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Sony Japan is getting a new budget smartphone — the Xperia 8 Lite.

The Sony Xperia 8 Lite keeps the same design and key specs of the Xperia 10 from February of last year. The only main difference here is the cameras, as it now has a brighter 12-megapixel f/1.8 main shooter (from 13MP f/2.0) and a sharper 8-megapixel (from 5MP ultra-wide) secondary camera. The use of the secondary camera is unclear, but it seems to be a special depth sensor.

Under the hood, it’s still powered by an aging Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, built from a 14nm process. The memory was upgraded to 4GB from 3GB, but it still has 64GB of expandable storage and a 2,870mAh battery that charges by USB Type-C.

What’s more disappointing is, it still ships with Android 9 Pie installed. Whether or not it will be updated to Android 10 or the upcoming Android 11 is still uncertain.

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On the front, there’s Sony’s signature 21:9 tall aspect ratio screen. It’s has a compact 6-inch size with a FHD+ pixel resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. There’s a thick bezel on top of it for the 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Sony Xperia 8 Lite

  • Android 9 Pie
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby
  • 6.0-inch IPS LCD display, 1080 x 2520 pixel resolution ~457ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 octa-processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • Andreno 508
  • 64GB internal storage, expandable via MicroSD up to 512 GB
  • 8-megapixel (wide) LED flash
  • 12-megapixel (f/1.8) + 8-megapixel dual rear cameras, SteadyShot, LED flash
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • NFC
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 156 x 68 x 8.4mm
  • Weight: 162g
  • Colors: Black, White
  • 2,870mAh non-removable battery, 18W quick charging

The Sony Xperia 8 Lite has a price of JPY29,800 (around Php13,700) and is available in Japan’s MVNO Nuro Mobile. Pre-order is now available and will ship on September 1.



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