As expected, Sony brought the big guns to this year’s IFA. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are both finally official and yes, both are true flagship offers. It seems the Japanese giant has really taken the mission to saturate its flagship lineup to heart.
Starting off with the Xperia XZ1 and its 5.2-inch, FullHD display, it appears to be intended as sort of a runner-up to the XZ Premium. While the panel’s resolution might be lower, it is still and excellent TRILUMINOS, X-Reality unit, with HDR support and 138% sRGB coverage. It borrows the cutting-edge Snapdragon 835 chipset and 19MP, Exmor RS, among other things as well. However, it is much more closely related to the Xperia XZ, as a more or less direct successor to its form factor.
Speaking of which, the devil lies in the details, and both the XZ1 and its Compact sibling have quite a few interesting new design specifics to boast about. The older three-piece construction has been replaced by a new unibody two-piece setup – metal on the XZ1 and a plastic compound for the Compact. Sony refers to it as a “loop surface”.
The XZ1 also comes with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, a new distinctive antenna design and a choice of four colors: Black, Warm Silver, Moonlit Blue and Venus Pink.
The side-mounted power button/fingerprint reader combo is still an integral part of the formula as well. And despite the design changes, the whole 147 x 73.4 x 7.4mm, 155-gram body is still IP65/68 certified.
In terms of hardware, besides the Snapdragon 835 chip, you also get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of…