Sony announces Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact at IFA Berlin

More Sony smartphones incoming: Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus announced at IFA 2017

On the first look, the XZ1 Compact looks like every other Xperia smartphone with a huge forehead and a chin.

We'd also expect to see devices from a number of other sectors that Sony dabbles in, including cameras, speakers, and headphones. Trying to lure consumers into buying its new handsets, Sony released promo videos for each of them. The design of the XZ1 Compact is much more boxy than the larger sized version, although both models feature the same matte metal construction. The new Xperia XA1 Plus is a mid-ranger that can best be described as a blend of the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra announced at MWC in February.

Xperia XZ1 is powered by the cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with X16 LTE, created to provide blazing fast Gigabit LTE downloads speeds (up to 1Gbps) and performance to enjoy a modern lifestyle whilst working or having fun. If you're restrained with your media streaming and the rest you can even make it to a full two days, especially with Android Nougat's improved efficiency. Moreover, you also get 2700 mAh battery which is the same as its bigger Xperia XZ1.

Both devices feature a slight redesign of Sony's typical smartphone design language, but you'll still recognize it from a distance nearly immediately. They also both offer 2700mAh battery capacities, charged via USB Type-C and they are both IP65/68 water and dust resistant.

The XZ1 will be available in Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink and Moonlit Blue colour options when it becomes available. The company is definitely continuing to push the envelope on imaging, even including a 13-megapixel front-facing camera for super-detailed selfies, I guess. Meanwhile the Xperia XZ1 Compact will follow on come October 4, priced at $599.99. Sony's Compact handsets are among the very few sub-5-inch smartphones you can get right now, yet last year's Xperia X Compact was sadly a bit of a let-down. The Xperia XZ1 Compact meanwhile, has a slightly smaller 4.6-inch 720p display with no HDR and it opts for a unified body again but made from glass fibre woven plastic rather than aluminium.

Xperia XZ1 Compact is also a Dual-SIM device. Both devices have a slightly redesigned look and both come with a new built-in 3D-scanning feature.

The Xperia XZ1 arrives with Sony's Walkman and PlayStation companion apps as usual, as well as many new augmented reality camera features and built-in noise cancellation technologies.

Optics wise, the smartphone has the similar 13MP ear camera as the Xperia XZ1.

As well as the new 3D feature, there have been tweaks to the predictive capture feature on the camera, too (now on be default in the settings), which not only detects movement but also smiles. Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 835 platform runs the show, which is a massive step up in terms of power.

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