Sony has just unveiled the successor to the XZ and X Compact Android smartphones at IFA 2017, with substantial improvements in terms of both hardware and software.
Called Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, the two new smartphones are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip, which at this point is the best an Android phone can get. The same chip is powering Samsung’s Galaxy S8, as well as a series of other flagships.
The processor is paired with 4GB RAM and while the XZ1 boasts a 5.2-inch screen with 1080p HDR support, the smaller XZ1 Compact sticks with a surprisingly small 4.6-inch 720p screen. Due to the gigantic bezels that define Sony’s Xperia lineup, the Compact is even bigger than the iPhone 7, which itself comes with a 4.7-inch display and uses an outdated design that went live on the iPhone 6.
Sony used Gorilla Glass 5 on both models, but the company turned to different materials for the chassis. The XZ1, for instance, uses metal for a more exquisite look, but … (read more)
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