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Double-Stuffed: Sony Xperia XZ1 & XZ1—Performance and Android Oreo


Following the success of last year’s Xperia XZ and XZ Compact, Sony has returned with a brand new set of flagship devices: the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. Unlike most sequels, these follow-up devices outshine the originals in almost every category, including improved camera performance, better design, and a more powerful processor. Speaking of the CPU, both the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact feature Qualcomm’s latest chipset, the Snapdragon 835, and both come with 4GB of RAM in support. Other similarities include IP68 water and dust resistance, an integrated 2700mAh battery and, oh, by the way, both will run Android Oreo right out of the box—making them among the first non-Google phones to ship with the latest Android OS already installed.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Dual G8342 64GB Smartphone

As with their predecessors, much of what separates the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact has to do more with size than performance. The larger XZ1 features a 5.2" HDR display, while the Compact utilizes a slightly smaller—but still sharp-looking—4.6" screen. Both phones come equipped with Sony’s groundbreaking Motion Eye camera system, which features a 19MP rear sensor and a bevy of photog-friendly features, including innovative new 3D scanning functionality. But where the XZ1 features a 13MP front shooter, the Compact uses a super-wide-angle 8MP lens. Storage capacity is a similar story: XZ1 comes with 64GB of memory, the XZ1 Compact has 32GB—though both phones support microSD cards up to 256GB, so difference in storage really isn’t a big issue.

Just like the originals, Sony was careful to eschew any notion that bigger might be better. Yes, the XZ1 has a larger screen, additional storage, and more megapixels jammed into its front camera but, otherwise, performance between the two phones is nearly identical—a fact that has some people wondering whether the smaller XZ1 might be the most premium compact phone on the market.

Regardless of size, both phones appear to be worthy entries into the flagship phone category, boasting strong camera performance, a cutting-edge CPU, and the latest Android software to boot. Each is available in different variations of silver, pink, black, and blue, and are available now at B&H.