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Sony Unveils The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact Flagship Smartphones


*  Sony unveiled the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact at the IFA conference in Berlin.

*  Both phones have the new “3D creator” tool and run on Android 8.0-Oreo-.

*  Both feature the motion Eye Camera technology that allows super slow-motion video recordings.

*  Both said to be available from September.


Sony unveiled its new flagship smartphones – the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact – at the IFA 2017 Conference in Berlin. Both devices come with 4GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor – as seen on the Xperia XZ Premium

The XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are also expected to be the first flagship devices to come installed with the latest version of Android, Oreo. So owners of both devices can expect to get a first taste of the exciting features of Android 8.0, like: Picture-in-Picture – which allows you to view two apps at once on the same screen, and the new notification dots feature which provides visual indication on app icons when there is a notification to be read within them.

Is that all there is to the two phones? Nope, the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact launches with an innovative feature called “3D Creator” – an application for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects. With this tool, a user can select from four different modes – head, face, food and freeform – depending on the objects they are trying to capture. Images captured using the 3D Creator tool can be shared on social media as avatars or something else, they can also be printed or used as wallpapers. See how the 3D Creator tool works in the video below.

 

DESIGN

Both the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have been reinforced with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which in theory has up to 80 percent chance of surviving a drop of 1.6 meters on a hard surface without any scratches or cracks. The XZ1 and XZ1 Compact come with a 2700mAh battery each, both are waterproof and dust resistant. The two phones have their fingerprint sensor installed on the power button, which also serves as the wake button. However for business reasons, models to be shipped to the U.S will not have fingerprint scanners.

So what are the differences between the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact?

  • The XZ1 has a 5.2-inch screen with Full HD Display and High Dynamic Range (HDR). On the other hand, the XZ1 Compact has a 4.6inch screen with a 720p resolution. 
  • The XZ1 comes in colours like: Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and Classic Black. In the case of the XZ1 Compact, available colours are: Black, White Silver, Horizon Blue and Twilight Pink- colors
  • the XZ1, comes with a standard 64GB storage, while the Compact version comes with a basic 32GB storage space. Both have MicroSD card slots for memory expansion to the tune of 256GB.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Credit: Sony
Sony Xperia XZ1 Credit: Sony

 

CAMERA

Sony’s ‘Motion Eye’ Camera technology which was seen on the XZ Premium is also a feature on the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. Thanks to the Motion Eye technology, users of these devices can capture ‘super slow-motion’ videos at 960 frames per second. The camera also has a predictive capture function that detects motion and takes up to 4 images before even pressing the shutter button, which can be really useful when trying to capture that ‘killer’ pose or smile, a stunning view or a breathtaking moment.

While the XZ1 comes with a 13MP selfie camera with a 22mm wide angle lens, the XZ1 Compact comes with an 8MP front camera instead with an 18mm wide angle lens. At the back of both devices lie a 19MP camera with 4K video recording capability.

 

DISPLAY

Both phones share Sony’s Triluminos display technology which gives images a more natural look by offering a wider range of colours. An accompanying XReality engine also makes pictures look crispier and clearer on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.

 

AUDIO

Credit: Sony

The two phones are packed with Sony’s latest sound innovation – an Audio Enhancing Technology which makes users feel like they were listening to live music at a concert. The phones also come with a Digital Noise Cancelling Technology (DNC) that helps shut out up to 98 percent of surrounding noises when using a headphone.

 

 

The Xperia XZ1 will go on sale from September 19 and is expected to cost $700 (N256,200) upon release, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact will be released on October 4 for around $600 (N219,600).

 

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Kwame A. is a Problem Solver who loves to look for easier and more efficient ways of doing things. His background in engineering puts him at the fore front of problem solving and he has had his fair share of interning with some production firms. His dream is to ensure that someday, in the not too distant future, everyone (third world country or not) would not only be kept up-to speed about the latest advancement in technology, but would also be able to easily acquire such technologies. Kwame is a lover of movies, loves to work out, stay fit and try new things.

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