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Xperia XZ1 leaks in CAD render video, looks the same as Sony's other phones

The Sony Xperia XZ1 has leaked in a CAD render video from leaker @OnLeaks, alongside some potential specs.

Published onAugust 16, 2017

The Sony Xperia XZ1 has leaked in a CAD render video from leaker @OnLeaks and India tech site Compareraja. The video was uploaded yesterday, potentially revealing the design of one of three Sony handsets tipped to be unveiled at IFA 2017, with the others being the Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1.

It appears that Sony isn’t chasing 2017 trends like dual cameras or a bezel-less design, or bringing much new to the table at all for that matter: the device appears to feature the same straight, square frame with curved sides as seen on the previous XZ devices.

It does look like it’s coming in an attractive pale metallic blue color variant, but with a number of exciting designs seen this year from other Android manufacturers, Sony’s handsets are looking increasingly old-fashioned (and some might say that was true of the handsets even several years ago).

The video also suggests the phone would come with USB Type-C connectivity, a flat, side-mounted power button (that may also double as a fingerprint scanner), a headphone jack and dual front-facing speakers. Further, the build has been (sort of) confirmed by what looks like warehouse photos seen on SlashLeaks (via Xperia Blog), one of which you can see below.

As for the Sony Xperia XZ1 specs, Xperia Blog suggests that the handset will come with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 835 chip, 4 GB RAM and a 3,000 mAh battery, while compareraja indicates that it could house a 19 MP rear camera, 12 MP front-facing camera, and that it may launch with the yet-to-be-released Android 8.0.

That last point seems quite unlikely as the other major Android phones to be released around even are expected to run Android Nougat. That being said, Sony has been one of the fastest manufacturers to deliver Android Nougat updates, so it’s not entirely out of the question.

Meanwhile, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, according to Xperia Blog, might include a 4.6-inch HD display (yes, HD) with Snapdragon 835 chip, 4 GB RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery, while the Xperia X1 is said to house the same except with a 5-inch Full HD display with a Snapdragon S660 chip. All of Sony’s latest smartphones will probably have IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, too.

Price and availability details haven’t been speculated upon, but we’ll let you know when we learn more. What are your thoughts on how Sony’s new range of handsets are shaping up? Let us know in the comments.

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