SONY India in an event in Delhi officially launched the Xperia XZs smartphone priced at ~₹49,990. The smartphone will be available on flipkart and from offline retail channel from 11th of April. The dual-SIM variant has been launched in India in three colours, Black, Warm Silver and Ice Blue. SONY is also offering pre-booking offer on the device in the form of a SONY XB-10 wireless speaker worth ~₹4,990.

Update: Erroneously the price was earlier reported to be ₹46,990 it has now been updated to ₹49,990.

The XZs is the first of SONY’s wave of devices carrying the new Motion Eye Camera sensor technology. This new retooled camera allows the smartphone to capture slow motion video at HD resolution, 960fps @1280 x720 pixels to be precise. The smartphone is a slight update to last years flagship the Xperia XZ. It features the same 5.2-inch full HD (1080 x1920) Triluminos display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The device bumps up the RAM to 4 GB and comes in two storage variants of 32 GB or 64 GB further expandable via microSD (up-to 256 GB).

SONY Xperia XZs
SONY Xperia XZs

What is the difference? MOTION EYE

Though as mentioned earlier, the biggest differentiator is the 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera at the back. Packing a 1/2.30-inch Exmor RS memory stacked sensor with a Mobile BIONZ image sensor with support for predictive hybrid auto-focus. All of this allows the camera to capture super slow motion video up-to 960fps depending on the resolution. The selfie camera up-front is a 13-megapixel sensor with a 22mm wide-angle lens. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture and feature SONY’s trademark SteadyShot 5 intelligent optical stabilisation technology.

The display of the device is clad in an unspecified version of Corning’s Gorilla Glass and also features an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. Finally to power all the hardware packed inside, SONY has provided a 2900mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard and is built integrating Qnovo’s adaptive charging technology. For recharging the battery and interfacing with computers, the SONY XZs features a USB Type-C connector.

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