Sony launched its latest flagship smartphones, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact at its IFA event. The flagship lineup for Sony is represented by both the smartphones and they will work on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-box. Other than Google Pixel and Nexus devices, the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are amongst the first smartphones to receive Android Oreo.
Consumers who purchase the latest Sony flagships will get to experience Android Oreo, along with the performance of a flagship smartphone, however, what about the previous Sony devices? Sony, on its blog, has confirmed the names of devices which will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update in the near future. The Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia XA1 Plus and Xperia Touch are all getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.
The above stated devices range from flagships to mid segment and it is reassuring for consumers that Sony is not playing favourites in providing updates.The Xperia Z lineup seems to have been left behind and will not jump onto the Oreo bandwagon. This could hurt Sony in the long run. Many of the users took to the comments to express their discontent for Sony not releasing Android 8.0 updates for the Xperia Z lineup. It has only been two years since the Z5 was launched, yet the device didn’t make the list.
The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact smartphones are both are powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset and sport Sony’s 19MP Motion Eye camera at the rear. They also get the 960fps slow motion video shooting capabilities introduced last year. The smartphones differ mainly in their screen size as the Xperia XZ1 gets a 5.2 inch FHD HDR display, while the XZ1 Compact sports a 4.6 inch HD screen. Both the smartphones feature 4GB RAM, however, XZ1 gets a higher storage of 64GB whereas the XZ1 Compact receives 32GB of internal storage. Both the smartphones allow memory expansion via micro-SD card. Both the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact and are powered by 2700mAh batteries