Sony Xperia XZ1 & amp; XZ1 Compact: Large and small with 3D scan camera and Android 8.0

Sony Xperia XZ1 & XZ1 Compact: Large and small with 3D scan camera and Android 8.0

After a time-out of two years, Sony today introduced the Xperia XZ1 Compact, the successor to the Xperia Z5 Compact. The compact smartphone offers the almost unchanged high-end equipment of the Xperia XZ1, also presented today. The biggest innovation of both models is a new camera with 3D scan function.

At the IFA 2017, Sony is once again showing new smartphones. This year the Xperia XZ1 as a successor to the Xperia XZ and XZs as well as the Xperia XZ1 as a true successor of the Z5 Compact were presented for the German market. In terms of equipment, Sony gives both models the majority of the equipment of the Xperia XZ Premium (test) presented half a year ago. This means: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 (test) and the new 960-FPS camera are on board.

3D scan function and new camera features

However, Sony does not leave it, because with a new 3D scan function and other new camera features has been added to software. The 3D scan function is an app on the smartphone and only works on the main camera on the back. Sony does not need a second lens or a time-of-flight camera. Using the new function, faces, heads, whole persons and other objects can be captured three-dimensionally and saved as an OBJ file for processing in 3D programs or for printing with 3D printers.

In a first test with final devices and beta software, the process immediately worked amazingly simple, fast and high quality. The object has to be photographed from several perspectives, the app giving the correct angle for each shot so that hardly anything can go wrong. After many shots that are shot automatically, the process is completed and a 3D view is rendered, which can then be imported into compatible programs. For sharing on Facebook, Sony offers an interface and its own platform because the social network can not start with the files yet.

Other new camera features include a new burst mode, which reaches 10 FPS at full 19 megapixels and can activate the hybrid autofocus following the object, which was not possible until now. Also new is the extended automatic recording of photos as soon as movements are detected. This was extended by the recognition of smiling persons. The smartphone shoots in such a scenario before the user presses the trigger to not miss important situations.

Small differences, but same batteries

The most striking difference between both smartphones is, of course, the size. The Xperia XZ1 measures 73.4 × 148.0 × 7.40 millimeters (W × H × T) while it is 64.0 × 129.0 × 9.30 millimeters in the XZ1 Compact. For the displays, Sony sets to 5.2 inches with full HD resolution and HDR-10 support (Xperia XZ1) as well as 4.6 inches with HD resolution and without HDR (Xperia XZ1 Compact). Another distinctive feature is the internal UFS memory of the Compact model, which is reduced from 64 to 32 GB. Both devices can be expanded with a microSD card. In addition, the front camera of the Xperia XZ1 Compact offers only 8 instead of 13 megapixels. In the battery, however, there is no more distinction, but this is not the advantage of the large Xperia XZ1: Both devices come to 2,700 mAh.

The housing of the Xperia XZ1 is milled from a block of aluminum and covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Xperia XZ1 Compact, on the other hand, uses polycarbonate for the back and sides, aluminum for the upper and lower end, as well as Gorilla Glass 5 on the front. Because of the compact design of the Xperia XZ1 Compact, Sony could not mount the same 4 × 4 MIMO antenna setup so that the LTE modem in the downstream reaches a maximum of 800 Mbit / s instead of 1 Gbit / s. A dual SIM version of the Xperia XZ1 will be available in principle, but this is not intended for the German market.

Market launch in late September with Android 8.0 Oreo

Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are expected to hit the German market at the end of September, although the larger model is likely to be earlier. Sony plans for both versions with the colors black, blue, silver and pink and wants to offer both devices at all mobile phone providers. Pleasing is that Sony will deliver the smartphones equal to the market launch with Android 8.0 Oreo (test). For the Xperia XZ Premium – without an appointment – an update to Android 8.0 with the same new camera features including 3D scanners will follow. As known by Sony, the operating system is strongly oriented to Google’s stock Android. The Xperia XZ1 has a suggested retail price of 699 euros, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact is priced at 599 euros.

Sony Xperia XZ1
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
(upon publication)
Android 8.0
display: 5.20 inch
1.080 x 1.920, 424 ppi
TFT, HDR, Gorilla Glass 5
4.60 inch
720 x 1.280, 319 ppi
TFT, gorilla glass 5
Service: Touch
fingerprint sensor, status LED
SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4 × Kryo 280, 2.45 GHz
4 × Kryo 280, 1.90 GHz
10 nm, 64-bit
GPU: Adreno 540
710 MHz
R.A.M: 4,096 MB
Storage: 64 GB (+ microSD) 32 GB (+ microSD)
Camera: 19.0 MP, 2160p
LED, f / 2.0, AF
Secondary camera: No
Front camera: 13.0 MP, 1080p
display flash, f / 2.0
8.0 MP, 1080p
display flash, f / 2.0
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbps
LTE: Advanced Pro
↓ 1,000 ↑ 150 Mbps
Advanced Pro
↓ 800 ↑ 150 Mbps
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth: 4.2 LE
tracking Systems: A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Other Standards: USB 3.1 Type C, NFC USB 2.0 Type C, NFC
SIM card: Nano SIM
Battery pack: 2,700 mAh
permanently installed
Size (W × H × D): 73.4 × 148.0 × 7.40 mm 64.0 x 129.0 x 9.30 mm
protection: IP68
Mass: 155 g 140 g
Price: 699 € 599 €


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