Smartphones don’t really differ from each other especially in terms of designs. But this doesn’t stop manufacturers from putting out features that help their products stand out of the crowd. Recently the iPhone X was introduced with animated emojis, which are pretty cool if you like using animations for texting. The HTC also came up with a new way of interacting with the U11. It is called the squeeze function or Edge Sense. For some, all these features are no more than just gimmicks to draw attention. Gimmicks or not, some of these features are actually useful, like the 3D-scanning on the Sony Xperia XZ1.
Many Sony Smartphones are known for their rectangular and sharp edges. It is a good signature style because rounded corners are very common. The Sony Xperia XZ1 doesn’t try to break barriers with a futuristic design. In fact, it still maintains the design language that made the Xperia series popular. It weighs 156 gr and measures 7.4 mm in thickness. It may not be the most comfortable phone to hold, but those who’ve used other Xperia series won’t have a problem with it. Metal is the material used to build the phone, so durability isn’t compromised. The shutter, power button, and volume rockers are lined up on the right side. Meanwhile, the USB Type-C port is located at the bottom. The handset also boasts water resistance, as evidenced by the IP68 rating.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 only offers a 5.2-inch display. It is pretty average since 5.5-displays have become the norm these days. However, not everyone is comfortable operating a Smartphone with both hands. This size gives comfort for one-hand operation. With a 1920 x 1080 resolution, you won’t see any noticeable pixelation. It is also ideal for enjoying multimedia content, like pictures and videos. The color gamut coverage is impressive, which means colors look pop. It’s true that display is comparable to popular flagships, but the XZ1 still can’t keep up with the Samsung Galaxy S8 in outdoor visibility.
Camera is quite a highlight of this phone. It has a 19 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. It includes many features, too, like phase-detect and laser autofocus for speedy lock-on in various lighting environments. Photos show lots of detail and look crisp although the colors are a bit oversaturated. The low-light performance is good, but not the best. Images still look grainy and noisy.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 utilizes an Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 processor for performance. It is the same chip that powers the Galaxy Note 8. This alone ensures smooth performance. Combined with 4GB of RAM and the newest Android 8 Oreo, you can count on it for doing daily basic tasks. The internal storage amounts to 64GB. Performance-wise, this handset is up there with other phones that use the same chipset. So if you have used the Galaxy S8 before, this is just as snappy. Ordinary tasks like web browsing and streaming can be handled very well. Gaming experience is also excellent. Graphics-heavy titles can be played without a sweat. In contrast to the performance, battery-life isn’t as great it seems. It lasts around 11 hours or so in video playback. It is not bad by any means, but can’t hold a candle to the OnePlus 5 that can reach 20 hours in the same mode.
Sony Xperia XZ1 specs:
- 5.2-inch (1,920 x 1,080) IPS display
- Octa-core Snapdragon 835 proccessor
- 19 MP rear camera, 13 MP front camera
- 4GB of RAM, 64GB of RAM
- MicroSD card slot
- 2,700 mAh battery