Sony launched the Xperia XZ1 in India yestarday, and here’s what we gathered from our brief hands-on experience.


the looks and design of the Xperia XZ1 are reminiscent of Xperia XZ Premium’s. It has the same rectangular design, with the similar placement of speakers on top and bottom of the display. The volume rocker, power button, and the dedicated button for camera sits on the right, whereas the SIM tray is placed on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top, and the USB Type-C port down below.

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As I mentioned in the design part, the XZ1 sports a standard 16:9 aspect ratio display with noticeable bezels on top and bottom; however the screen itself is brilliant to look at.

Sony xperia xz1 displayThe smartphone sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) HDR display powered by Sony’s Triluminous display and X-Reality technology configured for mobiles. Now one must expect a QHD screen at this price-point, but the added HDR support compensates the same and offers bright and clearer and stunning visuals during gaming and video playback.


Sony has always made sure that its devices offer best-in-class audio performance and the same goes with the Xperia XZ1. The smartphone comes with industry’s leading audio technologies featuring Hi-Res Audio, digital noise cancellation, S-Force surround sound, stereo recording, and Qualcomm’s own aptX audio software. The dual front-facing speakers work on new S-Force surround technology, which as per Sony provides 50% more sound pressure than the speakers on the previous Xperia XZ device.


Cameras are one of the main highlights of the XZ1. It has the 19MP MotionEye camera we have seen on previous Sony flagship devices – you get f2.0 aperture, laser and phase detection autofocus, 3D object scanning and 960fps video recording (at 720p HD) and 4k video recording. For selfie lovers, it has a 13MP front facing wide-angle camera with f2.0 aperture.

Last but not at all least, the smartphone runs on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo with Sony’s Xperia UI. There are no bloatwares and you can even uninstall whatever preloaded apps are there on the device.

Xperia XZ1 comes out of the box with the latest version of Android – Android 8.0. It will be available at the best buy price of RS 44,990 starting from 25 September 2017 – HDFC and ICICI card users will get 5% cashback on the purchase. The phone will be available on all online and offline platforms

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Sony Xperia XZ1 gives us no major reasons to complain about. The smartphone runs the latest software, packs in the flagship hardware and brings forward some of the industry’s first camera, audio and display technologies for a complete audio-video package. While the Motion Eye camera is bound to please shutterbugs, the HDR display will keep you hooked to your mobile phone for gaming and video playback.We might face some battery troubles, but the real performance will only be evaluated after a thorough test process.