Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact hands-on

The larger model, the Xperia XZ1, features a 5.2in FullHD (1080p) display with Sony's patented TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technologies, as well as HDR support and 138% sRGB colour.

The two smartphones are neat but feature similarities when compared to its predecessors. The software is then able to render a 3-D image of that, which can be edited.

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In our tests, still images taken with the Xperia XZ1's rear-facing camera were far more impressive than on the Xperia XZ, appearing crisp, clear, and full of natural colour, and were taken super-fast. Xperia XA1 Plus also features an 8MP 23mm wide-angle lens front camera to give you high quality images that capture all the action, even in a group selfie.

Continuing Sony's baffling strategy of producing new smartphones every six months, Sony has launched the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.

An expected development, for sure, but the Xperia XA1 Plus is still a welcome sight for prospective buyers. The device will be available starting September 19 for $699. Along with its big sibling, the Xperia XZ1, the Compact is positioned as the best one-handed phone for anyone into 3D printing, with a really cool 3D-scanning app that will eventually let you share 3D photos on Facebook.

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At the same time, Sony also announced its a compact action camera, the RX0. It's a neat trick we've seen replicated on a number of accessories, but Sony's gone out of its way to build the functionality directly into the phone. Both phones also feature Sony's wonderful stereo front-facing speakers, as well as all the other great audio capabilities that Sony is known for, like Hi-Res 24-bit audio, LDAC Bluetooth streaming and more.

What about internals? The flagship includes a Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The XZ1 Compact isn't striking at first glance: It looks like just another little plastic-bodied Sony design (although it isn't plastic per se, but a sort of glass-infused polymer) with a 4.6-inch 720p LCD. It will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. Sadly you don't get either wireless charging or, a lingering omission on Sony's part in the United States, a fingerprint scanner for biometric security. The mid-range processor made it only a small upgrade over the previous Xperia Z5 Compact, while key features such as the water resistance were scrapped entirely.

One of the major surprises that SONY threw at us during the presser was the fact that the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact would come with Android Oreo out-of-the-box, making it one of the few releases with the latest flavour of Android.

Xperia XA1 Plus will be available in stores from the end of October and it will be priced SR1,099.

  • Delia Davidson