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Sony Xperia 1 vs Xperia XZ3: In-house flagships tussle

26 February 2019 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks, the Japanese giant Sony finally wraps off the cover from the much-awaited flagship Xperia 1. The company rebranded the flagship series to Xperia 1 when everyone was expecting Xperia XZ4. From the past few years, Sony's mobile division is struggling due to low sales and lack of innovative design, however, from since last year, Sony changed their flagships strategy. Last year Sony unveiled three flagship phones to attract buyers with different key selling aspects.

The Xperia XZ2 was unveiled in Q1 2018 with top-tier hardware and trimmed bezels design. The XZ2 Premium came as a surprise in Q2 2018 because no one was expecting the flagship phone from Sony at that time. The XZ2 Premium has dual rear cameras which makes it one of its kind. Later in September at the IFA event, the company launched Xperia XZ3 as the first flagship phone with an OLED display. This year Sony didn't unveil any new phone at the CES event instead the company took the stage at the MWC event to announce the flagship Xperia 1 alongside the mid-range Xperia 10/10 Plus and entry-level Xperia L3.

The newly announced Xperia 1 is bringing a lot of new features which we haven't seen on any Sony flagship phone so far. It introduces a new 21:9 aspect ratio which makes it one of its kind flagship phone, the rear side is adorned with triple rear cameras with tons of improvements to enhance the capturing videos and pictures experience. Are these goodies enough to upgrade from the last year's Xperia XZ3 or not which is just six months old?

Today we will put the latest Xperia 1 against the Xperia XZ3 to know the real differences and similarities between the two devices. It will also help out buyers to easily judge whether they should upgrade or not? Without any further delay, let's kick off with the

72 x 167 x 8.2 mm
6.5 inches - 3840x1644 px
73 x 158 x 9.9 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Design

As far as the design is a concern both the phones have glass and metal sandwich design. The glass rear on both the devices is gently curved from the edge. That's where the similarities between the two devices end. On the front-facing side, the Xperia 1 is taller but less wide than its predecessor. Sony opted 21:9 display that's why Xperia 1 is significantly taller than many phones in the market. Despite having a 21:9 aspect ratio it still has prominent bezel at the top of the bottom of the display.

On the other hand, the Xperia XZ3 comes with 2:1 display, it also has prominent bezels. Both the devices bottom bezel has Sony branding. The Xperia 1 glass is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 whereas the Xperia XZ3 has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Xperia 1 has triple cameras setup on the rear side aligned vertically in the center with dual LED flashlight at the top of the sensors. The Xperia XZ3 has single rear snapper with LED flashlight right above it.

The fingerprint scanner on the Xperia 1 is embedded on the right edge under a separate dedicated button. The XZ3 has a fingerprint scanner on the rear side below the camera setup. The Xperia 1 dimensions are 167 x 72 x 8.2mm whereas the Xperia XZ3 is less tall but wider and thicker at 158 x 73 x 9.9mm. Both the devices come with USB-C port for connectivity. Both the phones have IP68 certification which means both can resist against water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes. In terms of colors options, the Xperia 1 is available in white, purple, purple and black colors whereas the Xperia XZ3 is available in white, red, black and green.

Display

The Xperia XZ3 was packed with one of the best OLED displays of last year. The company followed Samsung's footstep of dual curved display and introduced dual curved P-OLED display. This year Sony took it to the next level by introducing Cinematic View display with increased aspect ratio but also the colors accuracy and saturation level.

The Xperia XZ3 is featuring a 6.0-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the display aspect ratio is 537 pixels-per-inch. The Xperia 1 is featuring a 6.5-inches flat display panel with a 4K screen resolution of 1644 x 3840 pixels. The display pixels density is 643 pixels-per-inch. The latest Xperia 1 comes with almost 100 more pixels per inches which makes it more smooth and finer than ever. Both devices support HDR10+.

Unfortunately due to traditional 2:1 display the XZ3 doesn't look like the latest flagship phone. On the other hand, Xperia 1 is superb for watching video content but not a perfect device to use single handidly.

Hardware

It's not surprising being the latest the Xperia 1 has an upper hand over the Xperia XZ3 in terms of performance. The age difference between the two phones is just six months but in the meantime, Qualcomm brought their latest best chipset for the 2019 flagships.

