Sony Xperia XZ1 | A Super Phone In A Well Acquainted Shell


Sony has launched its new flagship phone at IFA called the Xperia XZ1. Sony has been long struggling in the mobile phone department and we might know what the cause of that is, but later on that. Xperia XZ1 is an ambitious phone with all the boxes checked except for two of the most important ones which are not related to the phone’s performance.

Phone manufacturers are going in one direction but Sony is taking another direction to reach huge sales. Frankly, we think the execs at Sony need to revisit their strategy in their mobile department and follow the industry. It is high time Sony changed the design of their phones.

Xperia XZ1 now has a unibody design which is a departure from the earlier 3 part design. This is a welcome change as the phone feels like a single complete device. There are those ugly bezels which accompany Sony phones. It is high time that Sony made a departure from those huge bezels. Apart from the bezels, the phone feels complete. Xperia XZ1 has a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM. This is more than enough to run all your apps and perform the most demanding multitasking. The phone comes with 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB. The phone has a hybrid configuration of the SIM tray which lets you use two SIMs at once or use the other slot as expandable storage. The phone will be launching with Android Oreo 8.0. This is something Sony can be proud of since other flagships like LG V30 aren’t launching with Android 8.0.

The phone has a 5.2 FHD HDR display. The display is said to be one of the best. HDR coupled with Sony’s own home cooked display tech like Triluminos display and Bravia engine adds life to images. As the story of 2017 has been, Xperia XZ1’s most significant feature is the camera. Sony has already been leading in the camera department. They have now pushed the limits and improved the camera even more. Sony’s 19MP Motion Eye camera has the same capabilities as before but with improved features. The camera has an aperture of f/2.3 inches which slow motion capabilities of recording up to 960fps. There is predictive capture but now the camera also has autofocus burst that lets you capture the best pictures without losing focus of the object. There is 5-aixs stabilization on board as well that helps keeping images from distorting. Xperia XZ1 can record video in 4K as well with stereo audio recording. Xperia XZ1 can also capture a 3D image which we found very impressive.

The phone is powered by a 2,700mAh battery, which is lesser than the one on Xperia XZs which had a battery capacity of 2,900mAh. The phone supports QuickCharge 3.0 and has Qnovo technology built-in which saves your battery from getting damaged.

The area in which Sony Xperia XZ1 lacks is the design and the software. It is high time Sony should reduce its bezels as the industry is moving towards bezel-less displays. On top of it, they should have some modifications made to the UI as well which improves the usability of the phone. Sony really needs to change its game if it is to survive in this ever competitive smartphone market or else it will have to make an unfortunate exit. The technologies that Sony incorporates in their phones really make it stand out but due to lack of proper marketing most people don’t know what Sony phones have to offer and develop less interest.

Let us know what you think of the latest Sony flagship. Will you give it a chance or rather buy the newly announced LG V30.

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Max has been writing for tech blogs since 2008. He always had a knack for tech and pursued it professionally. After graduating from Fordham University, Max has been writing for top newspapers and blogs. If Max is not found anywhere around gadgets he would be gone hiking or surfing.