MWC 2017: Sony impresses with slow motion video and touch
By Chong Jinn Xiung March 2, 2017
- New Motion Eye camera fits slow motion video capture into a smartphone
- Interactive touch projector has Android built-in and projects up to 80-inch in size.
SONY Corporation had an interesting booth at this year’s Mobile World Congress that showcased some fascinating pieces of technology.
At the very front of the booth was its new Motion Eye camera system that is implemented in Sony’s new Xperia XZ Premium. The electronics giant claims this is the world’s first super slow motion video smartphone.
The 19-Megapixel Motion Eye camera provides 960 frames per second slow motion video capture and playback. That is said to be four times slower than other competing smartphones.
Apart from shooting cool slow motion videos, it boasts a gorgeous 4K HDR 5.5in display. It is also built to withstand splashes and spills with a IP68 water and dust resistant body. It is also reinforced with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Sony is taking the handset’s sound capabilities up a notch with High-Resolution Audio for really clear music.
All this is powered by a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The metal body handset will be available in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black globally by late Spring this year. No price was announced.
Xperia’s got the Touch
Shown at last year’s MWC as a concept device, the Xperia Touch is now almost ready for release.
The Touch is basically a projector with Android built-in that turns any flat surface into a touchscreen. This includes have it project on top of a table or onto a wall.
The device is a fully functioning Android device so you can install applications from Google’s PlayStore like you would on a tablet. This enables you to browse the web, play games and make presentations as well as the occasional Skype call.
In addition, the Touch is also capable of PS4 Remote play so you can also link it with your PlayStation 4 in another room and enjoy playing games on your wall.
According to a Sony representative at the booth, the Touch’s bulb is 100 lumens, making it bright enough to be used indoors on a variety of surfaces.
The device uses infrared sensors to detect finger movements and pressure on a surface.
Though it only projects at 720p resolution, the Touch can project all the way up to 80 inches in size, which is larger than most of our TVs at home. The Touch’s touch controls work all the way up to projections that are 23 inches in size, any larger and it will need to be controlled via gesture controls.
Surprisingly the Touch also comes with a built-in battery so you can unplug it and take it along with you. A Sony representative was not able to disclose the capacity of the battery but said it can last for one hour of video playback.
Sony says the Xperia Touch will roll out to Europe sometime this year with a suggested retail price of 1,599 Euros (RM7,500/ SG$2,378/ 22,524,935 Rupiah). There is no word of an Asian release date for the product.
(Chong Jinn Xiung reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the invitation of ZTE Corp . All editorials are independent.)