Sony Xperia XZ1 Review
Sony Xperia XZ1
- First phone with Android 8 Oreo
- HDR display great for video
- Great build quality
- Strong battery life
- Clean software and excellent performance
- Dual speakers
- Can shoot dramatic 960fps videos
- Predictive Capture camera feature is nice having
- Dated design
- Camera not as good as rivals
- Poor screen to body ratio
- Expensive for what you get
- Stereo speakers not as good as expected
- No fingerprint scanner on the US model
- Not sold on any US carrier
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|Dimensions||148 x 73.4 x 7.4 mm (5.83 x 2.89 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||155 g (5.47 oz)|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|- IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.2 inches (~68.6% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|- HDR10 compliant|
|- Triluminos display|
|- X-Reality Engine|
|OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single SIM|
|microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM|
|Internal Memory||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||19 MP, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash|
|1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]|
|Secondary Camera||13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1080p|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|- 24-bit/192kHz audio|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery|
If Hi-Res audio or slow-motion video capture are key features for your next smartphone, no one really does them better than the Sony Xperia XZ1. However, if you’re looking for a full-on flagship and aren’t worried about the cost, there are better handsets for your money.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 looks fantastic and has a better camera, as does the LG G6 (and the soon-to-arrive V30), while the dual camera on the back of iPhone 7 Plus is not only easy to use, it’s also highly accomplished.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 has a good camera, display, power and software, with a battery that’s comparable to the competition, but apart from the odd flash here and there it doesn’t do anything to really stand out in an increasingly tough crowd.
If you’re not due a new phone for a few months though, it may be worth keeping an eye on, as Sony phones have historically dropped in price pretty quickly, so there’s always a chance it’ll be more attractive price-wise come Christmas.
Sony Xperia XZ1 comes just five months after the Xperia XZs premiere, so Sony didn’t exactly have time for a major overhaul. What it did have was the Xperia XZ Premium and its exclusive features to bring down the ranks, and a brand new Android version from Google.
And using that, Sony has successfully made a worthy upgrade over the Xperia XZ and XZs. Maybe not a mandatory one, but one that will give you just enough so you don’t regret your purchase.
The top of the line Snapdragon 835 chipset is both more powerful and energy-efficient than the 820. The 5.2″ screen got a nice HDR upgrade, which is a nice boost – even if its application is limited to Netflix and Amazon at this point.
The polished design is probably the most prominent update. The Xperia XZ1 employs a single piece of metal bent over the internals and features an innovative take on the antenna lines. While it does look like the Xperias to come before it, the XZ1 feels more premium once you lay your hands on it. The new finish, color options, shaped and overall design made it one of the classiest smartphones to date. Sadly, it lacks the high-tech vibe of those Infinity and FullView displays, but that’s easier to live with on a 5.2″ phone.
Sony has also made some improvements in the camera – the 4K video capturing is now native in the camera app instead of being invoked as a separate shooting mode. The smile recognition and the autofocus for burst are some nice touches, too, though we would have appreciated improvement in the image quality, low-light samples in particular. It’s a real shame given the huge sensors that all the Xperias employ lately.
Once again, Sony has made a phone that appeals to your heart rather than your brain. Looking at it, holding it in your hands and using it every day, you’ll love so many aspects of the Xperia XZ1. But then you realize what it costs and what you can get elsewhere … and you may think better of that decision to spend $699 on this phone.
Sony’s hardware is beautiful and unique, despite its unabashedly large screen bezels. The XZ1’s build quality is top-notch, as are its internal specs. You get Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, and it runs perfectly — and runs all day on a charge despite not having a large capacity battery to draw from.
But again, it’s $699. And for that money, you’re getting a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD that’s just average. And a camera, while much improved from its predecessors, that doesn’t match the competition in the same price range. And in the U.S., you’re not even getting a fingerprint sensor. When you take in those downsides, it’s a tough sell for the rational consumer. But then again, how often do we act completely rationally? Sometimes you have to listen to your heart. Sometimes, you buy a Sony phone.
After taking an in-depth look at the Sony Xperia XZ1, it is time to throw its price into the equation. Right now, the figure stands at $650, meaning that Sony’s flagship is cheaper than the popular Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8, but more expensive than worthy competitors like the LG G6 and the OnePlus 5. Given all this, is the Xperia XZ1 worth getting? Well, it depends.
Sony deserves admirations for staying true to its principles, for having its own approach to making phones. It doesn’t mimic its competitors, it doesn’t “borrow” design ideas, it doesn’t clone trendy features, which is a good thing, to a certain extent. But if you’re a smartphone maker with a desire to survive on the market, it is worth considering some recent innovations – the increased popularity of dual cameras, for example, or the adoption of “taller” screen ratios and minimized bezel designs. In late 2017, the Xperia XZ1 feels dated upon release.
That is not to say that the Xperia XZ1 is a bad phone. Quite the contrary – there are many things to like about it, such as the snappy performance, the water-resistant design, the solid build quality, and the camera’s Predictive Capture abilities. And if it wasn’t for the less-than-optimal fingerprint scanner experience, we could have said that our 2-week test drive of the XZ1 has been a smooth and steady ride.
