It has been a while since Sony had released a new Xperia smartphone in Malaysia. In the past year, the Japanese smartphone maker had officially withdrawn from several markets including South East Asia. In a surprising turn of events, it seems like Sony might be making a comeback in our local smartphone scene as their latest Xperia 1 smartphone had just gotten the green light from SIRIM.
The Xperia 1 was approved on 8th August with the model number J9110. It’s a dual-SIM device that supports a variety of LTE bands and it also comes with NFC. The last Sony smartphone to pass through SIRIM was the Xperia XZ2 Premium in July 2018.
To recap, the Xperia 1 is Sony’s current flagship smartphone that was announced during MWC 2019. It gets a rather tall 6.5″ 4K OLED display that has an aspect ratio of 21:9. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 855 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
This is also Sony’s first triple-camera smartphone that has a 12MP f/1.6 main camera, 12MP f/2.4 telephoto and 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle. Powering the device is a 3,330mAh battery that supports USB-PD charging. Unfortunately, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack and no wireless charging support. However, Sony still retains stereo audio playback and IP68-rated dust and water resistance.
If you can’t wait, you can already buy import units in Malaysia. Retailer Miyamondo is currently selling the Xperia 1 for RM3,790 on Lazada.
Thanks @KevinNgTK for the heads up!