Sony Xperia XZ1 Launches in the Philippines; Price, Specs, Oreo

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First seen at IFA 2017, the Sony Xperia XZ1, features the company’s new Motion Eye camera, flagship specs, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Philippines

The Sony Xperia XZ1 officially launches in the Philippines. The company’s latest flagship comes with powerful specs that include a new unique technology in the Motion Eye camera, a Snapdragon 835 processor, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

Let’s take a quick rundown on what the Xperia XZ1 offers.


The XZ1’s Motion Eye uses the 19MP rear camera equipped with a mobile Exmor-RS sensor, a f/2.0 25mm wide lens and large pixel size. It has an interesting feature where it can scan your face and head, resulting in a 3D image that can then be used to create various AR effects, on gaming or 3D printing.

The front camera uses a 13MP Exmor RS sensor with 22mm lens and an aperture of f/2.0.

In case you’re not aware, Sony is known to supply the sensors of many great smartphones. So expect good things from this shooter.


The XZ1 fronts a 5.2-inch full HD Triluminos display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 and a pixel density of 424 ppi. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Sony claims the screen reaches up to 700 nits of brightness, and is HRD rated.

Should Sony have gone with a quad HD display instead? The HRD and front facing speakers makes this phone a great device for watching videos. Maybe they should have. But full HD and the 424 ppi pixel density is sharp enough for most.


Design-wise, Sony used the familiar rectangular design with sharp corners and big top and bottom bezels. This time, there is an actual reason for the top and bottom bezels as the phone is equipped with front facing S-Force Surround sound speakers.

While the tried-and-true design still looks good, it’s starting to feel dated and might need to be refreshed.

Processor, RAM, Oreo

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 540 graphics unit. It comes with 64GB storage with a microSD expansion slot up to 256GB. It also has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, an audio jack, and a 2,700 mAh battery with fast charging. The phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.

It’s a good thing Sony didn’t follow the trend of removing the audio jack on flagships. Dongles are irritating, messy and easy to lose. The rest of the specs though look great, with the exception of the battery. In this day and age, the 2,700 mAh battery just won’t cut it.


The Sony Xperia XZ1 will have a price of Php39,990.

Sony Xperia XZ1 specs:

  • 5.2-inch IPS Triluminos Full HD Display (1920 x 1080; 424 ppi)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
  • Adreno 540 Graphics Unit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage +microSD up to 256GB
  • 19MP Rear Camera, EIS, PDAF, Laser AF, LED Flash
  • 13MP Front Camera, f/2.0, 22mm, 1080p Video
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth v5.0, aptX
  • NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Fingerprint Scanner (Side Mounted),
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 2,700 mAh Battery, Quick Charge
  • Php39,990

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