Sony unveils premium Xperia XZ1 smartphone, mid-range XA1 Plus at Ifa

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Here's how the XZ1 Compact compares with the older X Compact, and as you'll see, it's a serious upgrade in pretty much every respect. In a fast-changing smartphone market, Sony might be chided for repeatedly putting new wine into old wineskins. Today the Japanese giant finally took off the covers of these devices and we can see them for ourselves.

The Xperia XZ1 from Sony was leaked in HD renders. The stereo speakers are part of located at the top and bottom part of the front. The fingerprint sensor is on the side of the device, as always. Also included is the power button housing the fingerprint scanner (not available in the US). There's also a standard headphone jack as well as a USB-C port. Overall, the device is thinner and lighter than its predecessor.

The Xperia XA1 Plus is powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 processor paired with 3/4GB of RAM and a 3,430mAh battery with Pump Express + 2.0 quick charging support. However, it could be due to the efficiency of the Snapdragon 835 chipset which requires lower power.

And indeed, the newly unveiled XZ1 sports some fun new camera tricks. Sony Xperia users will have to wait to know which features the new update will bring to the table for the devices since Sony is not clear on that end yet. The changes lie mostly in the design and the display. However, the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is marginally slimmer and heavier at 9.3mm thick and 143g to the Xperia X Compact's 9.5mm and 135g. As we have mentioned earlier, the design principles justify Sony's typical moniker with a clean-cut yet flat design.

We have predicted the coming of the XA1, but we didn't think it would be a "Plus" model.

Since the rumored Xperia XA1 Plus is expected to arrive with a 5.5-inch display, this new handset will slot itself between Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra phones.

These smartphones come with some noteworthy features such as MotionEye camera with 3D-image sensing, Hi-Res audio, HDR display.

One of these is the arrival of Sony's Motion Eye camera tech, built using know-how from Sony's Cyber-shot cameras, to give life-like images that Sony claims are like no other taken by a smartphone.

To capture you fun moments more beautifully, the phone has 23 MP back camera. It packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded using a microSD card (up to 256GB). The Xperia XZ1 is made out of metal with glass on the front.

By far the coolest new feature, though, is 3D scanning. There are several distinctive modes to make use of as well.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will admittedly face an uphill battle against the new flagships this half of the year. The 8-megapixel front camera, meanwhile, has a wide-angle mode. The XZ1 (unlocked) will be up for grabs from September 19th at Amazon and Best Buy and the XZ1 Compact will be available starting October 4th in the US.

The Xperia X Compact sadly can't shoot 4K video, topping off at Full HD footage. The XZ1 will come in Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and Black, while the XZ1 Compact will be offered in White Silver, Black, Horizon Blue, and Twilight Pink. Black, blue, silver, turquoise, pink and red are the colors you can pick from.

Somehow, Sony has managed to put the same size battery in the XZ1 Compact as the bigger model.