Sony Xperia XZ1: pricing, specs and availability

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Sony's Xperia XZ1 combines Sony's camera smarts and the intriguing promise of 3D scanning into an enticing premium handset.

Sony Xperia XZ1 at a glance

When does the Sony Xperia XZ1 come out? We're still waiting for an official release date in Australia, but it will launch on 19 September in the US.
What’s new about the Sony Xperia XZ1? A lot! Sony loves to pack a lot into their flagship phones, and this is a remarkable phone even by Xperia flagship standards. The one feature that has everyone either scratching their heads or dropping their jaws is the 3D scanning. Yes, a 3D scanner in your phone!
How much does the Sony Xperia XZ1 cost? There's no word on pricing yet, but don't expect it to come cheap.

What is the Sony Xperia XZ1?

The Xperia XZ1 is just another in the long line of Xperia phones which Sony apparently can't stop (or won't stop) releasing, no matter how confusing it is to keep up with them.

This particular phone is going to be running Android 8.0. It's also slightly smaller than the flagship XZ Premium, with a 5.2-inch display at Full HD resolution all bound up in a full-metal frame. Sorry, folks, there's no 4K screen on this one.

Will the Sony Xperia XZ1 be powerful?

Yes, it will. The phone utilizes the top-end octacore Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM. Given what the Xperia XZ1 is doing with its impressive camera, you'll need that power for everything to run smoothly.

Battery-wise, there's a fairly moderate 2,700mAh of power plus 64GB of storage. You'll also need to get ready to buy a bunch of new cables since you'll need to use USB-C cables to connect and charge the Sony Xperia XZ1.

Will the Xperia XZ1 have a good camera?

The rear snapper is a 19-megapixel beast which can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second. It also has the same slow-motion capture capabilities as the Xperia XZ Premium. That means you can get slow-motion clips at 960 frames per second. Hopefully, you live near a lot of hummingbirds to get the most from this.

The camera has a few interesting touches, such as a predictive mode that'll detect a smile and snap off three photos before you even hit the shutter button, letting you choose which one you prefer later. There's even a burst mode where the auto-focus will stay sharp while you tear through 100 shots in 10 seconds. And at 13-megapixels, the front camera is no slouch either. It can even record video at Full HD.

But the exciting part is the 3D scanning. The rear camera will scan an object and then save that as a 3D image. You can send the image to a 3D printer if you really need to, but Sony seems to be angling for the image to be worked into augmented reality.

Is the Xperia XZ1 water resistant?

The Xperia XZ1 features an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance as well as a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen. Just a little extra durability for when you're out and about.

When will the Xperia XZ1 be available in Australia?

It will be released in the US in September 2017, but we're not sure about Australia. Stay tuned for a date and the inevitable telco carrier deals.

How much will the Xperia XZ1 cost?

Again, nothing has been confirmed for Australia. The US is probably looking at US$699, but that doesn't always translate well into an Aussie price.


Sony Xperia XZ1 Specifications

Product Name
Sony Xperia XZ1
Display Size
5.2 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920
PPI
424ppi
Processor
Snapdragon 835
RAM
4GB
Storage
64GB
Operating System
Android 8.0
Front camera
13MP
Rear camera
19MP
Battery
2700mAh
Dimensions
148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm
Weight
155g
Price
$TBC

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