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Sony Xperia XZ1 Smartphone Review

Inge Schwabe, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Martin Jungowski), 12/02/2017

Family Matters. The XZ1 is the successor to the Sony XZ, Sony's initial high-end smartphone. As such, it seems to have inherited the latter's bias for incorporating some flaws. Nevertheless, the XZ1 is truly a member of the high-end squad.

For the original German article, see here.

During the IFA 2016 trade show Sony not only unveiled the Xperia Z5 Premium but also the top-tier high-end smartphone Xperia XZ. Our review unit is this particular phone’s successor, the Xperia XZ1. At first glance, we noticed that the camera resolution has dropped from 23 to 19 MP, but in return RAM has received a bump from 3 GB to 4 GB and the storage space has even doubled. Quite a few upgrades to begin with. In addition, like the Xperia XZ Premium the XZ1 is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 (8998) SoC, and even though we have only had the single SIM model in review a dual SIM version is also available. Competitors include other XZ-series phones as well as other non-XZ high-end smartphones, like for example the OnePlus 5.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 (Xperia Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 424 PPI, capacitive 10-point multitouch display, IPS, HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 64 GB 
, 51 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphone jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: fingerprint reader (on the side), accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, barometer, compass, color spectrum
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900), HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1,700, 1,900, 2,100), LTE (700, 800, 850, 900, 1,500, 1,700, 1,800, 1,900, 2,100, 2,300, 2,500, 2,600) CAT16, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.4 x 148 x 73.4 ( = 0.29 x 5.83 x 2.89 in)
Battery
13.5 Wh, 2700 mAh Lithium-Ion, Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 19 MPix 1/2.3" sensor, EIS (gyro), LED, [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.0, 22 mm, 1/3" sensor, 1080p
Additional features
Speakers: front-facing stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, Sony Xperia UI, 24 Months Warranty, dust and water-resistant (IP65/68), USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0, OTG, Miracast, DLNA, Wifi Direct, SAR: 0.8 W/kg, fanless
Weight
156 g ( = 5.5 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 54 g ( = 1.9 oz / 0.12 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Notwithstanding the fact that ever since the Xperia Z1, Xperia smartphones have slowly but surely transformed from modern to dull over the years their design is still undeniably unique. The entire case apart from the top and bottom panels is made of aluminum. The two exceptions are made of matching plastic, and we were unable to tell the plastic parts apart from the aluminum parts thanks to the very neat and smooth transition. Our review unit was clad in Silver, but the XZ1 is also available in Black, a rather softish Pink and an equally pale Blue. Gone is the circular power button, a characteristic Xperia symbol for many years, and in its stead we find the more common elongated power button with integrated fingerprint reader embedded into the aluminum case.

Unlike the protruding volume rocker, the power button is slightly recessed into the case and therefore very easy to distinguish from the former. In the bottom right corner (make that top right in landscape mode) we find a dedicated camera button that opens the camera app and acts as a shutter-release button once the app has been launched.

Although all controls are located on the sides, the bezels below and above the display are still fairly wide: 16 mm (~0.63 in) each. The stereo speakers located in these bezels are but a lame alibi.

Ensuring water and dust resistance are long-standing Sony traditions when it comes to smartphones, and IP65/68 certified XZ1 is no different. This means that it offers the highest currently possible resistance to dust particles and water, and can thus be washed under running water provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed.

All things considered the case is well-made and well-thought-out. Only the wide bezels above and below the display make it seem kind of dated and quaint.

Size Comparison

158.4 mm / 6.24 inch 78.1 mm / 3.07 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs156 mm / 6.14 inch 77 mm / 3.03 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 191 g0.4211 lbs154.2 mm / 6.07 inch 74.1 mm / 2.92 inch 7.25 mm / 0.2854 inch 153 g0.3373 lbs148.9 mm / 5.86 inch 68.1 mm / 2.68 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs148.9 mm / 5.86 inch 71.9 mm / 2.83 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 163 g0.3594 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 73.4 mm / 2.89 inch 7.4 mm / 0.2913 inch 156 g0.3439 lbs147 mm / 5.79 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs146 mm / 5.75 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 161 g0.3549 lbs145.3 mm / 5.72 inch 69.3 mm / 2.73 inch 6.98 mm / 0.2748 inch 144 g0.3175 lbs129 mm / 5.08 inch 64 mm / 2.52 inch 9.3 mm / 0.3661 inch 143 g0.3153 lbs

