As expected, Sony launched the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact smartphones at the IFA 2017. The company also launched a mid-range smartphone, the XA1 Plus. The Xperia XZ1 is priced at $699 (approximately Rs 44,800) and will be available starting September 19. The Xperia XZ1 Compact will be available a little later on October 4 at a price of $599 (approximately Rs 38,400). The last one to hit the shelves is the Xperia XA1 Plus on October 20 with a price of $379 (approximately Rs 24,300). However, there is no word on Indian availability yet.
The highlight here is the flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ1. Talking about the design, the smartphone looks quite like the Xperia XZ Premium with the diamond cut chamfered edges and a metal body. Up front, the two speakers remain intact on top and bottom. The power button is located on the right, which also doubles as a fingerprint sensor, along with the volume rocker and a camera shortcut key. One noticeable difference is that the Xperia XZ1 has two rectangular antenna lines running along the right and the left side of the smartphone.
Xperia XZ1 specifications
The Xperia XZ1 features a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display with HDR support and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The Xperia XZ1 gets the same camera setup as the XZ Premium which is a 19-megapixel at the rear and a 13-megapixel camera up front for selfies. The rear camera is equipped with Sony’s ‘Motion Eye’ technology that lets you record 960fps slow-motion videos. It also has a 25mm lens, f/2.0 aperture, Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) and 5-axis stabilization.
Its connectivity options include a 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port. Keeping the smartphone ticking is a 2,700mAh battery. On the software front, the smartphone runs the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with Sony’s custom UI on top. Joining the Samsung Galaxy S8 duo, the Xperia XZ1 also comes with IP68 rating for water resistance. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: A true ‘premium’ flagship smartphone in every sense
A first for a smartphone as Sony claims, the Xperia XZ1 has an inbuilt 3D scanning feature. The smartphone is said to scan high-quality scans within a minute. It can be done using four scan modes of head, face, food, and freeform. The smartphone will be available in four color options of Warm Silver, Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, and Black. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ Premium ‘Bronze Pink’ color variant launched: Specifications, features
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact specifications
The “compact” flagship is here! The Xperia XZ1 Compact bears almost the same specifications as its bigger variant. A difference here is the 4.6-inch HD (720p) display. Powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC with the same 4GB of RAM, the smartphone comes with a smaller 32GB of onboard storage, but it can be expanded via a microSD card. The XZ1 Compact will come in four color options of Black, White Silver, Twilight Pink, and Blue. Rest of the specifications remain the same as the Xperia XZ1. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ Review
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus specifications, features
The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus sits somewhere between the XA1 and the XA1 Ultra sporting an identical design but with some changes under its hood. The Xperia XA1 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. At the core of the smartphone runs a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
For photography, the Xperia XA1 Plus features a 23-megapixel rear camera of f/2.0 aperture, Exmor RS sensor, and a 24mm wide-angle lens. For selfies, it houses an 8-megapixel camera of f/2.0 aperture, Exmor R sensor, and a 23mm wide-angle lens. The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,430mAh battery and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Color options for the XA1 Plus include black, gold, white, and blue.