Sony Xperia X1, XZ1 and XZ Compact: Were Sony’s IFA highlights already leaked?


The IFA consumer electronics tradeshow in Berlin is drawing near. In addition to Samsung, LG and others, Sony has also been one of the manufacturers that consistently keeps smartphone highlights in store for the trade show, and it will continue in 2017 with three new Sony Xperia smartphones.

In the past, Sony Mobile has always showcased at least one compact and one flagship smartphone at the IFA in Berlin. Last year in 2016, they were the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact, and 2015 saw the launch of the Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact on the Berlin exhibition grounds.

And it looks like 2017 will also see the debut of an Xperia trio in the smartphone world, and current leaks definitely point in that direction. The central theme for all new Xperia smartphones will be the Motion Eye camera, which we know from the XZ Premium and XZs, along with the 960 fps SuperSloMo.

Sony Xperia X1 to make a comeback without Windows Phone

Rumor has it that the Xperia X1 will be one of Sony’s IFA highlights. If the name sounds familiar to you, then it’s probably because the Xperia X1 was already released in 2008. However, Sony still used Windows Phone 6.1 for the Xperia X1 at the time and below its 3-inch display sat an optical trackpad that was used to navigate through the Windows Phone menus.

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The Motion Eye camera will be used in three more Sony smartphones for IFA 2017. / © AndroidPIT

The Xperia X1 will probably not make its comeback in this form, but at least it’s recycling the name. Early rumors about the Xperia X1 (2017) say that it’s a smartphone with a still-unknown screen size and the mid-range Snapdragon 660 SoC by Qualcomm. Furthermore, rumors indicate that the chipset will come with 4 GB of RAM and that the smartphone will sport a 2,800 mAh battery. It’s very likely that the Xperia X1 will be the most affordable Sony smartphone with the Motion Eye camera.

Sony Xperia X1: rumored technical specs

Display unknown
Internal storage unknown
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 
Camera 19 MP rear (Motion Eye with 960 fps SuperSloMo)
Battery 2,600 mAh

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (G8841): Back to the compact flagship

Until IFA 2016, the Japanese smartphone manufacturer was known for its powerful smartphones with a display size under 5 inches. The compact line has always been characterized by high-end equipment in a handy size until the introduction of the X Compact in 2016. Unfortunately, Sony has abandoned this path in 2016 and used mid-range hardware in the Xperia X Compact. As a result, the X Compact did not receive our recommendation as the best compact smartphone in our review.

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The X Compact saw Sony forego the old approach. / © AndroidPIT

Sony wishes to return to high-end hardware again for 2017. The smartphone with the internal codename G8841 will probably be released with the Snapdragon 835, 4 GB RAM, a 2,800 mAh battery and, of course, the 19 MP Motion Eye camera. Since the Xperia XZ1 also bears the “Compact” moniker, we can expect a 4.6-inch Full HD display. Whether it will come with Android O or Nougat at first with an option to update remains to be seen.

I hope the Xperia XZ1 Compact comes with Android O

What do you think?

According to a leak from a Polish online retailer, the XZ1 Compact will be available in four colors (Black, Horizon Blue, Snow Silver and Twilight Pink) and cost 2,749.99 PLN. When converted, that would be approximately $742.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: rumored technical specs

Display 4.6-inch, Full HD
Internal storage unknown
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 
Camera 19 MP rear (Motion Eye with 960 fps SuperSloMo)
Battery 2,800 mAh

Sony Xperia XZ1: The little brother of the XZ Premium 

To date, the Xperia XZs has been the little brother of the 5.5-inch Xperia XZ Premium. Although the XZs had its big brother’s Motion Eye camera, it had to make do with a Snapdragon 820 on the inside. Rumors indicate that the XZ1 will be the true 5.2-inch offshoot of the XZ Premium at IFA 2017.

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Sony Mobile’s current flagship is the Xperia XZ Premium. / © AndroidPIT

The presumed technical data of the smartphone internally designated as G8341 suggests that it is technically identical to the Xperia XZ Premium with the exception of the display (5.2 inches, Full HD), and the battery (3,000 mAh). As it has done with the XZ1 Compact, the Polish online shop has also temporarily leaked the color variants and the prices for the XZ1. The colors match those of the XZ1 Compact and the XZ1’s price—at 3,206.99 PLN (approx. $866)—is just about a hundred dollars more than the Compact.

Sony Xperia XZ1: rumored technical specs

Display 5.2-inch, Full HD
Internal storage unknown
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 
Camera 19 MP rear (Motion Eye with 960 fps SuperSloMo)
Battery 3,000 mAh

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