As expected, Sony took the curtains of its flagship devices for the year, the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact at its Sony IFA 2017 event in Berlin. The smartphones are the first to offer Google’s latest Android OS version, Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The premium flagships carry Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line and refined design, with the Xperia XZ1 encasing an all metal frame.
Talking about the Sony Xperia XZ1 first, the phone features a 5.2-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. Design wise, though the company has refreshed the squarish design it doesn’t looks different compared to other Xperia handsets. The phone has a slim, metal chassis with glass front. The display on the Xperia XZ1 comes with HDR support, X-Reality unit, TRILUMINIOUS, and 138 per cent sRGB coverage. A new feature on the XZ1 is a 3D scanning mode. The camera can scan an object a save the file as a 3D image and users can then send it to a 3D printer or to social media.
As mentioned the Xperia XZ1 runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM. The phone comes with 64GB of fast UFS storage which is further expandable via microSD card. On the optics front, the phone boasts Sony’s Motion Eye Camera seen on the Xperia XZs and the XZ Premium. It carries a 19-mepapixel Exmor RS sensor with Predictive capture mode that attempts to quickly lock focus on subject. The rear camer also offers slow motion video capture at 960fps and 4K video at normal speed and comes with f/2.3 aperture. On the front, it has a 13MP sensor with 22mm wide-angle lens and f/2.0 aperture. The phone packs 2700mAh battery and comes with Qnovo Adaptive charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support. The dual-SIM (hybrid) XZ1 has with Bluetooth 5.0, 4G LTE, VoLTE, USB-Type C port and 3.5mm audio jack under its connectivity option.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
The Xperia XZ1 Compact meanwhile features a small screen size of 4.6-inch with a resolution of 720p. Other specifications on the XZ1 Compact are the same as the XZ1, except for plastic construction on the smaller version instead of the metal built.
In terms of imaging, the smartphone has the same rear camera arrangement as the XZ1, however at the front it has a smaller megapixel-count at 8MP. The front facing camera on the XZ1 Compact comes with super wide-angle view with 12.5mm focal length.
Both the premium handsets come with IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and feature front-facing S-Force Surround sound speakers. The phones will be available in black, blue, silver, or pink colour options.
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
Apart from introducing the premium flagships, Sony has brought a mid-range offering under its new Xperia line-up, the Xperia XA1 Plus. The phone features a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor. It offers 3GB or 4GB of RAM and packs a 3,430mAh battery with Pump Express + 2.0 quick charging support. On the camera front, the XA1 Plus comes with a 23MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.4 and hybrid autofocus and an 8MP front facing camera. It supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, VoLTE, 4G LTE and comes with USB Type-C port. The Xperia XA1 will be available in three color schemes – Black, Blue, Gold and Pink.