Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact launched with Snapdragon 835 and Android Oreo
Sony announced two new flagship Xperia smartphones, Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact today at IFA in Berlin. While most of the smartphone makers are putting a bezel-less display on their latest flagship, Sony has continued its trend of OmniBalance design on their latest Xperia smartphones, featuring thick bezels on the forehead and the chin of the smartphone.
The main highlights of XZ1 pair are Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and refined designs, which, in the case of the XZ1, include a full metal frame. Also, these are the first phones to come with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed.
Sony Xperia XZ1
It comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and is intended to be a step below the company’s XZ Premium offering. It comes with HDR support, 138 per cent sRGB coverage and a host of Sony technologies such as X-reality unit and TRILUMINIOUS. Coming onto to the design, it’s not remarkable. The old three piece construction found on the XZ and XZs has been replaced by a new unibody two piece setup on the XZ1. The Xperia XZ1 is made out of metal with glass on the front.
At the heart, there is an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor paired with the Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It is powered by 2,700mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support. It comes with 64GB of fast UFS storage which can be expanded via a microSD card. Additionally, The battery is quite a fair bit smaller than the 3,230mAh unit found on the XZ Premium.
Coming to the camera features, the Sony Xperia XZ1 features the same Motion Eye camera system as seen on the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs, a 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear snapper with f/2.0 aperture, EIS, 960fps slow-mo recording, phase detection autofocus and laser autofocus. For selfies, you get a 13-megapixel shooter with HDR support, a 22mm wide angle lens and an aperture of f/2.0 lens.
A new feature on the XZ1 is a 3D scanning mode. The smartphone’s rear camera can scan an object and save the file as a 3D image which you can then share on a social network or even print via a 3D printer. The Sony XZ1 also comes with a slew of multimedia features. Sony claims the smartphone comes with S-Force Front Surround setup for balanced stereo sound. In addition, it also features technologies like Clear Audio + and DSEE HX.
The connectivity features include 4G LTE, VoLTE, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS. It has a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer and comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a port which is fast becoming extinct in today’s flagship smartphones.
It has IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, and a fingerprint sensor embedded into its power button. And of course, It comes with Android 8.0 Oreo.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
One can say that XZ1 Compact is the smaller brother of XZ1. These days almost all smartphones come with at least a 5-inch or larger display. Thankfully, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact comes with a smaller 4.6-inch display for those with small hands out there. It is an HD TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality engine for mobile.
At the heart, there is the same Snapdragon 835 processor paired with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It is powered by a 2,700mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support — exactly the same specs as its bigger brother. The changes lie mostly in the smartphone’s design and the display.
Coming onto the camera, Xperia XZ1 Compact has exactly the same specifications as the Xperia XZ1. The only difference lies in the camera segment is that XZ1 Compact has an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies instead of 13-megapixel on XZ1. Moreover, the front camera comes with an aperture of f/1.4, a 120-degree field of view and an ExmorRS sensor. The phone’s storage, software, and connectivity features are the same as its bigger sibling.
It also has IP68 certification and dust resistance as its bigger brother.
You’ll be able to get either phone in black, blue, silver, or pink colors.
The XZ1 will be available unlocked starting September 19th for $699.99 through Amazon or Best Buy, while the XZ1 Compact arrives on October 4th for $599.99. Neither will be offered by any US carriers, though the XZ1 Compact will have support for T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE features.