If it comes to the “most conservative” in design and Apple comes in second, only Sony can stand first. Since the Sony Xperia Z (early 2013), the top Xperia models are kept squarely rectangular. There are changes in material and finishing details, but the design of the Xperia line is consistent.
The design of the Xperia XZ1 has the advantage of being very powerful, characteristic. But it does not have the edge of thin screen as the high-end machine this year, the bright color edges create a thick border. When handled, the XZ1 is also sharp in the corner but not smooth as the edge. But with the 5.2-inch screen, the size of the XZ1 is still neat and can be used with one hand.
After styling and looking at the details, can see the unique design features, less see on other phones. If the metal case phones normally place the antenna strip on the back, the XZ1 puts three antenna bands on the two edges. The SIM tray is placed under the lid by hand, no need to sting. The hard-drive button is also a feature that Sony maintains while most other players have give up. The details make the border slightly confusing.
Overall, the XZ1’s design is a combination of a familiar, somewhat old-fashioned look and unique or slightly stylized design. This design will appeal to people who already know or like the Xperia line, but not a form that attracts the masses.
Screen and sound
The XZ1’s screen is small in size and has lower resolution than its competitors. The screen size is 5.2 inches, but the actual usage is only about the 4.7 inch smartphone as part of navigation has been lost in many applications.
In terms of display quality, there is nothing to blame on XZ1. The screen is bright, can see clearly when used in the sun, good viewing angle. The default mode is the standard display for bright and vivid colors. In addition, the machine has two other options are professional mode, for true color and ultra-vivid mode. The XZ1’s display is also equipped with an HDR feature, which supports displaying HDR content on YouTube and Netflix. This feature brings brighter, brighter images to supported content.
Sound is always one of the highlights of the Xperia. Dual speakers of XZ1 have a large volume, sound quality and balance, even when opened at the highest volume also keep the sound does not break. The clear two-channel effect provides a far wider sound field compared to conventional speakers.
It also supports a wide variety of high quality audio formats such as LPCM, DSD, ALAC and also AptX HD wireless audio standard and Bluetooth 5. The company also does not follow the “trend” 3.5mm port, so You can use any headset with XZ1. Overall, Sony is still investing heavily in the high end of the handset.
Without the dual camera movement, the XZ1 is equipped with a single camera with a resolution of 19MP. The camera’s interface and software do not change much – Superior Auto mode supports automatic adjustment based on shooting conditions and manual mode allows manual focus, shutter speed, brightness, ISO and White balance.
Shooting on the XZ1 is generally fast and simple. You can quickly capture the capture application by holding down the shutter button, taking a picture by pressing the icon on the screen or shutter button, focusing speed is quite fast when the light is good and the image is very fast. However, the image viewer software has problems, it takes about 3 seconds to download the image, before the image will be blurry, many people think of the damage. This is the point that most Sony cameras have, the advanced XZ1 is no exception. When switching to another photo viewer, such as Google Photos, the upload speed is much faster.
Thanks to the high resolution, good image processing, the photos are bright enough from XZ1 has good definition, showing many details. Color image is quite fresh though not as much as Note 8, especially the blue sky.
When the light conditions are poor, the sharpness is still pretty but not as impressive as the daytime picture. Despite the lack of Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), under very poor light conditions, the camera still offers a balance between sharpness, brightness and shutter speed (1/15 second).
The 13-megapixel front-facing camera is the only beauty feature that smoothes the skin, so the images are not as smooth and as “virtual” as the Oppo or Samsung, but the quality is still good even when shooting selfie at night.
The XZ1 is also equipped with the ability to slow down to 960 fps, which is four times higher than the Apple iPhone X. The actual video rotation is only 0.182 seconds long, then extended to 6 seconds. Sony to make a dedicated button for this slow motion while filming, but to capture the moment is not easy and you may have to try it many times. You will also need good lighting to get a better picture.
The plus of this mode is that you can rotate multiple times in the same video. At the right time, the video was very impressive.
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Performance and software
Inside the small body of the XZ1 is the most powerful configuration on the Android smartphone, with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory (expandable with MicroSD card up to 256GB). This configuration, combined with the lightweight, near-native Android software, provides a smoother experience on the XZ1.
The speed of the application, feedback touch operations are very fast. With a number of common operations such as opening and browsing the Web on Chrome, surfing the mail list and replying to Gmail messages, or displaying apps on the Play Store, the machine has a fast response rate, smooth frame rate . Compared with Exynos Note8 and Pixel XL, the XZ1 is a bit outdated with the Android’s graphing tool (GPU profiling), but with the naked eye, the difference is not much.
The games, the relatively fast download screen, equivalent to Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and a little lost Apple iPhone 8 Plus, frame rate is stable. Tested with GameBench’s performance-tracking software, the Warhammer 40K lightweight, heavy-duty, lightweight game console, with an average frame rate of 60 fps, and Dead Trigger 2’s 56 fps. Online gaming and lighter games of course can not make XZ1 difficult.
Sony is one of the fastest software update companies, and the XZ1 has been available for Android version 8.0 since August. The latest version of Android has added some features, however. Not much different than the previous Xperia.
One of the features highlighted by Sony in XZ1 is 3D scanning. This feature scans the human face or free-scans objects, then exports them to compatible 3D printers. It sounds pretty good, but in reality, 3D scanning is perfect for the face or head, because the lighting requirements are very good (the indoor light is not enough) and the person being scanned should keep it. Face is completely static, not moving in about 3 minutes.
For other scanning modes, the scanning process is simpler, but the results are not good because some of them are not nice. Overall, the XZ1’s 3D scanning is pretty handy if you have a 3D printer ready or you can print it conveniently, but for the most part it’s just fun.
With a 2700 mAh battery and top configuration, it is hard to wait for the XZ1 to carry a good battery life. Actually the battery of this phone is not bad. In the process of using the actual one week as the main engine, with all the usual operations: listening to call, surfing, social networking and entertainment game play, the machine can operate until late at night to weak battery. Screen brightness of about 5 hours. The amount of usage is enough for a day with moderate demands.
In terms of the usability of a smartphone, the XZ1 almost satisfies all standards: bright screen, beautiful display, beautiful and fast camera, powerful performance and stability, only the battery is not excellent. In addition, the product is equipped with many unique features such as 3D scan or movie 960 fps, although not both are easy to use and highly application.
But the design of the XZ1 is too old, and Sony also completely ignored the trend as dual cameras, the screen is not border. Loyal users may call this steady, but in other words, this conservatism makes the XZ1 unlike a modern smartphone launched in late 2017. For Sony fans, the price $800 and quality is probably enough to upgrade.
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