We’re used to a regular refresh of Sony’s Xperia hardware and it’s no different as IFA this year either. Although the company hasn’t announced a successor to its top of the line Xperia XZ Premium, the new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact have plenty to offer those looking for premium processing hardware in a smaller package… not forgetting that these two phones are the first to be announced running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Below you’ll find the full list of Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XZ1 specs:

 Sony Xperia XZ1Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Display5.2-inch Full HD with HDR
1920 x 1080 resolution
423 ppi
4.6-inch 720p Triluminos Display
1280 x 720 resolution
319 ppi
Processor64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor64-bit octa-core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.9 GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 10 nm processor
RAM4 GB4 GB
Storage64 GB
MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB
32 GB
MicroSD expansion up to 256 GB
CamerasRear camera
- 19 MP 1/2.3" AF sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Front camera
- 13 MP 1/3.06" sensor
Rear camera
- 19 MP 1/2.3" AF sensor with f/2.0 aperture

Front camera
- 8 MP sensor with 120° wide angle
Battery2,700 mAh
Non-removable
QuickCharge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
2,700 mAh
Non-removable
QuickCharge 3.0
Qnovo Adaptive Charging
Water resistanceIP68 dust and water resistanceIP68 dust and water resistance
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11
LTE Cat 16, 4CA, 4x4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, 3.1
NFC
DNLA
Wi-Fi 802.11
LTE Cat 15, 4CA, 4x4 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C, 2.0
NFC
DNLA
SensorsAccelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor (not in US)
Gyro Sensor
Accelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor (not in US)
Gyro Sensor
SIMNano SIM
(single or dual market dependant)
Nano SIM
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 OreoAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions and weight148 x 73 x 7.4mm
156 grams
129 x 65 x 9.3mm
143 grams

Sony’s Compact model in particular has always strived to provide higher-end hardware than your typical small form factor smartphone, so there really doesn’t appear to be too much difference between the Xperia XZ1 and the XZ1 Compact. With the obvious exception of the smaller display and size of the Compact model, and one or two small tweaks to the hardware features, including a slightly smaller amount of storage and a different front camera setup. Intriguingly, both models seem to have exactly the same battery, despite the size differences.

Do you think that Sony has done enough to make these models as compelling as other flagship tier smartphones on the market?

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