Both devices feature a slight redesign of Sony’s typical smartphone design language, but you’ll still recognize it from a distance almost immediately. What Sony wants you to focus on, however, is the fancy new camera.
You’ll get a premium 19-megapixel sensor on both phones, and that includes Sony’s unique predictive capture feature. Essentially, the phone tries to guess when you’re actually going to want to snap a photo by capturing an image a few seconds before you hit the shutter button. That should theoretically cut down on any missed or blurred shots, but you’ll be putting a lot of trust in the software. The camera can also shoot 4k video and offers Sony’s SteadyShot stabilization instead of OIS that we’re seeing in other devices.
Sony is using the Snapdragon 835 with 4GB of RAM in both phones, and the XZ1 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display while the XZ1 Compact sports a 4.6-inch 720p display. Performance on these phones should be stellar due to the relatively lower screen resolution, but it’s odd to see a top tier flagship device launch in 2017 with a 1080p display. Sony’s obviously not banking on VR.
The bigger phone gets 64GB of storage while the smaller phone gets 32GB, and both have expandable storage. They’re both IP68 rated, and they’ll both have fingerprint scanners only in countries that are not the US. Yep, that’s still how it’s gonna be. They’re also among the very first devices to launch with Android Oreo.
The Xperia XZ1 line will be available in black, blue, silver, or pink, and the larger of the two goes on sale on September 19th for $699. The Xperia XZ1 Compact will be sold on October 4th for $599.
Don’t act surprised about those prices. We’re still talking about Sony, after all.