Sony made its presence felt at the ongoing IFA 2017 in Berlin by launching three new Xperia smartphones, Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XA1 Plus. The new smartphones expand the company’s Xperia smartphone portfolio with a prime focus on the cameras.
Sony Xperia XZ1 is the high-end smartphone priced at $699 (approximately Rs 44,800), which takes after Xperia XZ Premium, while the other two models – Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XA1 Plus – are targeted towards mid-range shoppers. The Xperia XZ1 Compact is priced at $599 (approximately Rs 38,400) and the Xperia XA1 Plus costs $379 (approximately Rs 24,300).
Sony Xperia XZ1 is scheduled to go on sale starting September 19, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XA1 Plus will be available in October. But the phones’ availability in India remains to be known as of now.
In terms of specifications, the Xperia XZ1 wins the title of the flagship smartphone. It features a 5.2-inch Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a 19MP rear-facing camera with Motion Eye technology, 25mm lens, f/2.0 aperture, EIS and 5-axis stabilization. On the front, the phone gets a 13MP snapper for selfies. The optics in the Xperia XZ1 is same as the Xperia XZ Premium.
The Xperia XZ1 comes with a 3D scanning feature, which the company claims can take high-quality scans within a minute and uses four scan modes of the head, face, food, and free form. Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and a 2,700mAh battery.
Moving on to the Xperia XZ1 Compact, most specs are kept same as the Xperia XZ1. But the handset comes with a 4.6-inch HD display, 32GB storage and has a microSD card slot for additional storage. The camera, chipset, RAM, and the battery remains unchanged.
Finally, the Xperia XA1 Plus comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a MediaTek Helio P20 chipset, 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. It features a 23MP rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, Exmor RS sensor, and a 24mm wide-angle lens. On the front, there is an 8MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture, Exmor R sensor, and a 23mm wide-angle lens. Under the hood, the phone features a 3,430mAh battery.
Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact run Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Sony’s custom UI on top. But the Xperia XA1 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
There are four colour options on all three phones. Sony Xperia XZ1 comes in Warm Silver, Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, and Black, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact offers Black, White Silver, Twilight Pink, and Blue and the XA1 Plus has black, gold, white, and blue colour options.