Sony Joins the Smartphone Battle With Xperia XZ1
Sony’s latest flagship phone: Sony Xperia XZ1 is now out in the market. While its taking a year or two before Apple launches new iPhones, Sony releases new phones in a half-year span. This specific time of the mobile era, smartphone giants already released much-awaited devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note8, Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple iPhone X, Xiaomi Mi A1 and the list goes on; And Sony Xperia XZ1 will be their representative in this competitive battle of the smartphones.
Quick Specs of Sony Xperia XZ1:
- 19MP Motion Eye – Rear Camera
- 13MP Front Camera
- 5.2” Full HD HDR Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 2700mAh Battery
- 64 GB Internal Memory
- 4GB RAM
- Android Oreo
- Durable Corning Gorilla Glass
Being the first Android Phone to utilize Android Oreo is a thumbs up for Sony. Moreover, having the latest mobile platform of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835, makes this phone extra amazing also. However, the phone is not joining the bandwagon of dual rear camera system and having 6GB of RAM. Nevertheless, Sony is selling their flagship phone as a device for extraordinaire viewing experience with its Full HD HDR display. This display technology uses the same as with Bravia TV. Another possible selling point here is their latest innovative app, the 3D Creator, potentially as a new form in sharing images.
Moving forward with the unboxing, packaging design was the same as what was used in Sony Xperia XZ Premium (XZ1’s predecessor) which was only released few months ago. This fast-paced release of new phones could be their strategy on keeping up in the market, staying on the people’s mind.
Checking inside the box, you’ll get the usual set of accessories: the phone itself, reading materials, USB type-C cable, earphones and wall charger. First impression with the phone is it’s an all right. The design looks almost the same with the previous Xperias, screen is not bezel-less but looks stunning in its satin finish. Thanks to its finish, the phone feels good both in the eyes and in the hands, and the device is not a fingerprint magnet. Xperia XZ1 comes in four color variants: Moonlit Blue, Warm Silver, Black and Venus Pink. The one I have right now is in Warm Silver which looks very gorgeous and elegant.
Upon examining the phone, the unit was thin and manageable. Measuring 5.2 inches screen display, 7.4mm thick and weighing 155g, the phone’s dimensions is almost similar with Xperia XZ Premium. Perfect for long-hours usage of phone, not very tiring to hold and carry.
The sticker film at the back has this informative guide for sim/SD card slots and warning for cable, since this unit is using a type-C. On the right side is where you can find the tool-less sim/SD card slot. At the bottom part, the USB type-C port is located. The left side of the device is where all three main buttons is located, the power, volume and camera buttons; positioned conveniently for right-handed individuals. And on the top is where the audio jack is located.
The camera of Sony Xperia XZ1 is proud of three things, their motion eye technology, their 3D creator and their super slow motion.
The Xperia XZ1 uses Sony’s motion eye camera technology equipped with 19 megapixel rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0. While the front camera is in 13 megapixel. Few things you can do with the rear camera would be shooting 4K video and recording super-slow-motion video at a staggering 960fps. Moreover, a new trick added to the camera feature is capturing burst of shots on a moving subject while maintaning clear and focused images. Allowing you to take clear photos of kids or pets running, giving you awesome candid shots.
3D Creator allows you to scan and create 3D images of human faces, head, food or any static object. Creating 3D images using this app needs some serious practice though. It has easy to understand tutorials but will take some time to really learn it. Trying it out for the first time says that it detected lighting problems or too much sculpting exposure could affect the image.
To sum things up, Sony Xperia XZ1 can really be competitive in terms of performance because of the latest mobile platform and OS. The camera is not in dual lens system but it has features that can’t be found in other phones. Plus, pioneering in creating 3D images can really change the way people store and share images.
It’s smaller version, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, will be out in the market by next month, October 2017.