Sony unveils premium Xperia XZ1 smartphone, mid-range XA1 Plus at Ifa

More Sony smartphones incoming: Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus announced at IFA 2017

Despite the lack of changes on the design aspect of the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, Sony fans will be delighted to learn that the pair will debut with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, making them the first phones to be announced with the OS.

The XZ1 Compact also sports dual S-Force front surround speakers for 50% more sound pressure than the X Compact. As compare to Xperia XA1, XA1 Plus has a huge screen.

The Xperia XZ1 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor paired with the Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 2,700mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Sony also won't be partnering with any carriers to help bring these phones to the masses. Moreover, you also get 2700 mAh battery which is the same as its bigger Xperia XZ1.

With most major OEMs pulling out their big guns for 2017, Sony is also refreshing its lineup to compete against the competition. Thanks to its dust-resistant and waterproof IP65 and IP68 certification - the highest possible waterproof rating - Sony claims that the Xperia XZ1 can be safely dunked in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5m.

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The handset will be available for pick-up in Warm Silver, Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink and Black for $699 (in the US). "It has 13 megapixels front camera with 1/3" Exmor RS sensor and wide-angle f/2.0 lens. The phone will be T-Mobile certified, and will be sold through Best Buy starting on October 4th, with monthly payment plans. Sony's Compact handsets are among the very few sub-5-inch smartphones you can get right now, yet last year's Xperia X Compact was sadly a bit of a let-down.

The standard XZ1 has a 5.2 inch full HD display with the Compact measuring 4.6 inches. Both come with a 19-megapixel sensor and features Predictive Capture, super slow motion 720p video at 960 frames-per-second and 4K resolution video recording.

According to a release from Sony Mobile, the Xperia XZ1 will be available for pre-order in the UAE from September 7, though no final date for its availability was provided.

Google's new operating system introduces a new feature called Project Treble which Google says will make it "easier, faster and less costly for manufacturers to update devices to a new version of Android". The designs are pretty similar too, and Sony has shunned this year's smartphone trend of banishing the bezels from the front of the device.

Those in the US will get their hands on the Sony Xperia XZ1 as from September 19th at a price of $700 while the Xperia XZ1 Compact will start shipping on October 4th priced at $600. The smartphone's rear camera can scan an object and save the file as a 3D image which you can then share on a social network or even print via a 3D printer. As for innards, it comes equipped with an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor running at 2.4GHz.

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