Sony might be away from the success scene, but that isn’t stopping the Japanese brand to launch new smartphones. Sony is one such brand which introduces new smartphones at a mega tech show event IFA on 31st August.
At the MWC 2017 event, Sony announced four smartphones including the flagship Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs. And next up is the IFA 2017 event, where Sony is expected to unveil as many as four smartphones.
Upcoming Sony Xperia XZ1
Out of the four smartphones, two devices will cater to the flagship department, while two will be placed in the mid-range segment. And the two speculated flagship phones are Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.
Sony is the only brand launching compact versions of its flagship phones with a smaller display, and the trend will continue going forward. But before we get to discuss what is coming in terms of specs from Sony lets have a brief thought on the design of the Sony premium smartphones.
Sony Smartphone design is Antiquated
Sony launched the Xperia XZ Premium for a price tag of $1000 or Rs. 59,999 in Indian market and it still comes with large Bezels at the top and bottom side. Sony launched the Xperia Z3 in 2014 September and later refreshed the smartphone in April 2015 with the Sony Xperia Z5.
Both the smartphones came with the same design and the current Sony Xperia XZ Premium also have the same design but some refinements are there in terms of finish and materials used.
Is there anyone really designing Sony Smartphones they all look the same – it is 2017 Sony.
While Samsung and LG have moved to more bezel-less designs (in LG G6 or the Samsung Galaxy S8, even affordable smartphones like Micromax Canvas Infinity are offering a 18:9 aspect Ratio Sony is still stuck with a 2015ish design.
If you really want to sell a smartphone in 2017 or 2018 here is what the design for the new SONY Phone should have looked Like.
Sony XZ1 and Sony XZ1 Compact Specs and Details
Sony has already confirmed its launch event will be held on August 31, a day before the commencement of IFA 2017 event. Thanks to a Polish e-commerce retailer Komp.tech, two of the Sony’s upcoming smartphones specs are revealed. And the phones are claimed to the be the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.
The Komp.tech website listed two Sony smartphones with model numbers- G8341 and G8841. The listings are removed immediately, but the internet users are quick enough to grab a screenshot of the listing.
Key Specs for Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact
The Sony G8341 is listed on the site for PLN 3,206.99 (approximately $859) and will arrive in four colour options- Black, Moonlite Blue, Venus Pink and Warm Silver. This smartphone is said to the standard Xperia XZ1.
And the D8441 model number belongs to the Xperia XZ1 Compact and will come in four colour options- Black, Horizon Blue, Snow Silver and Twilight Pink, carrying a price tag of PLN 2,749.99 ( approximately $737).
The Xperia XZ1 will feature the same 5.2-inch Full HD display as its predecessors- Xperia XZ and XZs, while the XZ1 Compact will be donned with a 4.6-inch HD display. An HD display for a flagship phone is slightly on the lower side.
Both the phones will be powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 chip with 4GB of RAM.
The XZ1 might pack a 3000mAh battery, whereas the XZ1 Compact claimed to have a 2800mAh battery. And both the phones will likely pack the 19MP Motion Eye camera, which is currently being used in phones such as Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs.
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Just after this leak came out, an AnTuTu benchmark of a Sony smartphone with model number G8441, which for now is believed to be the Xperia XZ1 Compact.
The listing revealed that the phone would have an HD display, Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and twin 8MP cameras on front and back. The device was Android 8.0 OS when the benchmark test was running.