These two phones will be successors to the original Xperia XZ family, which recently received the ultimate model dubbed Xperia XZ Premium. In fact, some of the specs you find on the XZ Premium have been touted for the upcoming Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact thanks to the fact that both are up there with other 2017 flagship phones such as Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC U11, Moto Z2 Force and so on.
According to the latest leaks, which come from someone who has a good reputation in smartphone leaks related to the European market, Roland Quandt, says that the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ1 will be priced at £599 while the smaller model will set you back £499. This should mean that the former will cost about €650 while the latter will be about €550 in other European markets outside the UK, something that contradicts a previous listing on a Polish retailer’s website that put the prices at €750 and €650, respectively.
Nonetheless, if it’s indeed true that the latest will be the actual prices of the Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, many will be headed the company’s way, especially when looking at the specs the two phones are rumored to come with.
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) August 23, 2017
For the uninitiated, rumors and leaks suggest that Sony Xperia XZ1 will carry a 5.2-inch full HD display screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 3000mAh battery unit that supports fast charging. As for the XZ Compact, the display size will be smaller at 4.6 inches with an HD resolution, but the specs inside will still be massive, among them a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM. However, the storage will be halved to 32GB and the battery capacity trimmed down to 2800mAh.
Some rumors have also suggested that Sony might unveil the two phones with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Google has just published the source code to AOSP, meaning that all partner OEMs, including Sony, now have access to the OS. However, when they plan to roll it out – or release devices with the OS out of the box – is now out of Google’s control.
While the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will be announced in a week’s time, Sony is never in a hurry to release phones after unveiling them. This means that like the 2016 Xperia XZ, the new series might be available for purchase in October, the same month that Google is expected to unveil the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the first phones to be powered by Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
With this in mind, it might be possible to see the same Oreo dessert running on the Xperia phones out of the box. We only have a few days to find out this.