Sony’s home country of Japan is getting a new smartphone called Xperia 8 Lite – it has the exact same body and major specs as the Xperia 10, launched in February 2019, with the main difference being the main camera setup.
The Xperia 8 Lite comes with a Snapdragon 630 chipset – a 14 nm process platform that was unveiled over three years ago. The screen remains a 6” LCD panel with Full HD+ resolution and ultra-tall 21:9 ratio. The footprint is exactly the same as well, down to the pill-shaped dual camera on the back.
Speaking about the camera, this is the only difference we spotted while comparing specs sheets. Sony has implemented a 12 MP f/1.8 main shooter + 8 MP f/2.4 secondary snapper. For comparison, the Xperia 10 had a 13 MP f/2.0 + 5 MP f/2.4 depth sensor.
Now, Sony does not reveal what is the main purpose of the secondary cam. The promo materials say the Xperia 8 Lite will take brilliant photos that highlight the subject, meaning the 8 MP cam could be a sophisticated depth sensor. The company also claims the phone has 2x optical zoom, but we’ll give this translation the benefit of doubt.
The front-facing camera, tucked in the fat top bezel is 8 MP f/2.0, and the device also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack on top and a USB-C port on the bottom for charging the 2,870 mAh battery. Sony does not say anything about the OS, but thanks to the official listing we spotted the Xperia 8 Lite will ship with Android Pie – yes, the almost two-year-old OS version.
The phone is priced at JPY29,800, or about $280/€235. It comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 gigs of storage, two color options (White and Black), and some cashback options from the Sony-owned MVNO Nuro Mobile. Reservations are now open, and shipments are scheduled for Tuesday, September 1.