Sony reveals its Android 8.0 Oreo update plans

James Marshall
September 1, 2017

Sony has finally taken the wrap off from its latest flagship models, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact at the IFA 2017 in Berlin.

Smartphones Sony Xperia and Xperia XZ1 XZ1 Compact is very similar in appearance, and differences in their design are comparable to error, and in terms of toppings, too much difference is not observed. Also of note is that the Xperia XZ1 Compact will include support for T-Mobile US VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling. Both the Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and also shares the same 19MP Motion Eye camera with predictive capture and the 960fps slow-motion video. Mobile phones received in the housing with water protection standard IP-68, they have a USB-C port and battery 2700 mAh each, despite the difference in screen sizes, so for good battery life cannot particularly count. Besides the 13MP rear camera, the phone will have an 18 MP camera on the front.

One other notable camera feature of Sony's new phones is called 3D Creator. However, Sony hasn't always been the fastest OEM to update its devices, so we wouldn't be totally surprised if most Xperia handsets receive the update only by early next year. Both phones will include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, too, except in the USA where that fingerprint reader will be absent.

Also revealed today is the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus.

The Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact is Sony's latest iteration of flagship smartphones that replaces the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact from previous year. It's powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor that's paired with 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3,430mAh battery.

As for the differences between the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, the XZ1 features a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display while the XZ1 Compact has a 4.6-inch HD screen.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 will be priced at AED 2199 in the UAE and the preorders will start from September 7, 2017.

The Xperia XA1 Plus, whose price is yet be announced, comes with a 23MP rear camera and 8 MP camera in the front. The XA1 Plus is also packing an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with its own 23mm wide angle lens and HDR for photos support. Sony says the phone will roll out from Autumn 2017, though an India specific pricing or launch date is not yet confirmed.

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