IFA 2017: Sony Xperia XZ1 Packs Android 8.0 Oreo And 3D Scanning


The OS isn't quite brand new, like the new Android Oreo-powered Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, but it will get the job done pretty darn well.

Sony is set to announce a raft of new products during its press conference at Germany's biggest technology tradeshow, IFA 2017.

Now we have some more renders of the device.

At one stage, a few years ago, Sony was cranking out products that obsoleted their predecessors every six months, something that we noted at the time confused and exhausted buyers.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 will be available around the globe by the end of the September 2017.

Xperia XA1 Plus The mid-range smartphone from Sony, Xperia XA1 Ultra, features a 5.5-inch screen with a full HD resolution.

The two phones feature the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68 resistance and 19MP main camera as the XZ Premium.

Speaking of local variants, most markets will get 4GB of RAM on the XA1 Plus, except for South America and the USA, which get the 3GB model.

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The Xperia XZ1 has a 13-megapixel front camera, like the XZ Premium, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact has an 8-megapixel front camera with a super-wide angle lens, allowing the user to toggle between 80-degrees and 120-degrees field of view selfies and video. Battery 2700 mAh, according to the manufacturer, should be enough for a day of active use.

Manufacturers also noted that Xperia XZ1 will be the first smartphone with preloaded Android 8.0 Oreo on Board.

Now, let's talk about the flagship Xperia XZ1 phone. However, new features are part of it like 3D scanning which can be used to capture three-dimensional objects in less than a minute. There are many playful options to enjoy with 3D Creator, such as creating an avatar for use in the camera AR effects options, setting a live wallpaper, sharing on social media with your friends as a 3D sticker, or sending to a 3D printer to make it into a memorable keepsake.

Perhaps the more interesting product in this launch is the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact.

The Xperia XZ1 Compact has numerous features of its bigger brother, such as the speaker and MotionEye camera, but has a smaller 4.6 inch display.

On the imaging front, the XA1 Plus comes with a 23MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.4 and hybrid autofocus alongside an 8MP shooter at the front.

The Xperia XZ1 in moonlit blue. The most important is probably AptX HD, which means you'll get crystal clear audio over Bluetooth 5.0 headphones and speakers.

In both cases you're getting a 4.6-inch mobile with a shiny plastic finish (or space-worthy glass fibre woven plastic in the XZ1 Compact's case). It is powered an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 SoC and comes with 4GB RAM. You can now add Sony to the list. One of its features is better still than its bigger sibling, in that it has a wide-angle front-facing camera that can capture images reaching about twice as wide as most front-facing units.