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Sony announces Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus at IFA 2017

Japanese smartphone maker Sony has unveiled three new phones, the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and the Xperia XA1 Plus. While the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are flagships, the XA1 Plus is a mid-range offering from Sony.

Both the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are powered by Snapdragon 835 Processor and the Xperia XA1 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 chipset. The Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will come with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. This makes them the first devices to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo.

While all the three devices bear the signature Sony smartphone looks, they’re much more refined in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Let us have a quick look at the IFA 2017 launches from Sony.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Specifications

Sony Xperia XZ1

Talking about the premium flagship first, the Sony Xperia XZ1 comes with a metal unibody design, which is a new thing from Sony. It sports a 5.2 inch full HD display with Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. This display comes with HDR support and X-Reality unit from Sony.

On the camera front, the Sony Xperia XZ1 comes with 19MP Exmor RS sensor with f/2.3 aperture and features like Motion Eye camera system and Predictive capture. A 13MP wide angle camera with f/2.0 aperture is there on the front.

Packing a Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with Adreno 540 GPU, the Sony Xperia XZ1 comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage with microSD card support. It will run the latest Android 8.0 Oreo skinned by Sony. For audiophiles, the XZ1 offers front-surround sound setup.

Powered by a 2,700 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is a 4G ready smartphone with a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and WiFi as standard connectivity options.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Specifications

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact


Coming to the smaller flagship now, the Sony XZ1 Compact features a 4.6-inch HD display, which is the only field where XZ1 Compact is behind the XZ1. While majority features remain the same, a minor change is in the front camera setup. On the XZ1 Compact, you will get an 8MP front camera instead of the 13MP unit on the XZ1.

The Sony XZ1 Compact comes with IP68 water and dust resistance and will be coming in Black, Snow Silver, Twilight Pink, and Horizon Blue colors.

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Specifications

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus


Coming to the midrange device, the Xperia XA1 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display. It comes with a 23MP primary camera with f/2.4 aperture and hybrid autofocus and an 8MP front-facing camera is also given.

The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 processor coupled with 3/4GB RAM options. This phone will also run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, skinned by Sony.

Powered by a 3,430 mAh battery with Pump Express 2.0 fast charging, the Xperia XA1 Plus features a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and WiFi.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

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