Sony's dropped a couple of the hottest new phones around at MWC 2017 in Barcelona and they're now available from Vodafone UK. Here's what makes them great...

It’s been a busy weekend in the mobile space: the world’s biggest mobile makers have descended upon Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – one of the year’s biggest annual trade shows – to unveil their latest devices. Sony’s taken the opportunity to lift the lid on a couple of brand new phones, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and XA1 – both of which are now available from Vodafone UK – but what makes them tick? Here’s everything you need to know before you order yours

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Specs at a glance:

• 5.5-inch display
• 4K resolution
• Latest Qualcomm 835 processor
• 19-Megapixel rear camera
• 13-Megapixel selfie camera
• Sony ‘Motion Eye’ camera system
• Android 7.0

First look

With a stunning new camera system, a big, beautiful design and a 5.5-inch 4K capable display, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is Sony showing its prowess in multiple fields all at once.

The whole package runs on Android 7.0 and is powered by the grunt of the very latest Qualcomm processor – the super powerful 835 chipset. That’s backed up by a beefy 3,230mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0, for refueling in a flash.

Cameras

Before we dive into the core specs of the XZ Premium, let’s look at the real star of the show: Sony’s new ‘Motion Eye’ camera setup.

The core building blocks of the Motion Eye camera are a stunning 19-Megapixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture sensor. Snaps taken with this cam will benefit from laser autofocus and a zero-lag shutter, making for blazing fast image capture, while an RGBC Infrared sensor hunts out colours and renders them as naturally as possible.

There’s also some premium image stabilisation courtesy of Sony’s ‘SteadyShoy 5-Axis’ technology, which digitally wrings the shakes and wobbles out of your video footage. You can shoot your footage in up to 4K resolution, as you’d expect, but what really sets Motion Eye apart is its slo-mo chops.

The XZ Premium will be able to shoot for a short while at an incredible 960 frames per second in 720p. That means 0.18 seconds of footage can be stretched out to 6 seconds of really, really, really, slow video – something we’re looking forward to messing about with.

Round the front, the phone sports a 13-Megapixel selfie cam with a wide-angle lens for capturing more than just your pout. All in all? It’s a really strong new camera setup that could very well be best in class, but it’s not the only headline feature.

Display and design

Display-wise, the XZ Premium picks up where the Z5 Premium left off in 2015, by cramming a 4K display into its 5.5-inch frame. For those unsure, that means you get a resolution that’s four times sharper than that of an HD TV.

Around that amazing screen, the Premium is hewn from super sturdy Gorilla Glass 5, twisted into what Sony’s calling a ‘loop surface’. In practice, that makes for a shiny, mirrored and jewel-like phone with seamless, curvy edges.

Sony Xperia XA1

Specs at a glance:

• 5-inch ‘borderless display
• Octa-core processor
• 23-Megapixel rear camera
• 8-Megapixel selfie camera
• Expandable storage
• Android 7.0

First look

The Sony Xperia XA1 is a fantastic-looking all-round powerhouse with great design, superb specs and a camera that’ll help you get the best shots in any condition.

It’s powered by a power-efficient Octa-core MediaTek processor with 3GB of RAM, meaning that the XA1 can handle just about anything you throw at it with ease. It’ll gladly swallow up your media, too; there’s 32GB of on-board storage, but you can up that by as much as 256GB thanks to the phone’s SD card support. A 2300mAh battery, meanwhile, will easily keep you chugging along until bedtime.

Cameras

That borderless display’s flanked at the top by a stellar 8-Megapixel selfie camera, while round the back we’re looking at a hugely capable 23-Megapixel 1/2.3 Exmor RS image sensor, which works in harmony with a hybrid autofocus system to boast a camera launch time of just 0.6 seconds.

Together, that setup means shots that focus quickly, take crisp shots in any lighting conditions, and let your selfies shine.

Display and design

The XA1 is, as you might expect, a successor to 2016’s brilliant Xperia XA, and as such it sports the same head-turning ‘borderless’ 5-inch 720p display – with zero bezels on either side for a properly seamless feel in the hand. Wrap it all together in a sultry black finish, add a dash of Android Nougat, and you’re looking at a seriously tempting 5-inch phone.

So there you go: two great new phones, two unique spec sheets and both now available from Vodafone UK. Order yours today.

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