Sony announces the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, both running Android Oreo

Sony announces the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, both running Android Oreo

This basically allows the XZ1 to capture objects in 3D in less than 60 seconds which is achieved by the user walking around the said object (s) and keeping the camera focused on them. The pair has nothing much to talk about in terms of design changes thanks to Sony's iterative rulebook.

I expected Sony to be late to the party, but this time around it managed to get ahead of the likes of LG and Samsung, which is impressive.

Last year's models, to recap, were the original Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact. The Xperia XZ1 features 5.2-inch full high-definition display, while the XZ1 Compact has a smaller 4.6-inch display. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It also features IP65/68 ratings for dust and water resistance.

Sony is using the Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM in both phones, and the XZ1 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display while the XZ1 Compact sports a 4.6-inch 720p display.

But just how different is the XZ1 Compact to the X Compact?

Both phones also come with 32GB of storage and a microSD card slot with support for cards of up to 256GB.

Both the XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact are mid-year refreshes for the Xperia lineup. Sony is particularly proud of its LCD's brightness, too, though in my brief time outdoors it still didn't seem as punchy as an OLED panel.

Sony audio expertise also lets you immerse yourself in the truly authentic sound of Hi-Resolution Audio with Xperia XZ1, enabling you to enjoy every nuance and detail in a track as if you're right there with the artist. The XZ1 gets a slim metallic chassis with fine refinements, but the Compact has a glass fiber and plastic build, which should make it feel cheaper. Both XZ1 and XZ1 compact will be among the first smartphones to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed. The Xperia XZ1 comes in four colours: Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and Black.

You'll get a premium 19-megapixel sensor on both phones, and that includes Sony's unique predictive capture feature.

For a personalised touch, the Xperia XZ1 has an integrated fingerprint sensor, which Sony has managed to retain on top of the small power button, so you can unlock the device when you pick it up without having to move your hand to a separate button.

In our short hands-on, we found no lag even when playing and recording 4K video. The Compact also packs a wide-angle front camera with 120 degrees field of view and the new 3D Creator for augmented reality. One possibility could be the ability to send the image to be 3-D printed.

Namingly, Sony will provide update to Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia Touch and Xperia XA1 Plus. Anyways, we need not wait for long to know more as the launch is just a few minutes away from now. US SIM-free prices are $699.99 (XZ1) and $599.95 (XZ1 Compact), while UK RRP will be confirmed later today.