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Sony Xperia XZ1 Phone Review – Android 8.0 Oreo Power!

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Sony's latest phone line is made up of two devices that share specs and power, but offer different sizes to try. The Sony Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact pack the latest in mobile specs, HDR screens, front facing speakers and a truly amazing Sony Motion Eye camera sensor. Sony's design is looking a bit dated though, especially in 2017, but is it wise to judge a book by its cover? Find out in our review!

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37 COMMENTS

wcoke - posted on October 9, 2017 10:30 am

Very boring looking phone and would never buy a Sony phone again as they normally feel cheap.

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Ryan Schneider - posted on October 9, 2017 10:41 am

I bought this phone off Amazon and my observations so far are: 1) the camera is somewhat slow, with shots on the dark side; 2) the front-firing speakers are weak and sound tinny (in direct contrast to what the reviewer found); and 3) the screen has a strong blue bias (which can be adjusted – somewhat – in display settings). In addition, despite having Quick Charge 3.0, I find the charging to be quite slow (yes, using the correct charger and cable) and that it discharges somewhat quickly. Would be thrilled if a firmware update fixes all (or most) of this in the next 30 days but, if not, I’ll probably return it.

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Johnny Pigman - posted on October 10, 2017 1:54 pm

1 – XZ Premium has the same camera as the XZ1, and based on my own testing, the app feels very smooth and fast, with images that are neither too dark nor too bright; just the right exposure.

2 – I don’t know what you’re saying but the XZ1 is by far the loudest stereo speaker Sony has made. It’s not fighting the mono single down facing speakers in terms of loudness, but none of them is a match for quality as well. Heck, even the XZ Premium pumps out loud enough decibels to be heard nicely, and the quality of the sound is just unbelievable.

3 – Adjust the screen the way you want. I also have seen the XZ Premium with probably the same display as the XZ1 + 4K, and its screen doesn’t feel any bluish or whatever, even right beside a S8/S8+/Note 8 screen. It’s by far one of the most gorgeous IPS LCD screens today, and so is the XZ1.

4 – QC3.0 only happens at first 80% charge, then Qnovo Charging Technology slows it down to prevent battery damage caused by extremely high voltage charging, which is certainly not good for a phone battery’s health. But I don’t think you should always top off to full 100%, as 80% is more than enough for daily usage.
Idk about discharging, but GSMArena gave this phone some high endurance rating, so there’s probably something that you’re doing with the phone to be juiced down quickly.

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Fernando Alba - posted on October 11, 2017 11:03 pm

Your probably got a lemon

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Sethuna - posted on October 18, 2017 1:59 pm

Just a hunch that Ryan hasn’t even bought the phone…

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Dave Diaz Pelpinosas - posted on October 19, 2017 2:36 pm

Ryan Schneider you buy a fake one…made in china

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nerd Mike - posted on October 9, 2017 10:45 am

Sony keep up on this way, don’t lose your quality to reach more users, we’re fine like this 😉 less people and better optmized phones.

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Mr2pint - posted on October 9, 2017 11:37 am

I like it and reasonably priced almost half that of other flagships..

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Spyros Fougias - posted on December 7, 2017 6:18 pm

Bought mine for 399€. Best purchase ever!!! Thanks Greek black friday!!! (now the cheapest one sits at 590€) here in Greece

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ViktorHD - posted on October 9, 2017 2:28 pm

It is an awesome camera that captures detail that other smartphones cant..

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Dezclorithyll Jackson - posted on November 23, 2017 4:25 pm

i own a xz premium and its a sublime phone, the camera is totally excellent and it sure does capture a ton of detail, except in low light its average.

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ViktorHD - posted on November 23, 2017 8:36 pm

Dezclorithyll Jackson Yeah i got XZ Premium a month ago.. Its pretty awesome

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Solar Roof - posted on October 9, 2017 3:34 pm

