Sony Mobile announced yesterday at IFA 2017 its stunning new Xperia XZ1. The latest addition the Xperia X series family, the Xperia XZ1 incorporates the latest Motion Eye camera for capturing details beyond human eye capability, new ground-breaking 3D scanning technology for smartphone, class-leading HDR display technologies for beautiful on-screen images, and a premium audio experience with Hi-Resolution Audio. The Xperia XZ1 also combines advanced processing power with super-fast download speeds, all wrapped up in a timeless premium design.

Xperia XZ1 combines Sony’s latest technologies and we are thrilled to introduce our latest cutting-edge device to our New Zealand market,” said John Featherstone, Managing Director of Sony Mobile Oceania.

“Our 3D Creator feature is a real breakthrough in smartphone technology. Thanks to our innovative in-house algorithm, the Xperia XZ1 helps unleash creativity, making 3D scanning an easily accessible process so our customers can enjoy everyday life in a truly interactive and futuristic way.

Not to mention the ground-breaking Motion Eye camera technology that allows Super slow motion video playback and new Predictive capture. The Xperia XZ1 is no doubt a compact device with so much to offer for our New Zealand supporters.”

Xperia XZ1 incorporates the latest Motion Eye camera built using know-how from Sony’s ‘α’ and Cyber-shot camera ranges, for capturing life in ways no other smartphone can.  Its memory-stacked Exmor RS image sensor pushes motion capture to the next level and produces exceptional image quality. You can create sensational videos from your everyday moments by recording in 960 frames per second, providing stunning Super slow motion video playback. In addition, new Predictive Capture stays one step ahead and automatically starts buffering images when it detects action or even a smile, before you press the shutter button. So you can find a moment you may have missed from a selection of up to four shots. Its new Autofocus burst intelligently follows your subject, adjusting the focus to make sure your action shots stay sharp. Rounding off the premium camera experience is the first-class 13-megapixel front camera with a 1/3” sensor and a display flash so you will get outstanding selfies in any light.

Showing a breakthrough in mobile creativity, 3D Creator is Sony’s unique, innovative in-house algorithm for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects, offering a new world of creative possibilities. For the first time ever in a smartphone, you can capture high quality 3D scans of objects in just one minute using the four scan modes; head scan, face scan, food scan, and freeform scan. Each mode has its own custom guides for ease of use and after finishing your object scan there are various playful options. Either share with your friends on messenger apps using 3D stickers or upload to the 3D community such as Sketchfab, make your scan come to life by creating an avatar to use in the camera’s AR effects options, third party apps or as a live wallpaper.

You can even send your scan to a 3D printer to make it into a memorable keepsake. Within the 3D Creator app you can also choose the ‘Find More’ button which offers you more creative possibilities available through Google Play, so you can explore a wider and ever growing 3D ecosystem.

Harnessing unique Sony technologies is what gives the Xperia range its immersive entertainment capabilities. Using Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia XZ1 brings more colour and contrast to immerse yourself in your favourite shows and movies in stunning realism, by incorporating HDR (High Dynamic Range) in its 5.2” Full HD display. Further technologies, including TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile, X-Reality™ for mobile and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer work together to give razor-sharp, detailed, and brighter images in the palm of your hand.

Sony incorporates its expertise in premium audio experience with the Xperia XZ1, which allows you to immerse yourself in the truly authentic sound of Hi-Resolution Audio, enabling you to enjoy every nuance and detail in a track as if you were listening live with the artist. Thanks to Sony’s DSEE HX you can also enjoy more of your music in near Hi-Resolution with its upscaling capability. Enjoy your music and movies with or without headphones using the evolved stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround, bringing you 50% more sound pressure than previous Xperia models. Plus the built in Digital Noise Cancelling (DNC) technology reduces exterior noise by up to 98% when paired with DNC headphones for undisturbed listening.

Every aspect of the Xperia XZ1 is unified to you and encased in a timeless design built with Sony’s craftsmanship. The exterior has Sony’s signature flagship loop surface with a seamless metal body for a premium, understated look, and refined feel in your hand. It’s designed with active usage in mind, and has been constructed with a full body joint structure that is strong against any twist and bend. Equally tough against outside elements, Xperia XZ1 is water resistant, dust-proof, and reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the display so it’s tough enough to take on your everyday. For a personalised touch, the integrated fingerprint sensor recognises you intuitively, giving you a unique and secure assurance. To enhance your lifestyle choices, Sony’s new h.ear (pronounced ‘hear’) headphones (h.ear on 2 Mini Wireless, h.ear on 2 Wireless NC and h.ear in 2 Wireless) will also be available in harmonised colours to complement your Xperia.

Xperia XZ1 is powered by the cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with X16 LTE, designed to provide blazing fast Gigabit LTE downloads speeds (up to 1Gbps) and performance to enjoy a modern and efficient lifestyle. The Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform is engineered to support stunning graphics, smooth performance, and enhanced battery efficiency. Perfect for smooth, responsive gameplay of your favourite PlayStation 4 games using PS4 Remote Play.  File transfers are also super-charged thanks to the USB 3.1 connection which is 10 times quicker than USB 2.0 with a transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. Keeping your XZ1 powered with all day reliable battery, offering plenty of power on a full charge. But on days when you’re using extra energy, Smart Stamina works ahead of time to keep you powered up by estimating how long your current battery will last based on how you normally use your phone. And if it thinks you’re going to run out, it will prompt you to activate Stamina mode which cuts energy consumption so your battery lasts longer. Its charging technologies, Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging, help the battery stay healthy to give you a longer battery lifespan.

A range of supporting accessories will be available including the Style Cover Touch and Style Cover Stand, in addition to Quick Charger UCH12W which provides hours of battery time by plugging in for just a few minutes.

New Zealand availability and product options will will be released in a few months time. For more info on the XZ1 and for the full specifications of the Xperia XZ1, visit the Official Site here.