Sony Xperia 8 Lite with Snapdragon 630 SoC, 6-inch Full HD+ Display Launched; Sales begin September 1

This is the new Sony Xperia 8 Lite, a 4G smartphone all set to be launched in Japan

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Sony Xperia 8 Lite

Sony might no longer be the counted among the largest players in the smartphone segment, but their Xperia lineup of products continues to remain interesting as ever. Even as the company struggles to maintain what is left of its meager market share, Sony continues to launch new products in select markets. Take the example of Japan – Sony’s home market, where the company has just announced the launch of a new mid-range smartphone. The new device is called the  Sony Xperia 8 Lite, and Sony touts it as a mid-range smartphone for Japanese consumers. Let’s take a closer look. Note that the spec sheet of this handset is near-identical to the original Xperia 8 save for the ‘DSEE HX’ feature.

Sony Xperia 8 Lite specifications, features

The Sony Xperia 8 Lite features a 6-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 2520 x 1080 pixels in the 21:9 aspect ratio. The Triluminous LCD panel also gets Gorilla Glass 6 for scratch resistance. The phone comes powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset that houses an octa-core CPU clocked at up to 2.2 GHz and the Adreno 508 GPU for graphics. The device ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is a microSD card slot for additional storage.  The camera setup on the phone includes dual rear cameras and a single 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. The primary rear camera uses a 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens, while the secondary 8MP camera uses a telephoto lens with 2X zoom and f/2.4 aperture.

The Xperia 8 Lite also gets a 2870mAh battery with support for fast charging. Connectivity options include  WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v5.0 and 4G LTE networks. The handset does not appear to support any 5G network. Another interesting facet about the phone is that it happens to be IPX8 and IP6X certified for water and dust resistance. The device boasts of a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well. The Sony Xperia 8 Lite comes in black as well as white color options. As expected, the phone runs a customized version of Android 10 at launch.

Sony Xperia 8 Poster

Sony Xperia 8 Lite price

As of now, the Xperia 8 Lite seems to be headed exclusively for the Japanese market and will be sold via a local MVNO operator. It goes on sale starting September 1 for a price of 29,800 Yen – which translates to roughly INR 20,000 or USD 280.

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Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.