Sony Mobile Communications has announced a new addition to the revamped Xperia X series with the selfie-oriented Xperia XA Ultra.
The Xperia XA Ultra features a large 6” screen, 16MP front camera, low-light sensor, up to two days battery life and thin design with a borderless screen makes it a powerful mid-range smartphone.
Boasting an advanced selfie cam, it captures quality images by day or night. This is made possible by its 16MP front camera and Sony’s renowned low-light sensors. The Sony camera technology used in the Xperia XA Ultra helps achieve sharp, bright, blur-free shots and features a smart selfie flash to naturally illuminate a face for night scene selfies.
It benefits additionally from the Optical Image Stabilisation system to counter hand shake for both photos and videos. Taking a selfie is made even easier with the Hand Shutter feature. All it takes is raising a hand and the shutter timer will start to count down, leaving enough time to strike a pose. Capturing a spontaneous shot is also possible with the fast main camera, featuring 21.5 megapixels, Sony’s exceptional Hybrid Autofocus and quick launch and capture so one can go from standby to capture in a fraction of a second.
The infinity-feel borderless 6-inch Full HD display with curved glass is encased by a metal surround that creates a seamless feel. Despite the large screen, the Xperia XA Ultra’s razor thin design and One-handed Operation Mode means it sits comfortably in one hand.
The Xperia XA Ultra might have a big, bright display, but that doesn’t compromise the Sony battery standard. It still gets up to 2-days of battery life from a single charge. When the need comes for a quick battery top-up, the Xperia XA Ultra coupled to the Quick Charger UCH12 will get 5.5 hours of battery life in just 10 minutes. Additionally, with integrated Qnovo adaptive charging technology the lifetime of the battery is extended so over time one gets much more use out of the device.
This breakthrough model comes on the heels of Sony Mobile Communications’ announcement of the appointment of Jason Smith as its new Vice-President for the Middle East and Africa. Smith has been part of the Sony Corporation for the past 16 years, spearheading different markets in Asia and South Africa.
The new Vice-President’s focus will be to develop further the partnerships with operators and distribution partners throughout the region, while continuing to strengthen Sony Mobile Communications’ business in the Middle East and Africa markets.
CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!
Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER
From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.
Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:
LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home
LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine, debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules, a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation.
Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.
The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft
Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now:
- Hoppy American IPA
- Golden American Pale Ale
- Full-bodied English Stout
- Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
- Dry Czech Pilsner
The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.
“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”
Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.
CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary
At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.
Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.
Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.
“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”
Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops