One can not expect major changes in design: externally, the XZ1 is the same XZ Premium, presented in March this year at the MWC 2017. Instead of glass, Sony chose metal this time: the body of the smartphone is made of a solid aluminum sheet without any joints, and the display is covered with a rounded 2.5-D Gorilla Glass.
The XZ1 has a 5.2-inch display diagonal, which is smaller than the XZ Premium. The resolution has also decreased - from redundant 4K in most situations to traditional Full HD. However, support for the HDR + format remains, and at the moment Sony smartphones are the only ones in the world capable of playing content from Netflix and Amazon Prime in high dynamic range mode.
Sony Xperia XZ1 © sony.ru
But the most attention was paid to the camera at the presentation: both the XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact have the same module as the XZ Premium, the IMX 400. Its unique feature is a built-in memory module, where information from the camera is stored directly. This allows the smartphone to shoot in super slow-mo mode at 960 frames per second: the device records only 0.2 seconds of video, but during playback, the video stretches to six seconds. At the moment, this is the only smartphone with such functionality.
The memory module is also used in predictive shooting mode: the camera starts taking photos even before you press the shutter button. As a result, the smartphone almost instantly creates four frames, from which you can then choose the ones you like. In the XZ1, the company has improved this mode: now the camera can track and smile.
A similar mode, Autofocus Burst, according to Sony, came to mobile photography from professional cameras. In it, the camera automatically tracks a fast-moving subject and allows you to shoot continuously, creating up to 15 frames per second in sharp focus.
In addition, using a smartphone, you can “scan” objects and create their three-dimensional models. So far, the function is rather entertaining: try, for example, digitizing yourself and using the result on the web as a virtual avatar. Or insert your face into some famous Internet meme. However, in the future, such functionality will allow you to create full-fledged replicas of models on a 3D printer or use it when developing video games.
It's hard to say how well the smartphone will shoot in everyday life after fifteen minutes of acquaintance with it - however, the shooting speed is really impressive. The camera instantly captures the subject when you press the button and immediately displays the image on the screen. This, of course, is not yet enough to call the XZ1 a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S8 or HTC U11 in terms of photography, but the operation of the memory module is noticeable to the naked eye.
Traditionally for Sony, the XZ1 is one of the most sophisticated smartphones on the market. It runs on the top processor at the moment - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. RAM - 4 gigabytes, internal memory - 64 GB in UFC format. This is the first smartphone capable of working on gigabit networks. The only thing that is confusing is the 2700 mAh battery, but the company representatives promise that without recharging the device can work for a day without any problems.
Sony did not refuse the audio input for headphones. What's more, the XZ1 Premium has a 5-pin 3.5-pin jack that allows for Hi-Res audio and noise canceling features. The smartphone uses the proprietary Sony LDAC codec, which, in connection with the cooperation with Google, will become the standard in Android starting from the eighth version. It "overclocks" the speed of Bluetooth and allows you to listen to almost lossless audio through wireless headphones. So far, only Sony accessories work with it. Unfortunately, there will be no headphones included with the smartphone.
The XZ1 will go on sale in Russia this fall in four matte colors: black, gray, blue and pink. The price has not been disclosed yet.
Together with the XZ1, Sony has introduced a compact version of the flagship - the Xperia XZ1 Compact. It has the same processor and camera module as in the older model, but a smaller display (4.6 inches) and its resolution (HD versus Full HD). Fiberglass is used as the body material.
Sony XZ1 Compact © sony.ru
Despite the more modest appearance, the XZ1 Compact seems in many ways even more interesting than its older brother. This is a rare for today really compact flagship: it fits perfectly in one hand, but at the same time retains all the main features of the XZ1 - powerful hardware and a camera with a memory module. And the front camera is even better here: it allows you to take pictures with a viewing angle of 120 degrees instead of the standard eighty on the XZ1. However, it does not have support for two SIM cards and gigabit networks. The XZ1 Compact will be available in four colors: black, white, pale blue and pink.
The third Sony smartphone presented at IFA is the XA1 Plus. He plays in the mid-range segment. It has a simpler camera (the same as in the Xperia Z5), a MediaTek Helio P20 processor and a plastic case. But there are practically no side frames, which is why in many ways it looks even more advantageous than older models.
At first glance, the weakest point of the new Sony lineup is, oddly enough, design. Hardly anyone will have any complaints about the quality of materials and workmanship of the same XZ1, but the impressive display frames (bottom and top) look quite archaic. Especially against the background of the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 presented in the same month. Sonythey also put hardware on the camera - and in terms of technology, only a few companies on the market can compete with them. But this has a downside: if buyers and journalists forgave him for the imperfection and roughness of the same Galaxy S8 because of the crazy design, and the morally outdated appearance of the iPhone 7 Plus was largely redeemed by the dual camera and ecosystem, then the XZ1 is simply deprived of the right to make a mistake. … It will be all the more interesting to see what Sony got in the end - a technologically flawless smartphone or just “another flagship of 2017”.>