Sony launches three Xperia smartphones at IFA 2017

Marlene Weaver
September 1, 2017

We have predicted the coming of the XA1, but we didn't think it would be a "Plus" model.

The rumor mill has been quite active with the aforementioned smartphones from the past few months.

As seen previously with Sony handsets, there is little drop in spec between the large and compact versions of its phones - which is to be applauded - but let's break the rest of the features down phone-by-phone all the same. We're still talking about Sony, after all. It has date also mentioned there which is September 1, the expected date of announcement of Xperia XZ1.

The Xperia XZ1 from Sony was leaked in HD renders. On the front, there is a 13MP sensor with a 22mm wide angle lens and an aperture of f/2.0 lens. The 2,700 mAh battery might be a bit worrying, but Sony is famous for its STAMINA mode in that regard. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is smaller in size and keeps just about the same personality as the other premium phones, but with an aim of wooing those who don't like bigger screens. There are no new flagships but we're still interested in the Xperia XZ1 and this, its smaller brother.

A new feature on the XZ1 is a 3D scanning mode. There are many playful options to enjoy with 3D Creator, such as creating an avatar for use in the camera AR effects options, setting a live wallpaper, sharing on social media with your friends as a 3D sticker, or sending to a 3D printer to make it into a memorable keepsake.

The battery is 2700 mAh and supports Quick Charge 3.0. Interestingly, the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, both of which offer high-end features, will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, likely being among the first in the world to do so. The XZ1 Compact comes in Black, White Silver, Horizon Blue, and Twilight Pink.

As for connectivity, the smartphone offers up to 800Mbps based on Cat15, which will vary based on the region. There's also a pair of stereo speakers living above and below the display, which the Japanese device makers say will deliver 50% higher sound pressure over the previous XZ model.

Sony has chosen not to update its design here, and it's already odd to see phone launches still with dedicated home buttons, rather than have them as part of the screen itself. This allows the camera itself to store photos temporarily instead of waiting on the chipset to transfer them to RAM.

Both devices feature a slight redesign of Sony's typical smartphone design language, but you'll still recognize it from a distance nearly immediately.

These smartphones come with some noteworthy features such as MotionEye camera with 3D-image sensing, Hi-Res audio, HDR display.

While Samsung remains silent, companies like HTC, OnePlus, and Motorola have confirmed Android 8.0 Oreo updates. We've never been huge fans of Sony's custom UI, finding it overbearing compared with the vanilla Android experience, but some of the added apps are a bonus.

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