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Sony Xperia 8 unveiled with a 21:9 screen - but you won't be able to buy it

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Update: Sony has confirmed to TechRadar that the company has "no plans to introduce this phone outside of Japan".

Sony only recently launched the Sony Xperia 5 phone, but now it's back with another numbered handset, the Sony Xperia 8.

This latest entry in the ever-more-confusingly numbered range has a 6.0-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a mid-range Snapdragon 630 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

There’s also a dual-lens rear camera, with 12MP f/1.8 and 8MP f/2.4 snappers, while around the front is an 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera. Other specs include a 2,760mAh battery, water resistance (a feature which the Sony Xperia 10 notably lacks), and Android 9 Pie.

A small upgrade

The Sony Xperia 8 looks slightly dated design-wise, with a large bezel above the screen, although it does at least have a metal frame and a glass back.

Overall, on paper it sounds like a minor upgrade of the Xperia 10 (though not necessarily of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, which has a larger screen and a slightly better chipset).

It’s set to go on sale in Japan at the end of October for a price of JPY 54,000, which converts to roughly $505 / £410 / AU$750, although there’s no news on the handset launching outside Japan – if that changes we’ll let you know.

Via GSMArena

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.