Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Launched at IFA 2017

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Well first off, it's the first smartphone to be announced with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

We're really impressed by the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, it's refreshing to see Sony doing something different to everyone else. Trying to lure consumers into buying its new handsets, Sony released promo videos for each of them. The Xperia XZ1 Compact also features the same camera specifications so you don't have to compromise in this regard.

No word was said on Xperia XA1 Plus price.

As mentioned earlier today, it comes with a 3430 mAh battery along with Qnovo adaptive charging and Pump Express+ 2.0 quick charging support.

Sony also won't be partnering with any carriers to help bring these phones to the masses. Powering all this hardware is a 2700mAh non-removable battery unit. Black, blue, silver, turquoise, pink and red are the colors you can pick from. Users can also install microSD cards of up to 265GB for additional storage. The Xperia XZ1 is also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance.

Both of the devices come in black, pink, blue white-silver and black, though the company has given most of the colours a special name. "Rounding off the premium camera experience is the first-class 13-megapixel front camera with a 1/3" sensor and a display flash so you'll get outstanding selfies in any light.

The pricing for all three new Xperia smartphones for Singapore is yet to be confirmed, but The Straits Times understand that local availability should be around October. The Xperia XZ1 succeeds the Xperia XZs and XZ, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact takes over from 2016's Xperia X Compact. In the front, it has a small 4.6 (inch) HD Display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, protection of Gorilla Glass 5 is there. The Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact will launch worldwide at the end of September with Android 8 Oreo, for respectively EUR 699 and EUR 599, while the Xperia XA1 Plus will launch later this autumn for EUR 349.

A new feature on the XZ1 is a 3D scanning mode.

Sony Bravia TV technology enhances the 5.2 inch display, while the speaker promises up to 50 percent more sound pressure than previous Xperia models and noise cancelling of up to 98 percent when used with compatible headphones.

The devices also get the 3D Creator app, which allows users to scan an object, save a 3D image and then get it printed via a 3D printer.

In both cases you're getting a 4.6-inch mobile with a shiny plastic finish (or space-worthy glass fibre woven plastic in the XZ1 Compact's case).

What about internals? The flagship includes a Snapdragon 835 processor, as well as 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The standout feature on the smartphone is the ability to capture images in 3-D.

Sony is sticking to what it does best with the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. The 2,700 mAh battery might be a bit worrying, but Sony is famous for its STAMINA mode in that regard.

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