All in all, you won’t be making heads turn in envy with the Sony Xperia XZ1, but if you’re looking for a phone with a traditional approach to design, if those flashy but fragile all-display handsets aren’t your cup of tea, then the latest Sony flagship is worth checking out.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 isn’t available on any U.S. carrier, meaning you’ll have to shell out $700 for it unlocked. It’s also only compatible with GSM networks like T-Mobile and AT&T in the United States. It’s available now through online retailers such as Amazon, BestBuy, and Sony’s own online store. While $700 is a lot of money for an unlocked phone, it’s still easier to stomach than many of the phones approaching the $1,000 mark.
It’s not the cheapest flagship phone, but it’s certainly not the most expensive, either. It offers some nice features like the 3D Creator that differentiate it from other smartphones, but we can’t shake the feeling that this is just more of the same from Sony. While most manufacturers are now going with more forward looking designs, incorporating elements like bezel-less screens and dual cameras, Sony has stuck with the same smartphone formula they’ve used for awhile. It’s getting old.
The addition of Android Oreo out of the box is great but it’s a short term selling point. Sony hasn’t done enough to make the Xperia XZ1 stand out from the pack and only the most diehard of Sony fans will find the XZ1 appealing. For the rest of us, there’s simply better options that offer better value at an equal or lesser cost.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 is a phone for Sony fans. You have to love Sony’s style – because, otherwise, there are just too many compelling alternatives to make it a front-runner.
It doesn’t have as many interesting features as the £100-cheaper LG G6, and doesn’t impress like the Samsung Galaxy S8.
For £600, it’s definitely possible to get better for your money.
don’t think there’s much more to add. The Sony Xperia XZ1 is a solid smartphone, with an elegant and formal design, but won’t satisfy everyone because it may appear to look out of date. It offers the performance of a true high-end smartphone, and the cameras have great potential. The battery life is excellent and it’s ultimately a smartphone that I’d highly recommend, if only it didn’t suffer from the endless problems and shortcomings of Sony’s software, especially in the field of photography.
Oreo is certainly one of its positive points, but its steep price on the current market doesn’t justify its purchase. My experience with this smartphone has been full of ups and downs, and to perform the various tasks in my daily life without a hitch, I’d never use a smartphone that I have to rely on with luck. With the upcoming updates, who knows if Sony will succeed in pleasing its many fans by improving its smartphone.
Xperia smartphones are still easily distinguishable by their unique design, and the XZ1 fits right in. Unfortunately, the wide bezels below and above the display are kind of a downer and should have been a thing of the past by now. On the plus side, the choice of material and manufacturing quality are as high as one would expect from Sony, and the XZ1’s high level of dust and water resistance is not as common in modern smartphones as we would hope for. From a technical point of view there are still a few glitches here and there, such as poor GPS availability indoors or the rather embarrassing stamina under load. Accordingly, we cannot recommend this device to anyone who uses their phone a lot when out and about. It does, however, look like the perfect phone for frequent travelers abroad due to its wide array of supported 3G und 4G/LTE bands. That said, the Dual SIM model has now been made available by Sony and it should fit the bill even better.
Features such as the fingerprint reader are expected at the XZ1’s price point of around $600, but the phone’s internal storage seems almost too small in comparison. Stereo speakers have always been rare in smartphones and support for DLNA has become increasingly rare and can be a big plus for those who have corresponding media servers and receivers at home, particularly for the cineastes among our readers. Too bad the speakers are not particularly good.
The camera is sophisticated and decent, and the fairly versatile camera app is not going to disappoint its users. However, if the camera is one or even the most important factor in a smartphone for you, we suggest taking a closer look at the alternatives made by Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and OnePlus.
What ultimately turned this thing around are the XZ1’s bright and vivid display and its high performance, both of which are major considerations for gamers. The unique PlayStation 4 controller compatibility is worth mentioning again at this point. It might not be new or the most important selling point since pretty much every smartphone can be used in combination with a third-party controller, but it is certainly an advantage if you already happen to own a PS4 controller.
There’s a lot to like about the Sony Xperia XZ1 – it has a good display with HDR support, excellent performance, decent battery life, a camera that’s good enough for many people, and Android Oreo backed by what has so far been a decent record of regular updates. What this phone really lacks is a standout feature – like the cameras on the Pixel 2 series or the design/ display of Samsung’s flagships – that could help it grab attention in an extremely crowded market. As we’ve said several times now, the Xperia design language is crying out for a refresh, and one hopes for Sony’s sake that it arrives at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.
If you aren’t put off by the design – and to be fair to the Xperia XZ1, the metal finish is definitely an improvement over its predecessors – you could buy this Rs. 44,990 phone and be fairly happy with it. Alternatively, you could consider the Nokia 8, which costs a fair bit less than the Xperia XZ1 but offers similar performance and stock Android as well as better battery life. Though it lacks HDR support, the Nokia 8’s display offers deeper blacks and is one of the best LCD panels out there. You would, however, miss out on IP65/ 68 water- and dust-resistance and have to settle for a camera that’s a tiny bit inferior.
More importantly, with February nearly here, a new wave of flagships is just around the corner – possibly a successor to the Xperia XZ1 as well – and you might want to wait and see what’s in store. If patience is not your thing, some of the best phones of 2017 are available at significant discounts compared to their launch prices, and one of them might fit your requirements.