Sony Announce Xperia XZ1 & Xperia XZ1 Compact – IFA 2017

What started with a trippy intro and some dance music to boot ended with some actually really impressive announcements. Short and sweet, Sony got to the point of their IFA2017 presser quickly  announcing the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact smartphones.

Sony Xperia XZ1

Hideyuki Furumi introduced us to two new smartphones along similar lines to previous launches. The Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ Compact are not replacements for the flagship Xperia XZ Premium however, and instead fit somewhere slightly down the pecking order.

Specifications

Sony Xperia XZ1Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Display5.2-inch Full HD with HDR
1920 x 1080 resolution
423 ppi
4.6-inch 720p Triluminos Display
1280 x 720 resolution
319 ppi
Processor64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor
RAM / Storage4 GB – 64GB (MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB)4 GB – 32GB (MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB)
CamerasRear camera
– 19 MP 1/2.3″ AF sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Front camera
– 13 MP 1/3.06″ sensor

Rear camera
– 19 MP 1/2.3″ AF sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Front camera
– 8 MP sensor with 120° wide angle

Battery2,700 mAh
Non-removable
QuickCharge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
2,700 mAh
Non-removable
QuickCharge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
Water resistanceIP68 dust and water resistanceIP68 dust and water resistance
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11
LTE Cat 16, 4CA, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, 3.1
NFC
DNLA
Wi-Fi 802.11
LTE Cat 15, 4CA, 4×4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, 2.0
NFC
DNLA
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions and weight148 x 73 x 7.4mm
156 grams
129 x 65 x 9.3mm
143 grams

The bigger of the two, the Sony XZ1 sports a 5.2″ 1080p display with the XZ1 Compact downgrading to 4.6″ a 720p resolution display. Fans of the smaller phones; rejoice – Sony’s got your back!

There seems to be three colour variants for you to choose from; a very bright Pink, Cyan, Black and an off White. We’re sure they have more interesting names but we’ll call it how we see it.

Sony ended the press event by stating that Android 8.0 Oreo, newly announced and released by Google recently, will ship with the new Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact products. How often the software updates are pushed to these devices moving forward is anybody’s guess however they are starting from a strong base here and we’d like to think they will deliver support for these devices through to Android P perhaps.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 is due to release week commencing 4th September, with the Xperia XZ1 Compact being released in October.

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