Sony IFA 2017: Xperia XZ1, Xperia XA1 Plus & XZ1 Compact unveiled

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Sony IFA 2017: Xperia XZ1, Xperia XA1 Plus & XZ1 Compact unveiled

Finally, the smaller version the "Compact" is a true flagship too!

Now, let's talk about the flagship Xperia XZ1 phone.

Speaking of local variants, most markets will get 4GB of RAM on the XA1 Plus, except for South America and the U.S., which get the 3GB model. Just like the XZ Premium the XZ1 display has full support for HDR content.

We'd also expect to see devices from a number of other sectors that Sony dabbles in, including cameras, speakers, and headphones. The stereo speakers are part of located at the top and bottom part of the front. Thanks to its dust-resistant and waterproof IP65 and IP68 certification - the highest possible waterproof rating - Sony claims that the Xperia XZ1 can be safely dunked in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5m. It isn't yet clear if it will be disabled in the U.S. but we do suppose so.

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. There is 2700 mAh battery powering the compact and small device that comes with Quick Charge 3.0 facility. To help answer those questions we've put the two phones head to head. The colours are White Silver, Black, Horizon Blue and Twilight Pink.

Xperia XZ1 Compact is also a Dual-SIM device. It features a Snapdragon 835 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The latest Compact boasts the high-end Snapdragon 835 chip, and a 19MP camera capable of 960fps bursts, but retains the 4.6-inch display (720x1280) form factor.

The XZ1 and XZ1Compact are also packing a new built-in feature for 3D scanning. It can record in 1080p. The Xperia XZ1 Compact also comes with the new 3D Creator feature.

Both the smartphones have even been listed on the Indian website of the company with a Coming Soon status which means they might arrive on our shores by the end of the month.

Unliks XZ1 phones, XA1 Plus doesn't run on Oreo but will come with Nougat. Featuring a reduced HD (720 x1280) Triluminous IPS LCD panel. There is no IP certificate to be found here. The same goes for connectivity options - NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, with aptX support, a USB Type-C port, VoLTE, Cat.4 or Cat.6 LTE, depending on the region.

It's going to largely be subjective as to which is better, but otherwise these are very similar looking phones, with a similarly rectangular design and a distinctive power button on the side, packing a fingerprint scanner (unless you're in the US).

The main camera unit is 23MP with f/2.0 aperture and has a single LED flash.

All the three new Sony Xperia phones will be available starting September last week for purchase. In Kenya, these prices should translate to about Ksh 70,000 and Ksh 60,000, respectively, but we still don't know when - or if - the phones will hit the Kenyan shelves.

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