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NTT Docomo will release the new compact model "Xperia Ace (Ace)" in the Xperia series on June 1. This time, although it is a short time, I have touched the actual machine before the release in advance, so I would like to deliver the impression.Just right in one hand. Xperia Ace SO-02L is a smartphone with full HD + display of about 5.0 inches. The aspect ratio is 18: 9. This is the same as the Xperia XZ2 Compact SO-05K that appeared in the summer 2018 model. The size is W 67 x H 140 x D 9.3 mm, a little bigger and a little thinner than the W 65 x H 135 x D 12.1 mm of XZ2 Compact. The case design is now flat.

The round volume key design is personally cute.

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The Ace is just a midrange model. On the processor side, the Ace is a Snapdragon 630, which is a bit less powerful than the XZ2 Compact with the Spapdragon 845. On the other hand, the specifications of 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM are common, and the OS is Android 9. However, I don't have any complaints about using it for daily communication.

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The Ace is just a midrange model——. On the processor side, the Ace is a Snapdragon 630, which is a bit less powerful than the XZ2 Compact with the Snapdragon 845. On the other hand, the specifications of 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM are common, and the OS is Android 9. However, I don't have any complaints about using it for daily communication.

It has a 2700 mAh battery and a USB Type-C connector. It also supports battery-related functions unique to Xperia such as STAMINA mode and comfort charging. The power key on the side also functions as a fingerprint sensor. It's also waterproof to PX5/IPX8, dustproof to IP6X, and equipped with a Felica. Everything I want is in it.

It costs 48600 yen (tax included). For those of you who don't use graphics-intensive games often, this is a device that is aimed at keeping the cost of the device low while maintaining everyday usability.


It supports Side Sense, but it has Ace's own UI.

The ability to launch apps instantly——. The Xperia Ace supports 'Side Sense' just like the high-end series. However, compared to the Xperia XZ3 and Xperia 1, the difference is that it starts from the displayed bar instead of double-tapping the side of the display.

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Also, it seems like there is no shortcut to multi-window.

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The Side Sense bar is customizable from the Settings app. If you adjust "Which side (or both) is displayed?", "How long should the bar be?", etc. according to the position you have, it will be easy to start the applications you use frequently. It's important to be able to use the features that make it easy to launch apps because it's a compact model that requires one-handed operation.


In-camera supports wide-angle shooting

Well, I have no complaints if the camera can take pretty good pictures. The Xperia Ace rear camera has a 12 million pixel f/1.8 resolution. The familiar "Premium Omakase Auto" can automatically recognize 13 different scene conditions and four different conditions, such as whether the subject is moving or not, and reproduce the optimal color. In addition, the camera supports both optical and electronic hybrid camera shake correction. You won't have any trouble with daily use.

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It's not on sale yet, so I won't give it an exact review, but the building I shot in the evening looked like below.

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Another feature is the '4 Comma Story Mode' function. You can record a series of four photos as a video or collage. I don't feel that it is new, but I have the impression that I can enjoy it if I use it with several people. You can also use AR effects, Google Lens, manual shooting, and more.

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The in-camera has 8 million pixels. In addition to the standard camera, there is also a wide-angle camera with a 120-degree angle of view, and you can switch between them with a human icon (1 ⇔ 3). It is easy to take a selfie including the background or a group photo, and can be used with a skin beautifying treatment. The usability is very good, though it was hard to get a screenshot of the shooting screen.

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The sound is satisfactory if you don't care about details.

The internal speaker is stereo. The sound comes out from the part that you touch your ear and the speaker on the lower side of the phone. When I played back the sound source, I was able to enjoy the balanced sound from the front without any problem of sound localization. However, the performance of the speaker seems to be not very good. I felt that the rustling sound was broken at high volume.

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In short, if you're sitting on the couch watching YouTube at a lower volume, that's fine, but it's not for people who want to watch movies on Netflix in a more immersive way. It has a 3.5 mm earphone jack, so in that case, you should use wired earphones or headphones.

It supports high-resolution sound sources, as well as DSEE HX which normally converts sound sources to high-resolution sound. It also supports LDAC and aptX HD, so even those who prefer wireless headphones can enjoy high-quality sound.

In conclusion, the Xperia Ace is priced in the 40,000 yen range, and supports a variety of useful features such as water resistance and Felica, making it an easy device to recommend for those who want a compact Android smartphone.

On the other hand, if it is mainly intended for entertainment, such as games and music, it is a bit unsatisfactory. If you're particularly concerned about sound, consider using a headset. In addition, if you are particular about the use of entertainment, if you have a budget, you should consider Xperia 1 of a higher model.

This article is based on the Japanese version of Engadget and was created by machine translation. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.