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the Sony Xperia XZ1 is a great smartphone that combines some of the best from the Sony Xperia XZs and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium into a single device .
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  • Premium metal body
  • Great performance
  • Fingerprint recognition not available in the US
  • No camera OIS
  • No wireless charging
  • Questionable value proposition
  • Same old design

Sony Xperia XZ1

the Sony Xperia actually wants the latest addition to Sony’s flagship lineup, I think the count is up to three so far, with so many big releases these days is it an enticing enough to convince you to go Sony !!

we are and this is our Sony Xperia XZ1 Review .

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with the Sony Xperia XZ1 sony prints the familiar squared off Xperia design, but it’s been upgraded to a premium aluminum uni-body, ours is in moonlit blue, the size is pretty manageable, built around a 5.2 inch display, its snow behemoths .

the top and bottom are plastic, but this helps with connectivity along with the looped antenna bands on the sides, at the bottom is a USB type-c port with support for USB 3.1, and at the top is a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack, we’re glad to have it but audio quality through the jack is only average in terms of loudness and clarity .

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if you switch to the loudspeaker though you’ll enjoy a stereo setup, sony has tweaked its stereo speakers to deliver a more balanced stereo effect on the Sony Xperia XZ1, way better than a single speaker but it leaves more to be desired volume wise .

there are 64 gigs of built-in storage and is expandable through a hybrid sim microSD slot, the phone won’t restart if you open this as long as you don’t touch the SIM tray .

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the power button / fingerprint reader is located on the side of the Sony Xperia XZ1, it is fast, the loo reader isn’t functional for users in the US, and the surface of the Sony Xperia XZ1 is sealed so water won’t get in and damage your phone .

a front on the Sony Xperia XZ1 is a 5.2 inch LCD display in 1080p, it’s not qhd or 4k but the full HD resolution looks nicely sharp to our eyes, and is compatible with high dynamic range content from both Netflix and Amazon video .

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it’s brighter than the Sony Xperia XZ at almost 600 nits, a contrast is about the same and sunlight legibility is great .

the Sony Xperia XZ1 runs Sony’s Xperia launcher, it’s pretty close to stock Android but it does have quite a few preloaded apps, both proprietary and otherwise .

this is one of the first phones to have the newest Android 8.0 Oreo, most of the updates from new guitar under the hood, but there are some new features available, for example Oreos new picture and picture mode allows you to watch a video on a floating window while doing other tasks on your phone, and now when you long press on an app you can go directly to a list of options .


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you can also customize the looks of your UI with themes and wallpapers from the theme store, but one of the highlights of the EXCI one is the 3d Creator, which is the camera to scan a person’s face or an object and render it in 3d .

this scan can then be used as a digital avatar or even for 3d printing, the results are okay maybe a bit creepy, but all of the processing is done inside the Sony Xperia XZ1 itself, pretty impressive .

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behind all these features is a snapdragon 835 chipset with 4 gigabytes of RAM, in benchmarks as performance is about the same as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium , it’s not a chart-topper but in real-world tasks the Sony Xperia XZ1 runs smooth and fast with no hiccups .

the Sony Xperia XZ1 has a 2700 mAh power battery, smaller than the Sony Xperia XZs, but battery life is surprisingly better in our proprietary tests, probably due to the efficient 10 nanometer chipset and optimizations from Android Oreo and with quick charge 3.0 support you can get over 60% charge in 30 minutes .

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the Sony Xperia XZ1 has the same 19 megapixel f2.0 camera as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Sony Xperia XZs, no dual cameras here .

with a dedicated hardware key it’s easy to take a quick shot and the built-in RAM buffer helps the camera take and process pictures really fast, as expected the Sony Xperia XZ1’s camera quality is on par with the siblings, in good light there’s plenty of detail and accurate colors, great contrast and a wide dynamic range .

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zooming in you can see some noise suppression artifacts though, with predictive capture the camera can detect fast movement or a smile and start snapping before you even press the shutter, it’s supposed to make it so you don’t miss the moment, but it doesn’t always turn on when you need it .

auto focus burst is making its debut on the Sony Xperia XZ1, during a burst shot and enables the camera to refocus between every single shot, handy if your subject is moving .

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in low-light the lack of OIS makes for really soft pictures, even with a tripod it can be hit or miss in auto mode, a manual though you can tweak it to make a nice shot, overall it’s not bad but it’s lacking behind his flagship competitors in low-light .

for selfies the Sony Xperia XZ1 has a 13 megapixel f 2.0 front cam with autofocus, shots have plenty of detail and great dynamic range although we did note that beautification is always on in Auto mode .

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video recording is pretty similar to the Sony Xperia XZ premium but the UI has changed, 4k video is now in the resolution selection instead of a whole separate mode .

4k videos have plenty of detail great contrast and natural colors, 1080p videos have really good quality too and at 30fps you get five axes steady shot active electronic stabilization .

of course we didn’t forget the cameras capability for super slow-mo video at 960 frames per second, the videos are in 720p resolution and are at normal speed until you press the button that slows it all down, for split seconds .

it is sort of tricky to open this up on the fly, the quality is decent if you have good lighting, and you can literally freeze a moment in time .

so overall the Sony Xperia XZ1 is a great smartphone that combines some of the best from the Sony Xperia XZs and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium into a single device .

on top of that it brings some new features and having Android oreo is definitely a big plus, but if you’re not a Sony fan this year’s competition has moved on and nearby solace displays and offers equally good specs, if you’re after a sony phone though this is one of the best to come out yet .

Update - 2019.02.16

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Specification: Sony Xperia XZ1



2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – F8341, F8342, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 – G8341, G8342, G8342

4G bands



HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (4CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps






2017, August


Available. Released 2017, September


148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm (5.83 x 2.89 x 0.29 in)


155 g (5.47 oz)


Front glass, aluminum body


Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

IP68 dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Display Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

5.2 inches, 74.5 cm2 (~68.6% screen-to-body ratio)


1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 ppi density)


Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Other screen features

HDR10, Triluminos display, X-Reality Engine

Operation System

Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)


Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm)


Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)


Adreno 540

Memory Card Slot

microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only

Internal Memory

64 GB, 4 GB RAM

Main Camera

19 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/2.3", 1.22µm, predictive PDAF & laser AF, Single

Camera Features

LED flash, panorama, HDR


2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps

Selfie Camera

13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm (wide), 1/3", Single

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)

Loud Speaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack


General Features

24-bit/192kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot


5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE








3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host


Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum


Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 3.0), Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery


Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink, Moonlit Blue


About 260 EUR

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