Sony's new flagship phones bring minor upgrades and more of the same

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The old three piece construction found on the XZ and XZs has been replaced by a new unibody two piece setup on the XZ1.

Would you like to see Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact hit the Kenyan market ASAP?

These devices are an updated version of the Xperia XZ and X Compact devices which were released a year ago. Just like the XZ Premium the XZ1 display has full support for HDR content.

Under the hood, both phones have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with a RAM of 4GB and a 2700mAh battery unit. Moreover, you also get 2700 mAh battery which is the same as its bigger Xperia XZ1.

For all intents and purposes, the XZ1 Compact is a junior version of the XZ1 housing the same hardware internally save a reduced storage space of 32GB.

This time on Unboxing for Business, we take a first look at the Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.

It has 19 megapixels rear camera with Exmos RS sensor, f/2.0 lens, Predictive capture, 5-axis stabilization and 4K video recording. 13-megapixel front camera, in turn, boasts a 120-degree viewing angle. That is understandable since Sony is now the king of bezels, so you can imagine what their 6-inch phone looks like. The phone features an 8MP front camera as well. The WF-1000X is a pair of cordless earbuds for ultimate convenience, the WI-1000X is a neckband-style headphone for sports enthusiast, while the WH-1000XM2 is the headband-style premium noise-cancelling headphones.

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It has 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity. All the specs of the smartphone pretty much remain the same as we had reported earlier today. The smaller XZ1 Compact features a non-HDR 4.6-inch 720p screen and swaps out the metal body for glass fibre reinforced with plastic.

The XZ1 Compact will be available in Black, Snow Silver, Horizon Blue and in Twilight Pink colour variants.

Last time around, Sony compromised the Xperia X compact by giving it inferior hardware as compared to the full size flagship. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is smaller in size and keeps just about the same personality as the other premium phones, but with an aim of wooing those who don't like bigger screens. Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon 835 platform runs the show, which is a massive step up in terms of power.

Most flagships this year saw changes, sometimes radical, on their design. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The device will be available in Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and Black colour options.

Sony, the Japanese giant, recently unveiled some smartphones at the IFA event but in this article, we will be talking about the Xperia XZ1 and its smaller sibling XZ1 Compact. The battery stays at 2,700 mAh too, again with quick charging but no wireless charging, and you still don't get a fingerprint sensor.

The Sony XA1 Plus in all most all aspects is identical to the Sony XA1, expect the 5.5 inch display instead of the 5 inch on Sony XA1.

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