Sony Xperia XA1 Plus mid-ranger is now official

Friday, 01 Sep, 2017

To help answer those questions we've put the two phones head to head. In addition to a slew of advanced camera features, these new smartphones will be surprisingly the first non-Google products to be powered by the latest Android Oreo out-of-the-box.

Like clockwork, another IFA means another batch of new Sony phones to check out.

Photography is probably more important than audio for most smartphone users and this is an even bigger selling point for Sony. The old three piece construction found on the XZ and XZs has been replaced by a new unibody two piece setup on the XZ1. We'll be sure to put the XZ1 Compact's fully to the test in our review, but the X Compact is quite a long-lasting phone, so we're hopeful that its successor will be too.

For the camera setup, the Xperia XZ1 borrows heavily from the previously released Xperia XZ Premium back from MWC 2017. Just like the XZ Premium the XZ1 display has full support for HDR content.

Sony's smaller offering also features S-Force Front Surround sound and Snapdragon 835 chipset with an Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM and Android O. Most markets will get 4GB of RAM, except for South America and the U.S., which will get the 3GB model. This feature will allow users of the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact to capture an image a few seconds before actually pressing the shutter button, a move that will reduce some of the missed moments when capturing images.

It's capable of 4K video recording and super slow-motion shooting at 960fps, neither of which can be matched by the Sony Xperia X Compact's video camera, which tops out at 1080p.

Although both models share the same rear-facing cameras, it's a different story for the front-facing shooters.

Apart from this, the company showcased a new 3D Creator feature. You also get an auto-capture smile mode, as well as the ability to scan 3D objects and faces.

It's good to see a continuation of the fingerprint scanner inside the power button and Sony also continues to push audio as a selling point.

The XA1 The highlight feature in this device is undoubtedly the camera.

It has DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancelling. It has a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer and comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, a port which is fast becoming extinct in today's flagship smartphones. In the front, it has a small 4.6 (inch) HD Display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, protection of Gorilla Glass 5 is there. Color options on the XZ1 Compact include Black, Snow Silver, Horizon Blue, Twilight Pink. We've never been huge fans of Sony's custom UI, finding it overbearing compared with the vanilla Android experience, but some of the added apps are a bonus.

The Xperia XZ1 Compact is shaping up to be the most powerful phone you can comfortably use with just one hand. All this is powered with all day battery thanks to its large capacity and Stamina Mode and with power efficient performance to keep everything running smoothly and quickly with its octa-core processor.

Most flagships this year saw changes, sometimes radical, on their design.