Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now costs $505 (or $549 with a $50 Best Buy gift card included)


About a month after making its US debut, the Sony Xperia XZ1
Compact – one of the world’s first smartphones to run Android 8 Oreo out of the
box – is now almost $100 cheaper.

 

Amazon is currently offering the Xperia XZ1 Compact starting
at $504.99 – $95 off the phone’s launch price ($599.99). Only the black version
of the XZ1 Compact is available for $504.99, while the other three color
verstions – pink, blue, silver – cost $549.99.

 

Best Buy is discounting the Xperia XZ1 Compact, too, selling
the phone for $549.99, regardless of color. Best Buy is throwing in a $50 gift
card …


Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1, the first Android Oreo phone in the US, is now $100 off


Officially released in September as the first smartphone to
run Android 8 Oreo out of the box in the US, the Sony Xperia XZ1 was initially sold for
$699.99, then for $649. Now, the water-resistant handset can be bought for less than $600, US warranty
included.

 

Amazon is currently selling the Moonlit Blue version of the
Xperia XZ1 for $589, and the Black version for $579.90. If you want to
purchase the Venus Pink or Warm Silver models, you’ll have to pay $599.99.
Regardless of the version you’re getting, you’ll save at least $100 (compared
to the phone’s launch price).  

 

While …

Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium and XZs are getting a camera distortion fix


Four of Sony’s recent high-end smartphones – the Xperia XZ1,
XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, and Xperia XZs – feature rear cameras with lenses that
are a bit wider than on most smartphones. While this means you can capture more
of your surroundings in just one shot, it also means photos can exhibit some
visible perspective distortion.   

 

Plenty of Sony fans have been complaining about the
distortions that the new Xperia cameras are producing, and, thankfully, Sony
now has a fix for the problem. 
The fix comes in the form of a software update,
and includes a “Correction for …

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review


“It’s just the right size!” – that’s what my girlfriend exclaimed when I presented to her the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. Little did she know that behind its humble appearance was a tiny beast of a phone – one that had as much processing power as a top-of-the-line Android flagship. And there’s so much more to like about Sony’s latest pocket-friendly handset, but ultimately, is its price of $600 justified? Well, perhaps it is.

DesignUninspiring with its boxy look, but sturdy and practical.

So yes, as its name suggests, size is a key selling point for the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. …

Sony Xperia XZ1 is already $50 cheaper in the US


It’s not often that a flagship smartphone gets a price cut
shortly after its official launch, and yet this is exactly what happened with
the Sony Xperia XZ1. Available in the US since a few weeks ago, the
Xperia XZ1 can now be bought starting at $649 – $50 off its $699 launch
price.  

 

This lower price makes the Sony Xperia XZ1 only $50 more
expensive than the smaller (but still powerful) Xperia XZ1 Compact, which was
released last week for $599.

 

At the moment, only the black and blue versions of the
Xperia XZ1 are offered for $649. If you want to get the handset …

Sony Xperia XZ1 launches in the US as the first phone to run Android Oreo out of the box


Announced a few weeks back alongside the Xperia XZ1 Compact
and Xperia XA1 Plus, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is now available to buy in the US,
becoming the first among the three new Xperias to be released stateside.

 

Priced at $699.99 unlocked, the Xperia XZ1 succeeds the
Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ, offering a largely similar design, but improved
features. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the XZ1 is that it’s the world’s
first commercially available smartphone to run Android 8 Oreo out of the box. This means it’s got all
the latest software enhancements from Google, including adaptive …

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: are you happy the flagship Compact is back?

So, last year, it seemed like Sony had made the decision to kill off the flagship Compact series — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh. In 2015, we got the Xperia Z5 Compact, which had almost the same specs as the regular Z5, but in a smaller body. Then, in 2016, Sony took a turn and released an Xperia X Compact — same concept for size, but midrange hardware inside. “Is that the end for pocket-friendly flagships?” we asked.

Seems not. Xperia XZ1 Compact is here and shows that Sony is back …

Sony's new 3D Creator app won't be exclusive to the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact

Last week, Sony debuted its Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact handsets to mixed reactions — their top-tier specs and somewhat reasonable price were overshadowed by their derivative design and lack of unique features. Well, almost: the one standout feature is the 3D Creator app, which lets users scan three-dimensional objects using their device’s rear camera, and then use it in various cute and/or creepy ways.

But once you think about it, this app doesn’t seem to rely on any particular hardware feature of the XZ1 duo, whose chipset and camera are identical …

Xperia XZ1 vs XZs vs XZ Premium: Sony flagship comparison

Staying true to its half-year upgrade cycle, Sony has announced its new top smartphone, the Xperia XZ1. If you were hoping for something brand new and revolutionary from Sony, just move on, because it isn’t here. Not this year. This year, we have yet another small refinement to the company’s flagships phone formula, resulting in a very minor upgrade over the XZs, which was released in the first half of the year. Still, the XZ1 is here, so we figured we could take a closer look at the few differences between Sony’s new flagship, the XZs, and, why not! – the XZ Premium big-screen …

Sony says you shouldn't use the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact underwater, despite them being water-resistant

Earlier today, Sony announced two new high-end, dust- and water-resistant phones: Xperia XZ1 (pictured above) and Xperia XZ1 Compact. Even though both handsets are IP68-certified (which normally means they should survive underwater for 30 minutes at depths of up to 1.5 meters), Sony says you “should not put” any of the two phones “completely underwater.”

Here’s exactly what Sony states about the water resistance of the Xperia XZ1 in a footnote on its official website (also valid for the Compact):

“Xperia XZ1 is water resistant and protected against …