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Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 compact with Snapdragon 835, Android Oreo announced along with Xperia XA1 Plus at IFA

Story Highlights

  • Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact become the first phones to launch with Android Oreo
  • The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact will hit the shelves globally in September
  • Xperia XZ1 holds a single 19 MP rear camera unlike most flagship phones with Dual cameras

Sony has launched its latest flagship smartphone Xperia XZ1 and a smaller version of it, the XZ1 compact at the IFA 2017 in Berlin today. Both the smartphones become the first devices to be announced with Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphones come in Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and Black colors and will roll out globally starting from September 2017, where the price will be revealed once they hit the shelves. Alongside these two phones, Sony has also launched the Xperia XA1 Plus but first, let’s get into the details of the flagship phones.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 sports a 5.2-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) HDR TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top, where the Xperia XZ1 compact holds the same display but with a 4.6-inch screen. Both the smartphones are powered by a Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor with Adreno 540 GPU. The devices come with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage which can be further expanded up to 256 GB via microSD card. As mentioned earlier the smartphones run on Android 8.0 Oreo which makes them the first devices to do so.

Xperia XZ1 compact

In the imaging department, the Xperia XZ1 holds a 19 MP rear camera with Exmos RS sensor, and a f/2.0 aperture lens. The rear camera is equipped with Predictive capture, 5-axis stabilization, 4K video recording and 960fps slow-motion video recording support. Upfront we are looking at a 13 MP camera with 1/3″ Exmor RS sensor, 22mm wide-angle lens with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording support. Talking about the smaller variant i.e the Xperia XZ1 compact, it features the same 19 MP rear camera with Exmos RS sensor but comes with an 8 MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture and a super wide-angle lens for 120 degrees field of view.

Both Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact pack a 2,700 mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. The smartphones hold a metal uni-body with a fingerprint scanner on the side and IP65/IP68 certification making it water and dust resistant. The connectivity options include, 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC and USB 3.1 Type-C.

Xperia XA1 Plus
Xperia XA1 Plus

Now, coming to the Xperia XA1 Plus, it is also announced at the IFA 2017. The smartphone seems to be the bigger version of the Xperia XA1 launched previously this year. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) with Image Enhance Technology and is powered by a 2.3 GHz MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core processor. The device comes in two different variants, one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage and another with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, expandable (up to 256 GB) via microSD card. The Xperia XA1 Plus runs on Android 7.0 Nougat.

The optics department consists of a 23 MP, f/2.0 aperture rear camera with LED flash along with an 8 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and a 23 mm wide-angle lens. The Xperia XA1 Plus packs a 3,430 mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive fast charging. The connectivity options include, 4G LTE, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and USB Type-C.

Abhinav Harde

Abhinav covers daily Tech news and updates on ‘Best Tech Guru’. He is an Electronics Engineer and a big gadget lover. He is obsessed with technology and has great passion for writing.

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