Sony will be at the IFA 2017 event that kicks off in less than a week’s time. The Japanese tech giant will be showing the world the new Xperia XZ1 and the smaller Xperia XZ1 Compact, both of which will be unveiled on the final day of this month.
The two phones are not quite new to keen followers. We’ve seen them in benchmarks and a retailer’s website, but we now have our first photos of the Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact in several color variants. And to be honest, this is not anything that our eyes are impressed with, especially after everything we’ve seen with respect to the LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Essential Phone as well as what is being rumored about the Google Pixel 2 XL and Apple iPhone 8.
Many OEMs that sell high-end phones have been taking a radical change in the design language of their smartphones. LG and Samsung have adopted a new near bezel-less design with an 18:9 aspect ratio. There’s word that the Google Pixel 2 XL will take a similar path and so will the Apple iPhone 8, however, leaked images of the Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact show that Sony is sticking to the same old design, which is, by the latest standards, very boring.
The huge bezels, in particular, are what turn me off. If you have been a fan of Sony for years now, you must be fed up of this design. At a time when every other company is doing something to trim the bezels, Sony wants to remain, well, Sony – and this could really be damaging.
Maybe it's not obvious.
About the Sony Xperia XZ1… pic.twitter.com/CAl4MpfAGR
— Phone Designer (@PhoneDesigner) August 24, 2017
Even though the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ1 family will keep the block design, the company will be offering some funky colors to go with the phone. So far, we’ve seen black and pink and they look stunning, but this won’t take away the fact that Sony phones will somehow feel so 1990s.
Despite the boring look, Sony is lining up some amazing specs for the duo. The Xperia XZ1 model will ship with a 5.2-inch Full HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a 19MP camera on the back. This also means that you don’t get a dual-lens camera, an area that Samsung has joined with the latest introduction of Galaxy Note 8.
As for the smaller Xperia XZ1 Compact, the screen size will be a 4.6-inch panel with an HD resolution and under the hood, the phone will reportedly keep the same specs as the Xperia XZ1 apart from the storage, which will be halved to 32GB.
So, speaking from the perspective of a Sony fan, aren’t you tired of this same design? Let us know in your comments below.