Sony Xperia XZ1
Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to take a look at Sony Xperia XZ1 Review. Sony has manufactured quite a few smartphones over at the time and the Xperia XZ1 is the latest smartphone that was announced just a few weeks ago in Berlin. So, let’s get started-
Build & Design: –
Sony hasn’t really changed the design of their smartphones for a couple of years. Now, some users/people hate it mainly because of those huge bezels on the top and bottom. Actually, they want something different or new from the Company.
Besides those huge bezels, the Xperia XZ1 looks and feels premium. It is constructed entirely of metal and it just screams quality.
As usual to Sony smartphones that the Camera is one of the key selling points. The new Xperia XZ1 sports in 19-megapixels Motion-Eye sensor which lacks some features like optical image stabilization but it has quite a few standout features.
Other features include an IP68 grade for water and dust resistance. A dedicated two-stage camera button, a notification LED light that fixes next to a beefy 13-megapixels camera and a side mounted fingerprint scanner that I found to be very accurate and fast.
There are front-facing speakers to make the best out of that extra space on the top and bottom. These are not the best sounding front-firing speakers but the sound quality is still pretty good. I found the sound quality via the headset jack to be excellent. You can also tweak the sound in a variety of ways using built-in equalizers and enhancements.
It has a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display which is great for both indoor and outdoor use. It is also covered with a Gorilla Glass 5. The display is sharp, the text is easy to read and photos are rendered with a high-quality of detail. The Xperia XZ1 display supports HDR Compliant which is quite impressive for videos and it makes for the enjoyable viewing experience. Due to the Triluminos Display Technology, the display is exceptionally vibrant and also due to the 424 PPI which is very impressive for a display of the size.
The Camera application takes images very fast and it has one of these standout features. 960 fps Slow-Motion video recording, it may sound like a gimmick but it is actually a cool feature as you are able to capture amazing slow-motion video. The downside is that you can capture only a few seconds of slow-motion while you’re recording. In other words, you can’t record the entire video in 960 fps. You should click the slow-motion button at the right moment yourself.
One of the innovative features is the 3D Creator application that allows you to scan, share or even printing 3D straight from the device. The 3D creator application comes pre-installed on the smartphone and uses the main camera to build a detailed 3D model of the face, head, food or pretty much other any object you may fancy capturing in 3D. I am quite impressed with this feature, it’s very cool.
Each flagship phone can take great photos in good lighting conditions. That’s why I took most of the images on a cloudy and rainy day to see what this powerful camera is capable of. In general, the picture quality is pretty nice. There is a good amount of detail and colour reproduction is usually accurate.
The low-light camera performance is quite good but I would definitely love to see some more detail and less noise.
Selfie picture quality is not bad but I honestly, I expected sharper looking photos from that 13-megapixel camera.
The 4K video looks great as the footage is sharp and detailed also with the Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) does a good job reducing the shakiness. The continuous autofocus works fine. The 1080p video looks good but there is less detailed than the 4K footage.
The 1080p selfie video looks quite good too but it’s not the best I’ve seen. There could definitely be more detail. The sound recording quality is excellent.
Performance & Memory: –
The Sony Xperia XZ1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which clocked at Octa-Core 2.35GHz Processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of storage. The storage will be expandable up to 256GB via the microSD card.
As expected all the latest 3D games just fly on this device and it does not have any overheating issues even after 30 minutes of gaming.
The XZ1 is also fast and fluid on the daily basis even though I installed a lot of applications that are running in the background. The XZ1 is one of the first smartphones that ships with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Obviously, there are some design changes and added features. But in general, Sony kept that stock Android look and feel.
A few features that I use include the ability to select from quite a few themes or wallpaper. You can also adjust display settings or quickly launch the camera by pressing a camera button or double tapping the power button. There are some Sony assist features if you want to customize the phone even further.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 has a 2700 milliamp-hours battery performs very well considering its low capacity. Even though I usually have a lot of applications running in the background. I could still get almost 7 hours of screen on time which is a very impressive result. The smartphone supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 feature but it ships just with a regular charger. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the device.
The Xperia XZ1 does not bring any significant changes to the Sony’s all other smartphones, especially if I talk about the design. Still, the phone preserves that iconic look by not following the trend of near bezel as displays and there are still plenty of Sony fans out there that appreciate that. The camera still needs some polishing to unleash its full potential but it excels by bringing quite a few extra features that other smartphones lack.
Besides that I found the XZ1 want to be a very solid phone that is fast and responsive all the time. If you want all those features that are packed into a premium all-metal body, you will need to sell out about $600 a flagship phone price.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Sony Xperia XZ1||Rs 44,959|
|Sony Xperia XZ1||$ 579.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Single or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||148 x 73.4 x 7.4mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920p (424 PPI)|
|CAMERA||Rear||19-MP, F/2.0, 25mm, EIS, Predictive Phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash|
|Front||13-MP, F/2.0, 22mm, 1/3″ sensor size, EIS, 1080p|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps|
|Features||1/2.3″ sensor size, 1.22μm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.35GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass, Barometer, Colour Spectrum|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual Band, Hotspot, WiFi Direct, DLNA|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS & NFC|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker with Stereo Speakers & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2700 mAh|
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