Sony Xperia XZ1 Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Sony Xperia XZ1, by Sony

- Analysis by KJ David


Sony's 2017 Xperia XZ1, much like most other flagship-class models in this smartphone series, hosts a bevy of high-tech multimedia specs, obviously to attract the tech-savvy Android user.

Headlining its top-notch bundle of pros and cons is a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera decorated with sophisticated features, such as a whopping 960fps Super Slow Motion video capture option , Predictive Hybrid Autofocus (with Autofocus Burst) , and the BIONZ mobile image processor . Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video-recording joins in as well. On the flipside, it touts a 13-megapixel Exmor-RS-sensor selfie camera with Sony's SteadyShot 5-axis stabilization system (Also featured by its main cam). Introduced alongside its cameras is 3D Creator , a creativity suite that lets users scan a person or object, transform it into a 3D avatar, and print it out -- the XZ1 is one of the first smartphones to deliver such pro.

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Despite its encouraging imaging capabilities, the XZ1 awkwardly only comes with 64GB of internal storage , whereas some of its high-tier rivals shoot for as high as 128GB or 256GB. Moreover, it is not very ambitious in terms of external memory, seeing that its up-to-256GB top-up support shudders in comparison to the 2TB microSD allowances of some premium-caliber models. Having said that, 256GB of extra space is not half bad, at least around its September 2017 market entry. Another rather unsettling con is its 2700mAh-only battery capacity that at least comes bundled with Sony's Smart Stamina 3.0, Quick Charge 3.0, and Qnovo Adaptive Charging .

Fortunately for tech junkies like us, its processing components do not follow its battery and memory down the sub-high-end road. Instead, the XZ1 shoots for a premium-tier shelf with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU (2.45GHz max clock rate) and 4GB RAM . These sit right under its 5.2-inch FHD-1080p HDR TRILUMINOS display with the X-Reality engine for mobile . We would have loved to see a Quad HD (1440p) screen definition, though, if only to level with some of its flagship contemporaries.

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Also among the Sony Xperia XZ1's pros and cons is the brand's trademark PS4 Remote Play feature , which lets you snap a PS4 controller onto the phone. In charge of the audio department are familiar Sony Xperia facets like ClearAudio+ and DSEE HX . As for its physique, the XZ1 is fitted with a Gorilla Glass 5 panel over its display and an IP68/65 waterproof body holding all its features together.

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Crowned by the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system as well as a choice between colors like Moonlit Blue and Venus Pink, the Xperia XZ1 is bound for the pockets of users who lean heavily towards multimedia, productivity, and performance.

** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ1


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