Sony has today announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ1, in India. Remember, Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus only hit Indian shelves on September 29. The thick bezels on the top and bottom again look out of vogue in an era of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG V30 and so on. But then, is it the feature that will differentiate it from the crowd in the market? But I don't think there will be any issues on that front, going by the first impressions.
Sony hasn't said anything about the Xperia XZ1 Compact's arrival yet. The phone was launched today by Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony. The old three piece construction found on the Xperia XZ and XZs however has been replaced by a new metal unibody two piece setup on the XZ1. It runs on the latest Android 8.0 (Oreo) OS. The technology making this possible can lead to a lot of future-looking applications, one of them being overlaying your 3D heads can atop a favourite gaming character as you play that game. The top houses at the 3.5mm audio jack, while at the base, there is a USB Type-C port.
Although the device will be launched with a fingerprint sensor, the U.S. variant seems to lack the feature. There's also a dedicated camera button on the lower right edge.
Lastly, we have some sensible pricing from Sony.
Scans can be uploaded to social media, used to create 3D stickers for messenger apps or be printed into a memorable keepsake. Yes, it's an interesting feature, but it can't be the game-changer. You can scan people, objects and food.
It takes some time to get started with 3Dface scans.
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The premium Xperia lineups are known for their imaging abilities and the Xperia XZ1 is no different. The phone comes with 4GB RAM.
Powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, the model comes along with an Adreno 540 GPU and has an Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.
"Xperia XZ1" comes with 64GB inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 256GB.
The XZ1 is not a big departure from Sony smartphones of ols but more of an iterative refresh.
"There is a 19MP main sensor with Exmor RS sensor, 5-axis stabilization, 1/2.3" sensor, f/2.0 lens and is also capable of recording 4K videos.