Sony Has Unveiled Its New Experia Xa2 At Ces In Las Vegas
The house cinema phone
So many eyes are usually glued to the screens of smartphones. Somehow, despite TVs getting significantly bigger – see Samsung's The Wall – consumers have grown used to watching movies on the phone's small screen. Sure you can plug in or cast your display to a TV, but who could possibly be bothered sorting that out?
The Moviphone is being trialled at CES this season and features a unique feature. Included in the phone – meaning it is not a peripheral – is really a 720p HD projector. On the go and want to view a film with big screen frills? The Pico projector can display a film around 100 inches in size.
The device also comes packed with a 16-megapixel camera, Android 7.0 Nougat and a fingerprint scanner. Don't worry an excessive amount of about this stuff though, the main reason to buy this phone is the projector. It will set you back $599 (£440 in the UK, but it is rarely a direct conversion).
Considering over fifty percent of most video viewing now happens on mobile devices, it's probably accurate to state that smartphones have become many people's go-to entertainment device. But you can find certainly instances when watching an extended video or tv series on a pocket-sized screen isn't ideal.
That's where Movi comes in: It's an Android smartphone with an integral pico projector that may project 720p images around 200 inches in dimensions diagonally. It's available now for $599 and is unlocked, so it will use any carrier.
The concept isn't entirely new — companies like Motorola sell smartphones that may connect with projector accessories, but those are often expensive. The Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod, which is made to fit on certain phones in Motorola's Moto Z line, costs $300. Whenever you add that to the price of the phone, which can range between $400 and $720 with respect to the model, you can end up paying between $700 and around $1,000. From that perspective, the Movi seems like a bargain.
The selfie phone
Sony has unveiled its new Experia XA2 at CES in Las Vegas Sony
Sony has been struggling to match Apple and Samsung on the phone front. Now, it is wanting an alternative tact to attract new customers. The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra debuted on 8 January boasting a front-facing camera that may shoot 120-degree photos.
Long story short, Sony is branding XA2 Ultra as the most effective camera for selfie photos. Remember those times you'd to extend just to get your friend's face in the photo? Gone. The device will have one 8-megapixel camera and one 16-megapixel camera, both on the front. A corner camera will soon be 23 megapixels.
The Ultra comes with a 6-inch display, almost a standard now of high-end phones, and the XA2 will house a smaller 5.2-inch screen. A fingerprint scanner, 3300 mAh battery and gorilla glass round out a fairly stellar phone from Sony. It comes in blue, black, silver and pink.
The nostalgia phone
The PDA, another casualty of phones in the mid 2000s. Old, clunky, usually with a cheap plastic stylus. Despite nobody really asking for one, it appears we've a fresh and improved version for 2018.
Planet Computers has been showing off the Gemini phone, a clamshell flip phone with a complete QWERTY keyboard on one half for typing. It's not by any means weak either, the phone packs a 10-core processor, 4G and 64GB of storage.
It will run using Android 7.1 and includes two USB-C ports. It is available for pre-order on Indiegogo for £440.
One strange thing to mention though, apart from the front-facing 5-megapixel camera for video calls, the phone does not have a dedicated camera on the back.
The device many people are waiting to see
A Vivo device could be the first smartphone with Clear ID Synaptics
After Apple killed the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone X, many wondered if that will be the end of making use of your digits for security. But as as it happens, the technology does exist to place a fingerprint scanner underneath the screen itself.
It absolutely was confirmed in December that Vivo would be unveiling a smartphone at CES with the technology. By the end of day two, nothing has been announced.
Watch on Vivo, many people are eagerly awaiting "Clear ID ".