Sony unveiled its latest flagship smartphone - the Xperia XZ - Thursday as it looks to build on momentum in its mobile business, amid a continued turnaround at the electronics giant.
The Japanese firm, which is enjoying a turnround in its fortunes, showed off two smartphones - the 5.2 inch Xperia XZ and the 4.6 inch Xperia X Compact - at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin on Thursday
Key features of the devices include:
- A bolstered camera with three sensors, one of which is a laser capable of measuring distances in low light conditions allowing a quick focus
- Video stabilization to get rid of jerky motion when shooting moving images
- A 13 megapixel front "selfie" camera with a larger sensor than Sony's previous flagship Xperia Z5, to take pictures in low light environments
- Smart battery technology to help stop the cells wearing out. For example, the phone can learn your sleeping habits, so that if you are charging the phone overnight, the battery will charge to 90 percent, stop, and then the remaining 10 percent will charge just before you wake up. This stops the battery over charging.
- Water resistance - but not for the compact version.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai has been on a drive to make those parts of his business that were bleeding cash, such as the smartphone division, more efficient while boosting money-makers such as gaming with the PlayStation consoles. So far there have been successes: The mobile communications division swung to an operating profit of 400 million yen ($3.8 million) in the three months to June 30 after a 22.9 billion yen loss in the same period last year.