Connectivity

NFC and a notification LED are included as well. Changing the SIM card requires a phone restart. However, the phone features separate trays for the SIM and microSD card hidden behind the same cover to avoid a phone reboot every time one changes the microSD card. Only the microSD tray slides out by default, the SIM card tray requires a separate SIM tool or long finger nails. Arduous for sure, but not a big deal given that SIM cards are rarely ever swapped. 51 GB of the internal storage’s 64 GB is available out of the box, and that is the least we except from a high-end $599 smartphone equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC (up to 2.45 GHz).

The octa-core processor, first introduced in March of 2017, is characterized among other things by its connectivity features like Bluetooth 5 and LTE Cat. 16 (downloads with up to 1 GB/s). The Xperia XZ1’s USB 3.1 Type-C port supports USB-OTG and, at least in theory, HDMI capabilities. However, the XZ1 does not make use of this particular feature. After connecting the phone to a computer and installing the Xperia Companion software suite data between the phone and the PC can be exchanged directly via cable transfer instead of Bluetooth or cloud storage.

Additionally, the XZ1 also supports screen mirroring via Miracast - a feature that almost all Android smartphones are capable of these days - as well as media file exchange with DLNA-capable media servers and receivers.

top: microphone, audio
right: volume rocker, power button with integrated fingerprint reader, shutter release button
left: SIM card and microSD card tray
bottom: microphone, USB 3.1

Software

The phone comes with Android 8.0 Oreo preinstalled, and the Xperia UI differs only moderately from Google’s default user interface save for the custom icons. Possible customizations include special Xperia designs as well as three different grid patterns for home screen icon organization (3x4, 4x4, 5x5).

The phone’s preloaded software is a mixed bag. On the one hand apps like a custom calculator, a news suite, or special interest software such as the PlayStation app are not preinstalled by default and have to be downloaded and installed from the store if necessary. On the other hand, Sony’s video app requires downloading the “Video & TV SideView” app on first launch - an app, whose set of features has been drastically diminished over time. And while it might still be useful to some users, for example for detecting and connecting to media servers and receivers, we find it odd that it is a mandatory download even if one simply wants to watch a video saved on the smartphone’s internal storage on the smartphone’s internal screen. Thankfully, Google’s default apps for photos, videos, and music can be found in a separate Google folder in the app drawer.

The included file manager supports Google Drive and OneDrive integration in case the corresponding apps are installed, but lacks support for Box and DropBox. We have not tested any other cloud services.

The following screenshots show the full selection of apps available on the XZ1 out of the box.

Communication and GPS

The European model reviewed by us (G8341) supports all frequencies used by mobile operators in Europe and Germany in particular. Additionally, up to 22 extra LTE bands are supported as well. The phone is thus ideally suited for all those who travel abroad frequently. The North American variant seems to feature a very similar set of supported frequencies. The phone connects to both Wi-Fi spectra, 2.4 and 5 GHz, and also supports the fast ac standard. Connected to a FritzBox 7490 router the phone kept going strong even at a distance where most mid-range smartphones had already lost signal.

Transfer speeds recorded against our Linksys EA8500 reference router were at around 500 MBit/s both sending and receiving. And while all three Xperia smartphones excel in these tests and leave most of their competitors trailing far behind they are unable to keep up with the new iPhones and their potentially record breaking Wi-Fi capabilities.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
A11 Bionic GPU, A11 Bionic, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
914 MBit/s ∼100% +87%
Sony Xperia XZ1
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
489 MBit/s ∼54%
OnePlus 5
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
371 MBit/s ∼41% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S8
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
329 MBit/s ∼36% -33%
LG G6
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
325 MBit/s ∼36% -34%
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
308 (min: 48.8) MBit/s ∼34% -37%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S8
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
651 MBit/s ∼100% +30%
OnePlus 5
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
539 MBit/s ∼83% +8%
Sony Xperia XZ1
Adreno 540, 835, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
500 MBit/s ∼77%
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
A11 Bionic GPU, A11 Bionic, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
374 MBit/s ∼57% -25%
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
343 (min: 154) MBit/s ∼53% -31%
LG G6
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
220 MBit/s ∼34% -56%
GPS indoors
GPS outdoors

Outdoor location lock is obtained with an accuracy of 3 m (10 ft). However, we were astounded by the surprisingly low number of satellites the phone connected to. Indoors the GPS module lost track fairly quickly, and only managed to receive four rather weak separate signals when tested in a one-story building. 

On our bicycle tour together with the Garmin Edge 500, where we record and compare the track on both devices, the XZ1 did fairly well overall. Smartphones tend to cut corners in this test quite regularly and claim to have moved diagonally through buildings and walls, and the XZ1 was no different. In the first section of the test it cut the hairpin bends and located us next to the actual road in a later segment. All things considered the discrepancies were fairly low and the difference in recorded track length between the XZ1 and the Edge 500 was only 70 m (230 ft).

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Sony Xperia XZ1
Sony Xperia XZ1
Sony Xperia XZ1

Telephony and Call Quality

the included headphone's 3.5-mm plug protrudes from the jack when fully inserted

Sony resorts to the default Google interface for phone calls. Both conversational partners had no trouble understanding each other using the handset itself while on speakerphone, both sides were slightly distorted and not as clear anymore. The included headset is only mediocre at best when it comes to call quality due to its very effective passive ambient noise cancelation: the in-ear buds block both ear canals very effectively thereby rendering the sound of one’s own voice rather strange and unnatural. A crosscheck with Huawei’s active noise-cancelling headphones failed due to XZ1’s lack of support for the otherwise problem-free ANC headset.

Cameras

Compared to its predecessor, the XZ1’s main camera’s resolution has decreased from 23 MP to 19 MP. On the other hand, aperture has increased from f/2.3 to f/2.0, which is still pretty poor for a high-end smartphone camera. In poor lighting conditions, photos taken with the XZ1 showed a much higher amount of noise when compared to the OnePlus 5 or the Galaxy Note 8. In none of our camera tests was the XZ1 able to keep up with these two. Its depth of field effect was much worse when compared to the OnePlus 5, but in return it offered a higher level of detail. The sensor includes a dedicated buffer memory that among other things is used for the impressive 960 FPS slow-motion feature or 3D scans.

Using the camera is very straightforward. For one, the Xperia XZ1 features a dedicated camera button that can be used for launching the camera app and taking photos. Switching between the main and the front-facing camera within the app can be achieved by swipe gestures. The same is true for activating the so-called ‘intelligent auto-mode’ or manual mode within the settings. Using manual focus, one can achieve a minor bokeh effect even without the second lens, as can be seen on the leftmost photo.

The front-facing 22 mm wide angle camera features an aperture of f/2.0 and a comparatively high resolution of 13 MP and just like the main camera it has a few tricks up its sleeves. For one, it is capable of manual brightness and color balance adjustments even before taking a photo, as can be seen on the other three photos below. Only the one in the middle has been taken in full auto mode without manual adjustments. In poor lighting conditions the screen lights up and acts as a front-facing flash.

Additional software filters that some might find entertaining are included in Sony’s software as well, such as for example a filter that decorates selfies with stickers, enhances photos with sound recordings, or 3D scans that can be uploaded directly from within the app to various service providers.

main camera with manual focus
main camera with manual focus
secondary camera, colors cooler, higher brightness
secondary camera, colors cooler, higher brightness
secondary camera with no modifications
secondary camera with no modifications
secondary camera, colors warmer
secondary camera, colors warmer

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Color accuracy is determined in a controlled environment under normalized conditions. The test chart to the right shows the reference color in the lower half of each square, and we can see that Yellows are quite accurate whereas Blues, Greens, and Reds are oversaturated. This also affects Whites that turn out rather Grayish instead.

At least the photos are very sharp, and details are not only quite distinguishable in the middle but also along the edges of the photo. Usually, this is where photos tend to lean towards the blurry side.

Accessories and Warranty

Devices sold and purchased in the United States come with a limited 1-year warranty. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

The included charger is specified at 5 V 1.5 A, and in addition to the charger the box also contains a 3.5-mm headset with interchangeable caps in various sizes. The headset is nothing to write home about, and the plug itself protrudes from the headphone jack when fully inserted.

Documentation includes the mandatory paperwork as well as a quick start guide.

Optional accessories include cover stands in matching colors for around $40.

Input Devices and Handling

Despite its relatively large 16 mm (~0.63 in) bezel at the bottom, there are no controls located in that area whatsoever. This means that the usual Android buttons are on-screen at the very bottom and thus tend to get covered by apps in full-screen mode.

Instead of Google’s default GBoard keyboard, the XZ1 comes with SwiftKey preinstalled. It offers various customizations, such as height depending on whether one prefers larger keys or more usable space above the keyboard, or a row of numbers above the alphanumeric keys. The keyboard can also be moved towards the bottom right or bottom left corner for easier one-handed operation, and can be split in half in landscape mode to be more usable when using the thumbs to type. A free-floating placement anywhere on the screen is supported as well.

By default, the keys are labeled with their respective multiple assignments, but the special characters can be removed by selecting a different keyboard layout. Swipe gestures worked reliably and well on the display’s smooth surface.

The fingerprint reader is integrated into the power button on the side, which does have certain advantages. For one, if you take your phone into your hands the thumb is going to be resting on top of the power button in most cases anyway. Unlike rear-facing fingerprint readers, this one is also always accessible even with the phone placed face-up on the table. Pressing the power button triggers the fingerprint reader, and it worked very well and fast in our tests.

Display

The display’s resolution of 1920x1080 is adequate for a 5.2-inch display, and the resulting pixel density is 424 PPI.

Display brightness seemed very high at first glance, and we were able to determine an acceptable range between 586 and 620 nits depending on point of measurement. The resulting average of 610 nits is significantly higher than the XZ’s, and also trumps the Xperia Compact and even the Xperia XZ Premium flagship phone. Unfortunately, the XZ1’s black level is comparatively high, and the contrast ratio of 785:1 relatively low.

The ambient light sensor responsible for automatic brightness adjustment cannot be disabled from the quick settings in the notification area. Instead, one has to navigate all the way to the display settings.

Brightness regulation is implemented via PWM at 2358 Hz, and thus at a frequency sufficiently high for most users. Only the most sensitive might suffer from eye strain.

612
cd/m²
617
cd/m²
607
cd/m²
590
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
610
cd/m²
586
cd/m²
633
cd/m²
619
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 633 cd/m² Average: 610.4 cd/m² Minimum: 7.05 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 620 cd/m²
Contrast: 785:1 (Black: 0.79 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.02
Sony Xperia XZ1
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
IPS, 1280x720, 4.6
Honor 9
IPS/LTPS, 1920x1080, 5.15
Huawei P10
LTPS, 1920x1080, 5.1
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
LG G6
IPS LCD, 2880x1440, 5.7
Screen
-10%
18%
-0%
36%
28%
Brightness middle
620
566
-9%
550
-11%
547
-12%
559
-10%
646
4%
Brightness
610
560
-8%
535
-12%
556
-9%
538
-12%
611
0%
Brightness Distribution
93
98
5%
92
-1%
86
-8%
90
-3%
89
-4%
Black Level *
0.79
0.53
33%
0.42
47%
0.43
46%
0.38
52%
0.23
71%
Contrast
785
1068
36%
1310
67%
1272
62%
1471
87%
2809
258%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.2
4.6
-10%
3.3
21%
4.8
-14%
1.3
69%
4.5
-7%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.8
9.4
-62%
4.5
22%
8.8
-52%
2.7
53%
8.3
-43%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.9
6.5
-67%
3.6
8%
4.5
-15%
1.8
54%
6
-54%
Gamma
2.02 109%
2.14 103%
2.38 92%
2.39 92%
2.25 98%
2.27 97%
CCT
7086 92%
8189 79%
7226 90%
7194 90%
6797 96%
7996 81%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
67.74
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.05

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2358 Hz ≤ 24 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2358 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 24 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2358 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9394 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Subjectively speaking the XZ1’s display is crisp and vivid, and by default geared towards the in-house TRILUMINOS color space, which is larger than the default sRGB color space.