The Xperia XZ3 is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Octa-core is built on the second gen 10nm process. On the other hand, the Xperia 1 is packed with the Qualcomm's latest Octa-core Snapdragon 855 SoC built on the 7nm process.

The Xperia XZ3 was available with 4GB RAM whereas the Xperia 1 comes with 6GB RAM. In terms of native storage, the Xperia XZ3 can be purchased in either 64GB or 128GB storage whereas the Xperia 1 will be available in 128GB and 256GB storage. Both the phones support memory expansion up to 512GB using MicroSD.

In terms of raw performance, the Xperia 1 definitely has an upper hand but as daily drivers both the phones are equally good in handling HIFI games and multi-tasking. The Xperia 1 comes with Dolby Atmos audio with stereo speakers which provides great audio experience. Another prominent aspect is Game Enhancer mode which optimizes the device performance and also manages its battery life.

Specs Xperia 1 Xperia XZ3
Display 6.5-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 3840 x 1644 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 4GB
Storage 128GB/256GB Expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD 64GB/128GB Expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD
Rear camera Triple 12MP 19MP
Front camera 8MP 13MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 3,300mAh 3,300mAh
IP68 Yes Yes
OS Android Pie Android Pie
Camera

The Xperia XZ3 comes with a single rear snapper of 19MP with f/2.0 aperture. The device comes with optical and digital image stabilization. It can record 4K videos at 30 frames per second and also super-slow motion videos at 960 frames per second. The front-facing selfie snapper is 13MP with f/1.9 aperture. It can record Full HD videos at 30fps.

The Xperia 1 comes with triple rear cameras, the primary rear sensor is 12MP wide-angle sensors, it's a 26mm sensor with f/1.6 aperture. It has optical, electronic image stabilization and dual pixel autofocus. The secondary 12MP sensor is an ultra-wide angle 16mm sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Last but not least the third 12MP sensor is a 52mm telephoto module with f/2.4 aperture and OIS. The telephoto sensor provides an optical zoom up to 2x.

The Xperia not only Sony's first flagship with triple rear cameras but also it is packed with all ingredients to be amongst the best cameras in the market. The front-facing selfie snapper is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture. The Xperia 1 comes with a new Cinema Pro app which allows the user to capture videos at 24fps.

Software

The best thing is both the phones are pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box. Both have thick custom UI skin over the stock version of Android OS. Being the latest phone the Xperia 1 will receive the new software updates for a longer period as opposed to the Xperia XZ3.

Battery

The battery cell on the Xperia 1 remains similar like Xperia XZ3. Both the phones have 3,300mAh battery to keep the lights on. The XZ3 easily last one day on single charge, but there are two aspects which will affect the Xperia 1 battery life including a 4K display and better-optimized chipset. The Xperia XZ3 has wireless charging support but surprisingly Sony removed this feature with the Xperia 1. Both the phones have Smart Stamina mode and Battery care features.

Price

The Xperia 1 will be released for £849 in the UK later this year but the exact release date is still in the dark. At the aforementioned pricing, the device may cost around $1,100 for US buyers. The Xperia XZ3 was announced at £699 which makes it £150 cheaper than the latest flagship.

Due to being six months old, the Xperia XZ3 is currently available at a much cheaper price of £589. For the US market, it costs $799. So if you have budget constrains the Xperia XZ3 to emerge as a pretty good option at this price tag.

Conclusion:

It seems like Sony opted a strategy of releasing at least two flagships every year so if you own the XZ3 it is still a pretty great option despite being six months old. The latest Xperia 1 brings few special features including taller 21:9 display with 4K screen resolution, latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, and triple rear cameras.

The high price tag of the Xperia 1 could play a vital role in deciding your next flagship companion. If you can compromise on few aspects the Xperia XZ3 emerge as a pretty solid option but if you want the latest best from Sony you should for the Xperia 1. Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the Xperia 1 vs Xperia XZ3 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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Sony Xperia 1 vs Xperia XZ3: In-house flagships tussle
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JohnyD
JohnyD

When it comes to comparing two Sony phones, it's always been some sort of confusion over its camera feature. It's Sony and it's always going to be trustworthy. To me, at least :) :)

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