Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Launched at IFA 2017

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Launched at IFA 2017

The Xperia XA1 Plus, meanwhile, is the follow-up to the mid-range XA1 and XA1 Ultra smartphones, which were launched in April and May, respectively.

The product unveiling follows Sony Mobile's recent Q1 2017 financial results, which saw operating income reached 3.6 billion yen ($32.9 million) for the first quarter of this year. The flagship SONY Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have been on our radar since June when they were initially leaked. If you're restrained with your media streaming and the rest you can even make it to a full two days, especially with Android Nougat's improved efficiency. The larger Xperia XZ1 features a 5.2-inch 1080p screen and rounded side edges, while the smaller Xperia XZ1 Compact features a much smaller 4.6-inch display, running at 720p resolution. Last week, the XZ1 had appeared in leaked images, but now it's finally here.

To capture you fun moments more beautifully, the phone has 23 MP back camera. So you can find a moment you have missed from a selection of up to four shots. We also like the Autofocus Burst mode which can shoot 10 photos per second while keeping the subject in focus. However, a major new software feature in this release is Sony's 3D Creator; an in-house algorithm for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects. Sadly, though, the rear camera doesn't get OIS. The changes lie mostly in the design and the display.

Sony's Compact phones are pleasingly mini versions of its premium handsets and the latest member of the family, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, is the best by far. We can confirm this works really well. The stereo speakers are part of located at the top and bottom part of the front. The models showcase Sony's hi-res audio upscaler DSEE HX, LDAC, and Clear Audio+.

The XZ1 will be available in Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink and Moonlit Blue colour options when it becomes available.

Although Sony has fiddled a bit with the design past year with its new "Loop Surface" language, the Xperia X family has largely stuck with a classic and easily identifiable Sony design, which, truth be told, goes a long way in establishing a phone's identify in the midst of the a sea of almost identical smartphones. However, it could be due to the efficiency of the Snapdragon 835 chipset which requires lower power. Flawless for smooth, responsive gameplay of your favorite PlayStation4 games using PS4 Remote Play. The Qnovo adaptive charging and Pump Express+ 2.0 quick charging support is an icing on the cake. The phone houses a 2700mAh battery. You're going to have to have patience.

What about internals? The flagship includes a Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The front camera, for the curious, supports a 120-degree wide-angle lens. Amazingly, the battery is actually the same at 2,700 mAh, despite the smaller body.

Like this: