The Xperia 8 Lite has the same body and key specs of the Xperia 10 but sets itself apart with a different rear camera configuration.
Sony has quietly announced the Xperia 8 Lite. Launched in the Japanese market, the company’s latest is a mid-range smartphone that bears resemblance with the Xperia 10, which was launched in February 2019. The only difference it offers can be found in its rear camera offerings.
But more on that later.
6-inch LCD panel with the signature 21:9 ratio; dual rear cameras
The Sony Xperia 8 Lite is built around a 6-inch LCD panel with a Full HD+ resolution and an extra tall 21:9 aspect ratio; the latter is reminiscent of Sony’s previous releases. There is no display notch whatsoever on the front panel, just a forehead that hides some proximity and ambient light sensors, plus the front-facing shooter, of course.
Around its back, the Xperia 8 Lite features a slightly-bumped camera module. This houses a 12-megapixel primary camera and an unknown 8MP secondary lens. Now, while the accompanying sensor doesn’t have a configuration yet, the phone’s promotional materials revealed that the device should take impressive photos that highlight the subject. This is an indication that it could be used for depth sensing.
Sony also claimed that the device has an optical zoom. For now, however, we can only wait for the smartphone to be tested if this rings true.
Meanwhile, the Xperia 8 Lite has an 8MP selfie shooter tucked inside the handset’s thick top bezel. In comparison, the Xperia 10’s rear primary camera sports a 13MP sensor, right with a 5MP auxiliary lens. The phone from last year also has an 8MP front-facing shooter.
Same old, same old
The Xperia 8 Lite’s internals are essentially the same as the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. As such, the phone is powered on a three-year-old Snapdragon 630 chipset from Qualcomm and is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The Xperia 8 Lite is also listed with a 2,870mAh battery capacity, which charges over USB Type-C. Sony didn’t reveal whether the phone has support for fast charging.
Another peculiar feature of the Xperia 8 Lite can be gleaned from its software offerings. The phone runs on a slightly dated Android 9.0 Pie.
In Japan, the Sony Xperia 8 Lite is priced at JPY 29,800 or about USD 280. It retails in two color variants – White and Black. Sony is set to ship the device on September 1.
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