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Sony surprises the world with the Sony Xperia 8 mid-ranger

Sony quietly took to unveil its new mid-ranger, the Sony Xperia 8 today. The handset borrows a lot from the Xperia 10’s design but it does come with some improvements, such as the waterproof and dustproof body. This was one of the biggest downsides of the previously launched Xperia 10, so the change is more than welcome. According to the company, the new handset features a 6-inches, full HD+ display with a 21:9 ratio that is perfect for a great video experience. The frame of the handset is made of metal and resin, and “finished with a bright and solid color that brings out the texture of the material to create a high-class casing”. Both the front and the back panels are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Under the hood of the Sony Xperia 8, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB built-in memory. On the front of the device, users will find an 8MP selfie camera, while on the back there is a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 12MP and an 8MP sensor. The 2,760mAh battery is not exactly impressive, but it should be able to take the user through the day under normal conditions. The handset’s other features include NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Overall, the Sony Xperia 8 is far from being an impressive smartphone. This is why it is quite surprising that Sony is planning on selling the device for 54,000 Yen, which roughly translates into $505 when it launches later in October. This is, indeed a lower price than the one of flagship devices, but it is a lot higher than the price of other mid-range smartphones that have to offer at least as much as the Sony Xperia 8 does. The Xperia 8 will be the first Sony mobile Android smartphone for Y!mobile and it will become available in four color variants: white, black, orange, and a pale blue.

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