Sony Xperia XZ1 Review

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   9/29/2017 09:05:00 PM
Sony Xperia XZ1 Review

Sony has decided to break the rules of the mobile market and instead of continuing with current trends, it has remained (never better) in its usual line. And is that if there is something we can clearly say of the latest batch of phones presented by the Japanese company, is that just see them we know that belong to the Xperia family.

And is that Sony returns to the straight lines and is maintained with a percentage of panel in the front not suitable for fans of the screens without frames. So well, with this aesthetic premise ahead, we have taken one of these new terminals, specifically the smallest of all, the Sony Xperia XZ1, and we have put it on the operating table to see in detail what it offers us.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Specifications

Sony Xperia XZ1 Specifications

As we anticipated at the beginning of this analysis, Sony has done it again, it has left us a phone that does not allude to the surprise as far as design is concerned and that the league is known to be an Xperia. And is that inevitably appear those rectangular lines and flat symmetries around a screen surrounded by frames. On the screen we find the first discrepancy regarding what is cooked in the current market: a occupancy rate of 68.6% of the front that being a top of range in 2017, is somewhat delayed. The same thing happens when we compare it with other smartphones this year, both the company itself and the competition, and is that the comparisons do not leave the ratio of this phone in good place.

Despite this tendency not to leave the frames to one side and to continue in the line of angular designs that may like more or less, Sony has left us a well finished terminal in a metallic material that does not slip and that maintains very discretely the protruding from the main chamber at the back, leaving us free of uncomfortable humps. In short, we speak of a comfortable terminal in hand, which does not weigh or become too large to hold, partly thanks to its measured thickness. Something that we should emphasize in terms of design is the position of fingerprint sensor, located on the side, which will or will not be a better option depending on the tastes of each user but in our case, also helped by their good responsiveness , has given us a satisfying experience.

And after having affected the screen ratio of this terminal, it is the turn to go deep into this part of the hardware. The Xperia XZ1 has an IPS panel of 5.2 inches, diagonal contained in which FullHD resolution is offered, which in combination, gives us a clear visual experience with very good reproduction of the color and sufficient brightness, although we encounter the effect sharpening in some texts. As we say, a good level of brightness, which responds to the dreaded rays of the sun although we have to point out that the setting of automatic brightness is somewhat lame at night leaving us a bit to visual drift. In spite of this we do not find problems in other situations, and we have great variety of adjustments to adapt the contrast and colors to our liking.

Being a high-end, we did not expect the performance of the Xperia XZ1 to disappoint us and certainly not. It arrives with the fashionable processor of the top of the range, the Snapdragon 835, accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and a fairly clean operating system that has left us an experience of silky use and without the presence of the dreaded lags. In spite of that we have a paste that is repeated in other terminals of the mark: the temperature, an evil already known in terminals of the mark. Although this does not affect the performance of the phone, it can be annoying to handle, especially if we are in summer or generally in warmer environments

As we say, either by the processor chosen and well by the software, as Sony leaves us this terminal with Android 8.0 Oreo fresh out of the oven standard, but that yes, imposing the customization and quite a few applications preinstalled that despite not affect the performance , could have been less. As we see we have a powerful processor that meets but needs to feed, because like the cars of larger displacement, it requires more fuel and here Sony kills of starvation to his Xperia XZ1. And is that the company has cut the battery to the 2,700 mAh, a figure that does not let the full day without a load with moderate use but leaves us a little in the lurch when we go towards more intensive use.

Camera: no folds but manual mode

If there is a word with which we could define Sony's strategy with this phone and all that is: continuismo. And is that to stay in their thirteen and leave aside completely the market trends is not left alone in the design, but also jumps to another element sprinkled by the mainstream: dual cameras. Despite not being the norm, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is the vivid image (worth the redundancy) that two cameras are not necessary to obtain impeccable results, and in the tests that we have realized we have been able to verify an exquisite level of detail, a faithful color processing and a well-adjusted white balance.

Yes, lovers of bokeh or optical zoom, forget it, because this Exmor RS 19-megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 s G lens does not offer it, but as compensation, there are improvements in the predictive focus and a new mode that allows we make 3D portraits. With abundant light the camera complies with the results, giving realistic colors and good white balance and, as expected, in night shots, with less luminous conditions, the noise begins to make an inevitable presence. We can see samples in different situations in this gallery of Xataka analysis.

But what we most thank to Sony is that it has decided at last to give a washing of image and bowels to the software of his camera that until now, had sin of simple. In this case we find more options for the manual mode and also the possibility of recording in slow motion. As for the innovative 3D capture add that our experience has been nothing positive, because depending on the environment and the item itself that we scan, we will find different situations not always easy to handle. Also the application does not allow manual focus, so the result as we can see in the photo above, has left us with bad taste.

Sound-proof audio sound

Here Sony is pointed somewhat in its favor, and is that the menu of audio settings in this Xperia XZ1 has a lot of options to fine-tune the listening experience to our liking and in general features, the audio experience in this Phone is really good. The sound is emitted in stereo by the two frontal speakers that do not reduce the quality nor with high volumes, although we begin to perceive the loss of this one around 80-90% of the total volume.

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