MWC 2018 day one updates: Sony Mobile launches Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact with 960fps slow-mo at FHD resolution

With action-packed launches from Samsung, Huawei and Nokia on day zero, it's now time for Sony to take the stage, with Asus stealing the limelight at the end of the day at the MWC 2018.

It's day one at the Mobile World Congress and after a long day zero filled with action-packed launches from Samsung, Huawei and Nokia, it's now time for Sony to take the stage, with Asus stealing the limelight at the end of the day.

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Reuters

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Reuters

Sony is expected to launch three new smartphones at the MWC today. Two of which are expected to be the Sony Xperia XZ2 flagship and the Xperia XZ2 Compact which is a smaller version of the flagship.

While Sony's mysterious teasers don't reveal much, Sony did promise a brand new design philosophy that should hopefully get rid of those thick bezels. As for Asus, the company has sent out invited for what is expected to be a dual camera smartphone, expected to be launched at the MWC 2018.

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  • 19:07 (IST)

    Gadgetwala manages a closer look at the svelte Nokia 8 Sirocco and its camera module

  • 19:04 (IST)

    Are you excited for the banana phone?

  • 18:55 (IST)

    Lenovo unveils the Yoga 530 and Yoga 730 with support for Amazon Alexa

    The new Yoga laptops were unveiled at MWC and are cheaper 2-in-1 devices in the sub-$900 range. The larger, 15-inch Yoga 730 even comes with a discrete GPU. 

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  • 18:38 (IST)

    Sony's XZ series has been in a decline these last few years. Will the new phones turn things around?

  • 18:33 (IST)

    The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are now available for pre-booking in India.

    The devices can be pre-booked with a deposit of Rs 2,000. The final prices have not yet been revealed, however, and are likely to be confirmed in early March. More details at: http://bit.ly/2F6FJ8p

  • 14:37 (IST)

    Vivo APEX concept smartphone featuring 98% screen to body ratio, retractable selfie camera, shown at MWC 2018

    Chinese smartphone maker Vivo on Monday introduced a "FullView" concept smartphone named APEX that has the world's highest screen-to-body ratio and half-screen in-display fingerprint scanning technology at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC) here.

    Vivo APEX features top and side bezels of 1.8-mm — the thinnest in the industry and a 4.3-mm bottom bezel and a screen-to-body ratio exceeding 98 percent.

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  • 14:20 (IST)

    Airtel to be part of the Seamless Alliance, a consortium working towards in-flight high-speed data connectivity

    India's largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel today said it has joined a new global collaboration to bring high-speed and uninterrupted in-flight data connectivity to mobile customers.

    The global partnership Seamless Alliance, whose other founding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint, will work towards leveraging satellite technology to offer high-speed data connectivity to mobile users even when they are up in the air, an Airtel statement said.

    "Airtel has joined the Seamless Alliance which will usher in a new era of open innovation for mobile operators and airlines by empowering mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins," the statement added.

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  • 13:32 (IST)

    Stay tuned for more updates from the ongoing MWC 2018.

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available globally from March 2018 both will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo.

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    Sony showcases a dual camera system for with a 51,200 ISO for video recording.

    Obviously this is will arrive in future smartphones.

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    Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, wireless charging and more

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    Also on the new XZ models come the 960 fps system with Full HD recording !!!

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    Advanced Motion Eye camera system deliver 4K HDR recording

    Both the Xperia XZ models come with the world's first 4K HDR movie recording system.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    Sony is one of the few companies that offers products that start at the camera lens to the displays they are viewed on.

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    Sony reminds us about the advantages of HDR over standard displays on smartphones.

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    Sony's uses a new Dynamic Vibration System which turns an audio signal into a vibration

    The DVS works with both audio and video content shoud make gaming immersive.

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact to pack in HDR displays

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    Say Hello the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium and the Xperia XZ2 Compact!

  • 13:12 (IST)

    Ok its two new devices to the Xperia family not three

  • 13:11 (IST)

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    X50 5G broadband modem for smaller 5G devices.

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    New Sony products two will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

  • 13:08 (IST)

    Cristiano Amon president of Qualcomm takes to the stage.

    He was here in 2017 as well boasting about Gigabit speeds on the Xperia XZ flagship.

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    Sony Mobile is working with Ericsson to enable 5G products

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    5G is an enabler that will take entertainment and content to a whole new level.

  • 13:05 (IST)

    Moving to 5G networks

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Xperia Ear Duo announced with dual listening

    4 hours on the go listening

    will come in two colours

    Shipments start next month

    pre-orders start today on Amazon in the US.

  • 13:03 (IST)

    It's all about Sony's spirit of "Kando" seeking to create powerful emotional connection with its products.

    Gesture

    Voice Control 

    Touch

    Artificial Intelligence

  • 13:02 (IST)

    Hideyuki Furumi EVP, Global Sales & Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.takes to the stage.

  • 12:45 (IST)

    Also expected are some rather wierd-looking Bluetooth headphones

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Wireless charging and taller displays. Looks like Sony has come prepared!

  • 12:42 (IST)

    Here's what the Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact look like.

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Twitter tipster EV leaks recently revealed a leaked image of the Sony Xperia XZ2.





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