Sony's brand-new Xperia XZ1, XA1 get launch dates, pricing for SA

Kelley Robertson
September 1, 2017

In addition to a slew of advanced camera features, these new smartphones will be surprisingly the first non-Google products to be powered by the latest Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Trying to lure consumers into buying its new handsets, Sony released promo videos for each of them.

No word was said on Xperia XA1 Plus price.

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. To help answer those questions we've put the two phones head to head.

In many aspects, the Xperia XA1 Plus doesn't shy away from its family line. It'll be offered in black, silver, blue, and pink. Sony says it's working on direct connections to 3D printers, social networks, and games, to let you post objects in Facebook's 360 video format, for instance.

Perhaps the biggest design win for the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact though is that it's IP68 certified dust and water resistant, so it can survive the rain or even submersion. Wrapping up the premium design are four new colors, each inspired by natural light and the lovely arrival of the changing tones as morning arrives; Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and our classic Black. On the front, there is a 13MP sensor with a 22mm wide angle lens and an aperture of f/2.0 lens.

The Dh1,199 Xperia XA1 Plus will be available in stores towards the end of October. The OS isn't quite brand new, like the new Android Oreo-powered Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, but it will get the job done pretty darn well.

The Xperia XZ1 features a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel display with HDR, though the company has not revealed what standard of high dynamic range the phone supports.

For imaging duties, the Xperia XZ1 offers 19MP Exmor RS sensor with the ability to shoot slow motion video at 960 frames per second, predictive capture and 4K video recording.

Xperia XZ1 Compact is also a Dual-SIM device.

All the IP65/68 water resistance, Hi-Res audio, DSEE HX upscaling, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancelling and ClearAudio+ wizardry is there too, but the main design difference is that instead of the metal loop body, Sony has swapped this out for glass fibre reinforced with plastic.

This is where the Xperia XZ1 Compact is once again the superior smartphone.

The 2700 mAh battery is non-user replaceable with fast charging capability via USB type C port.

What are your thoughts about the next generation of Sony XZ1, XZ1 Compact and the mid-ranger - XA1 Plus devices? The phone comes with a 5.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. The Compact also packs a wide-angle front camera with 120 degrees field of view and the new 3D Creator for augmented reality.

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