONZ and Exmor RS first seen in the Xperia Z1.

There’s also LTE, NFC and a sizable 2,300mAh battery all packaged in a robust IP58-rated waterproofing that’s only 1mm thicker than the 5-inch Z1. The Triluminos display now has IPS (thankfully addressing the very narrow viewing angles plaguing displays on Sony devices) but its a 720p unit instead of the full HD 1080p screen on the Z1. The Z1 Compact gets new colour options as well including a bubblegum pink version just for the ladies. The information made available to us say that the Xperia Z1 compact will retail for RM1,800

Our hands-on of the Xperia Z1 Compact coming soon.