Continuing Sony’s baffling strategy of producing new smartphones every six months, Sony has launched the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. While technically positioned under the Xperia XZ Premium, both phones feature high-end specs including the same Snapdragon 835 SoC, staid design, and unique—if questionably useful—imaging features. Unfortunately, Sony hasn’t budged much on price: the Xperia XZ1 costs $700, just $100 less the the Z1 Premium. Both phones launch in September.
For that money you get 5.2-inch 1080p screen with support for HDR content covered in Gorilla Glass 5, IP68 water and dust-resistance, and Android 8.0 Oreo from the off. The smaller XZ1 Compact features a non-HDR 4.6-inch 720p screen, and swaps out the metal body for a glass fibre reinforced with plastic. The Xperia XZ1 comes in four colours: Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver and Black. The XZ1 Compact comes in Black, White Silver, Horizon Blue and Twilight Pink.