Meet the new additions to the Sony Xperia family: the XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact

Meet the new additions to the Sony Xperia family: the XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact
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The ever-growing Sony Xperia family of smartphones has welcomed two new members: the Xperia XZ1 and its baby brother, the Xperia XZ1 Compact.

Both models offer outstanding functionality and are the first ever Android smartphones to come with the Android Oreo 8.0 interface pre-installed on as standard. The XZ1 Compact offers almost all of the same functionality as its larger counterpart but is just 4.6-inches large and is easily usable on one hand. It’s also more battery-efficient, so if you’re on the go a lot may be your ideal digital companion. Compared to other Sony compact models, the XZ1 Compact gives fantastic value for money without compromising on performance.

The XZ1 has a 5.2-inch display and 7.4mm thick, making it a couple of millimetres thinner than its compact counterpart; but is 15g heavier. This is largely down to the materials used to create its exterior. The XZ1 is made of metal but the XZ1 Compact is primarily made of plastic with a metal finish. The classic Sony ‘loop surface’ is present on both designs but is a little curvier than their predecessors. Both models are IP68 certified for dust and water resistant, and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

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Security on both the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact models comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor, and the camera and button layouts are identical on both. On the camera, there is one big differences: the 13-megapixel front camera on the XZ1 overshadows the XZ1 Compact’s 8-megapixel. However, the Compact comes with the ability to take ‘super-wide’ selfies to make up for, extending the field of vision to 120 degrees. Both models benefit from Sony’s auto-burst photo option, a super-slow-motion tool and ‘smile capture’ mode. Video quality differs more, though both phones use Sony’s Triluminos display to reinforce colours and provide high quality. The XZ1 is HDR compliant, but the XZ1 Compact is not.

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Both new models have an interesting new feature not seen before on Sony devices: 3D Scanning. This allows the primary camera to scan real-life objects and use them as background photos or stickers on other imagery and in conversations. Those who have access to a 3D printer will even be able to re-print these scans in real life!

Sony have installed the best processor on the market into both models, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 for fantastic speed and performance. Backed up with 4GB of RAM and a 2,700mAh battery, the pair make for impressive mobile devices, but the Compact model’s battery life is better due to its lower resolution display.

Whichever model you opt for with the new Xperia range, you can rest assured that it’ll make a welcome contribution to your digital life. Gadgetwear stock a great range of Xperia accessories for your every digital want and need!


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