Sony's new flagship phones bring minor upgrades and more of the same

Sony's new flagship phones bring minor upgrades and more of the same

Lindsey Duncan
September 1, 2017

One of the major surprises that SONY threw at us during the presser was the fact that the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact would come with Android Oreo out-of-the-box, making it one of the few releases with the latest flavour of Android. Today the Japanese giant finally took off the covers of these devices and we can see them for ourselves.

The Xperia XZ1 comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The new Xperia XA1 Plus is a mid-ranger that can best be described as a blend of the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra announced at MWC in February.

The smartphone draws power from a 2700mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

The device will come with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed. Amazingly, the battery is actually the same at 2,700 mAh, despite the smaller body. You can get great-looking shots in nearly any conditions with Sony's Superior Auto Mode, while full manual controls are also on offer. The Xperia XZ1 is also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

The XZ1 will be available in Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink and Moonlit Blue colour options when it becomes available. "It has 13 megapixels front camera with 1/3" Exmor RS sensor and wide-angle f/2.0 lens.

In terms of what's powering the device, you will be getting the latest Snapdragon 835 coupled with 4 GB of RAM. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are certainly no different, though they do differ from each other in significant ways beyond just the size.

It is powered by MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor and sports 5.5-inch full HD display.

It's capable of 4K video recording and super slow-motion shooting at 960fps, neither of which can be matched by the Sony Xperia X Compact's video camera, which tops out at 1080p.

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Since the phone has got a 6-inch inch OLED display and an aspect ratio of 18:9, you will notice thin bezels and rounded corners. This is quite a feat and a jump from the previous LG V20 and LG G6 , which had an aperture of F2.4 for the wide-angle lens.

Continuing Sony's baffling strategy of producing new smartphones every six months, Sony has launched the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.

A new breakthrough feature is the 3D Creator, Sony Mobile's unique in-house solution for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects.

There's a 19MP camera on the back of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, just like on other recent Sony flagships.

Inside located a powerful Snapdragon processor 835 and 4 GB of RAM.

Moving onto the battery life and its charging technologies, Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging, help the battery stay healthy to give you a longer battery lifespan. The front camera of the smartphone is an 8MP camera.

The Xperia XZ1 will go on sale September 19, priced at $699.99. The phone comes with a 5.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels.

"This unique attribute could well make the device stand out from the crowd as it allows for four modes of capture - face, head, food and free form - which can then be edited, saved as files, made into avatars, and sent to print", said David McQueen research director at ABI Research.