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Sony Xperia XZ1 first impression: Design and display

Little has changed since the Xperia Z came out in 2013. Sony has been following the same design approach, though I know people who still love the OmniBalance design. Sure, Xperia XZ1 does look a bit more refined from the previous generation Xperia smartphones. The phone has been made out of a single piece of aluminum, which gives it a premium look. The truth, however, is that the thick bezels — top and bottom — look dated in this day and age. While other smartphone companies, including Apple and Samsung have long moved on to bezel-less designs, Sony has stuck with the same industrial design for its Xperia phones. I feel this goes against Sony Xperia XZ1, but again, it’s a personal choice at the end.
Like the Xperia XZ Premium, the top left corner of the device has the camera lens. However, now, the flash module also incorporates the NFC chipset. The signature fingerprint scanner can be seen on the right-hand side in the middle of the phone. At the top, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the bottom of the phone houses a USB Type-C port. And yes, the dedicated camera-shutter button remains an integral part of the phone. Sony continues to support the Loop surface design as previously seen on the Xperia XZs. Plus, the phone is IP65/68 water and dust resistant, as expected from Sony.
The Xperia XZ1 comes with a 5.2-inch display, which is smaller than the company’s previous Xperia Z flagship devices. I feel the size is right, which means the company can target female buyers with the Xperia XZ1. In the display department, Sony sticks to Full HD resolution, which is acceptable. Based on what I observed in a short time, the 5.2-inch LCD screen was good. Text and images appeared respectable, even viewing angles were not bad.
As seen on the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia XZ1 also boasts an HDR (High Dynamic Range) display. But keep in mind that there are other smartphones already available with the same feature, such as LG’s G6, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus. Speaking of the content, both Amazon and Netflix offer compatible HDR content.
Sony Xperia XZ1 first impressions: Hardware and software
Sony has always criticised for using old processors in the flagship. This year, however, Sony tried to change its strategy by incorporating the best available chipset on its premium smartphones. Perhaps the reason why Sony went with the Snapdragon 835 processor for the Xperia XZ1. The processor is further coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, meaning it can compete with any flagship I can think of. There’s microSD support on board for further storage expansion up to 256GB. Unfortunately, battery capacity sees a decline to 2700mAh compared to the 2900mAh, which we saw in the Xperia XZs.

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