Sony's brand-new Xperia XZ1, XA1 get launch dates, pricing for SA

3D Creator stands out as one of the more interesting additions. Hopefully Sony will have a more forgiving pricing scheme this time around.

The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact both feature Sony's Motion Eye camera system, which was first made available on the Xperia XZ Premium from earlier this year.

"Xperia XZ1 takes full advantage of Sony's BRAVIA TV technology and it brings more color and contrast to immerse yourself in your favurite shows and movies in stunning realism, by incorporating HDR (High Dynamic Range) in its 5.2" Full HD display.

The two phones feature the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68 resistance and 19MP main camera as the XZ Premium. This time around, the spec sheet of the Xperia XZ1 Compact is pretty much identical to the Xperia XZ1 apart from a few changes here and there.

Sony XZ1 Compact. Like the XZ1, but er. Both devices have a slightly redesigned look and both come with a new built-in 3D-scanning feature. The XZ1 (unlocked) will be up for grabs from September 19th at Amazon and Best Buy and the XZ1 Compact will be available starting October 4th in the US. "The Compact's selfie camera is a little different though; an 8MP Exmor RS sensor with a 1/4" sensor size and an extra-wide-angle lens with adjustable FOV from 80-degrees up to 120-degrees for those panoramic "grelfies". It'll be offered in black, silver, blue, and pink.

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As for connectivity, the smartphone offers up to 800Mbps based on Cat15, which will vary based on the region.

The 5.2-inch handset also has front-facing speakers that offer solid sound, so far as handsets go.

In the front, it has a 5.2 (inch) Full HD Display with HDR technology, protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is present. Quick charging is also supported to give you that boost of hours of power in just minutes of charging, while its power-efficient MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor provides a seamless experience whether you browse the web, watch a video or play your favorite game.

Sony's Xperia X Compact uses the same Snapdragon 650 chipset as the full-sized Xperia X, backed up with 3GB of RAM. Both phones will also run Android 8 Oreo out of the box, and Sony says that with its new near stock implementation of Google's OS, it should be able to push out updates faster than other phone makers with complicated skins (I'm looking at you Samsung). They have a lot of features (like Sony's signature two-step camera button) that other phone makers don't seem to care about, or at least, can't be bothered to put on their phones. Both the cameras are equipped with f/2 aperture size and wide-angle lens. To help answer those questions we've put the two phones head to head. 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. It is worth noting, this battery is the largest ever battery unit used in a Sony smartphone.

  • Desiree Holland