Sony Unveils Rumbling Flagship Phone

Sony Unveils Rumbling Flagship Phone
The Xperia XZ2 uses PlayStation handset technology to provide tactile feedback during movies and games.

(CCM) — Sony's new flagship smartphone vibrates during explosions and heavy impacts in video games and movie scenes, the company has announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The Xperia XZ2 incorporates the same "rumble" technology which provides tactile feedback to players using its PlayStation controllers, according to a BBC report, but this is the first time the technology has been used in a smartphone.

The new handset also boasts the capability of recording "super-slow-mo" video clips at a resolution of 1080p, thanks to a customized version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip which incorporates image signal processing technology, according to the report. This is twice the slo-mo resolution of Sony's previous flagship smartphone and of the new Samsung phones unveiled on Sunday.

The XZ2's camera can record videos at 4K resolution in high dynamic range (HDR) format for more vibrant colors when displayed on an HDR screen. It can also record in 10-bit color, making it easier for users to adjust the colors without causing visual artifacts.

Sony has moved to quash speculation that it may be looking to withdraw from the mobile phone market. "As long as Sony remains committed to the electronics business, mobile will be of strategic significance due to its R&D prospects for delivering numerous cutting-edge technologies such as 5G networks, the internet-of-things and 3D-sensing," Hideyuki Furumi, Sony's marketing chief, said in the BBC report.

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