Sony released the new Z5 later on in the year last year, so it is no surprise they haven’t announced a new flagship yet this year at the Mobile World Conference. Instead they have announced a new line of Xperia X smartphones, the Xperia X and Xperia XA.
The new Xperia X models are heavily camera focused, Sony have put their engineers behind their Alpha mirrorless cameras. Apparently the new phones will focus rapidly and accurately by predicting subject motion to eliminate any blur.
The lower-end of the two devices is the Xperia XA, which has a 5-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera and a 64-bit MediaTek MT6755 processor.
The Xperia X model features a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 CPU and expandable SD storage. It packs Sony's 1/2.3-inch, 23-megapixel Exmor sensor and also uses the Prediction Hybrid.
Sony have eliminated most of the screen bezel for the phones, reducing its size and giving a more aesthetic appearance. Sony also claim the phones should manage 2 days without a charge thanks to their new battery management tricks.
No word on pricing or availability just yet.