Excellent smartphone/camera ! Excellent Art-Deco style design !  Excellent Quality ! Excellent talking and connection quality ! Camera shoot macro photos even better than many DSLR cameras and all auto settings! Very fast camera !   Excellent smart device phones every way  ! Just perfect ! I Especially these new models ! I have tested one ! On the Xperia 23Mp models, the camera button is separate, like the camera shutter button! Hold down the button on standby mode (hold for 1-2 seconds) and the camera turns on. Hold half down the button (focusing), press the button end fully (take pictures). Like a real camera ! The fingerprint scanner is a good solution (with the on / off button on the side). The bottom of the screen has a comfortable thumb-wide edge on the phone, where you can hold the phone so that it does not touch the screen. Above the edge is the LED for announcements. Excellent display ! Excellent Sony Xperia phone Android version ! Excellent, solid design, etc. !
Sound quality is amazing with headphones*best I have heard before (I used very good Samsung S… original headphones) and with output and with bluetooth and with phone speakers(not very loud itself but with amazing qualitty and good bass and 3D imaging + software settings) ! Latest Asus phones and pads have too real excellent audio hardware built in and excellent and loud speakers, but Xperia sound is little bit better, specially with headphones and sound imaging ! Samsung S6 phones have real good one speakser solutions(loud and clear and excellent high notes ! Now days many smartphones have 192kHz 24bit digital audio output quality and this is Perfect for music oriented people !Video and display quality is better than more expensive smartphone makers ! I live in Estonia and we have here good 4g reception and I have not used before smartphones wich Android version works better than on new Sony Xperia smartphones ! I have used before some high priced smartphones and Xperia Android version is simple to use and works like a fluid ! Fast , stable, … ! And so on !

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Naveen Prathap - posted on October 9, 2017 9:31 pm

How Is the battery life in this phone.. how many hours of SOT you are getting?

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shiva bharani - posted on October 10, 2017 3:37 am

I get 5 to 6 hrs easily..

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Yogesh Raut - posted on October 10, 2017 5:18 am

best battery I have ever used. at least 7 hours SOT for me.

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Fernando Alba - posted on October 11, 2017 11:02 pm

Last all day. And if you’re a light user it can last 2 days

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Naveen Prathap - posted on October 11, 2017 11:47 pm

WOW!!!

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MrWalker1000 - posted on October 16, 2017 10:12 am

was rated 82 hours by GSM. and thats with a small 2700 battery if it had a 300mah it would easily beat all others.

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David hunsinger - posted on October 9, 2017 10:11 pm

I can’t believe Sony still makes smartphones lol

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David hunsinger - posted on December 7, 2017 6:24 pm

Spyros Fougias good thing I don’t use apple or Samsung 😉

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Spyros Fougias - posted on December 7, 2017 6:29 pm

David hunsinger you are a smart guy then.

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David hunsinger - posted on December 7, 2017 6:31 pm

Spyros Fougias mainly HTC and LG as of late.

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Spyros Fougias - posted on December 7, 2017 6:34 pm

David hunsinger I like LG. But I like Sony more. Also Huawei and Xiaomi are GREAT options!!!

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David hunsinger - posted on December 7, 2017 7:32 pm

Spyros Fougias well in Sony’s defense, I haven’t owned one of their smartphones since they still had the Ericson branding… However, I just don’t like how they have kept a pretty similar design for a few years now

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Ishak Khan - posted on October 10, 2017 6:34 am

👍🏻 👍🏻 👍🏻 👍🏻 👍🏻

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Sujit Kumar - posted on October 10, 2017 11:14 am

Good phone but the look from the front is like cheap chinese phone..

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Spyros Fougias - posted on December 7, 2017 6:18 pm

You should see the black one in person, it will change your mind. It is one of the most beautiful oute there.

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MrWalker1000 - posted on October 16, 2017 2:11 pm

bezeless trend is whats making the front facing speakers obsolete.

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MrWalker1000 - posted on October 17, 2017 8:13 am

good review but it seems you’re one of the few that has positive things to say about sony. I do feel like they need to go back to the Z3 days.

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unos sarkar - posted on October 30, 2017 8:28 am

sony has triluminos display which creates accurate colours which is far better than samsung oled screen!

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Henry Han - posted on November 8, 2017 2:18 pm

Ok it’s very good that I like to buy so far so good can compete with all other brands for 3D PHOTO the 1 & only features wise it is high end model photo wise pretty much good finally it’s best of the best’s☆☆☆

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Lucas Baker - posted on November 9, 2017 3:58 pm

Gonna buy this phone next year.

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Sony Saini - posted on November 19, 2017 3:48 am

No Radio FM
No wireless charging
No headphone .price at 600 quid!!Sony is its own worst enemy.
No way to buy .z5 is far much better but back cover is too fragile and hots to much with inferior battery.Bye bye Sony for good this time .

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Terrorblade the Soul Keeper - posted on December 10, 2017 9:46 pm

Sony Saini no headphone? You mad? It does have a jack

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Alxis Andrahunt - posted on November 24, 2017 7:32 am

How you use picture in picture mode in youtube

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d channel - posted on December 1, 2017 3:48 pm

How about the camera, is it support to take slow motion video?

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