Things have been hot at the Sony booth this year at EFA. The company had unveiled its flagship device(s), the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact.
While you can't say they look drastically different from a physical standpoint, as Sony refuses to change their box like design language. But these are entirely different devices.
Even though general specs seem underwhelming at first, the highlighting feature blew me away, and will probably do the same to you. So here are some impressions on it.
The XZ1 is the larger of the two, rocking a 5.2 inch 1080p display and the compact has a smaller 4.6 inch display, at 720p. Rather disappointing, but they are Triluminos displays, so colors look greatly balanced.
The bezels look huge compared to the competition, but Sony added front facing speakers to the top and bottom bezels. They are rather weak compared to other front firing solutions I've seen, but better than a traditional monospeaker anyway.
The main thing that will be the most appealing factor about the phone, is its camera. It's a new 19 mp sensor on the rear, which Sony called as a 'MotionEye' sensor.
Essentially it can detect unexpected movements within the viewfinder, and keep its focus foxed where it is expected to stay.
The images look great for initial impressions. I have no concerns with the camera capabilities on this thing. It is awesome, as expected.
Even the front cameras do a good job of clicking selfies. The XZ1 has a 13 mp front camera and the XZ1 compact has an 8 mp sensor. Both are really good at their job.
The highlighting feature of the phone has to be the 3D creator app. To put it simply, it is INSANELY COOL! I done use Caps like that unless I'm pumped. And believe me, I am!
The app allows you to completely scan an object or a person, and keep a 3D render of the same for AR. You can even 3D print these renders directly from your phone! How is that NOT insane!?
Like honestly, this has to be the first time in a while that Sony managed to stump me with a smartphone. Sure, they have great TVs. But the chances of blowing my mind with a phone, weren't too high for them, until the XZ1.
There are other goodies found on the previous XZ. You can still record slo-mo videos at that crazy smooth 900+ fps; It's IP68 rated, as usual; It has a fingerprint sensor embedded in the side power button; the Snapdragon 835; 4 gigs of RAM, all that good stuff.
So, that said, the battery is a bit of a let down for me. It's a 2700 mAh on both phones. It won't be an issue for the compact, regarding the lower resolution. But it might not be so great for the regular XZ1.
But the SD835 should get you good numbers on runtime regardless. Besides, this phone is rocking the latest and greatest Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box. Sony says it's the first phone to do so, and it is; as far as I can remeber.
The UI on top is buttery smooth, as it has always been, and Sony promises timely updates like all of the other manufacturers. We'll see how that translates down the line.