Sony offers two presets for the screen, a super vivid and a professional mode. In super vivid mode, colors cover almost the entire DCI-P3 color space. However, they are visibly oversaturated, particularly noticeable when looking at Cyan and Magenta. For the professional mode, Sony promises an authentic color representation based on the sRGB color space. Our spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software have confirmed this by and large, but have also detected visible deviations for all colors with large quantities of Cyan.

Grayscale (profile: standard, color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: professional, color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (profile: super vivid, color space: sRGB)
colors (profile: standard, color space: sRGB)
colors (profile: professional, color space: sRGB)
colors (profile: super vivid, color space: sRGB)
color space (profile: standard, color space: sRGB)
color space (profile: professional, color space: sRGB)
color space (profile: super vivid, color space: sRGB)
saturation (profile: standard, color space: sRGB)
saturation (profile: professional, color space: sRGB)
saturation (profile: super vivid, color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
25.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 17.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 44 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 31.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 54 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.8 ms).

The display is highly reflective in the sun, it remains usable however thanks to its high 610 nits display brightness. With no direct sunlight the display is easily readable outdoors, as can be seen in the third photo.

Colors do not distort when viewed at an angle. Instead, the upper part of the display did get noticeably darker when viewed at an angle regardless of orientation. This area is simply darker than the rest of the screen.

Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 is certainly one of the most powerful smartphone processors currently available, and many high-end phones are based around this SoC (Xperia XZ PremiumXZ1 CompactHTC U11LG V30,Pixel 2Pixel 2 XL.). All these phones are equipped with 4 GB of RAM, and while overall performance is quite similar between all of these, with Sony’s phones rarely ever taking the lead, the Xiaomi Mi 6 and OnePlus 5 are faster particularly in the graphics benchmarks thanks to more RAM (6 GB). The Exynos 8895 octa-core based Samsung Galaxy S8 was also faster, even though it was equipped with only 4 GB of RAM as well. That said, Apple’s A11 Bionic based iPhone 8 and iPhone X are way out of the Snapdragon 835’s league despite having access to only 2 GB and 3 GB of RAM, respectively. Apple benefits from having full control over the entire hardware.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
167748 Points ∼57%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
173403 Points ∼59% +3%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
150208 Points ∼51% -10%
HTC U11
175032 Points ∼60% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 6
181909 Points ∼62% +8%
OnePlus 5
177156 Points ∼60% +6%
LG V30
173749 Points ∼59% +4%
Google Pixel 2
166939 Points ∼57% 0%
Google Pixel 2 XL
166151 Points ∼57% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S8
171884 Points ∼59% +2%
Apple iPhone X
197851 Points ∼67% +18%
Apple iPhone 8
204270 Points ∼70% +22%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
6443 Points ∼54%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
6433 Points ∼54% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
6421 Points ∼54% 0%
HTC U11
6828 Points ∼57% +6%
Xiaomi Mi 6
6686 Points ∼56% +4%
OnePlus 5
6579 Points ∼55% +2%
LG V30
5603 Points ∼47% -13%
Google Pixel 2
7223 Points ∼60% +12%
Google Pixel 2 XL
6994 Points ∼58% +9%
Samsung Galaxy S8
5370 Points ∼45% -17%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
7056 Points ∼36%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
7695 Points ∼39% +9%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
7496 Points ∼38% +6%
HTC U11
8295 Points ∼42% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 6
7548 Points ∼39% +7%
OnePlus 5
7826 Points ∼40% +11%
LG V30
6854 Points ∼35% -3%
Google Pixel 2
8550 Points ∼44% +21%
Google Pixel 2 XL
8258 Points ∼42% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S8
6035 Points ∼31% -14%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
1181 Points ∼58%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1239 Points ∼61% +5%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1213 Points ∼60% +3%
HTC U11
1221 Points ∼60% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 6
1263 Points ∼62% +7%
OnePlus 5
1287 Points ∼63% +9%
LG V30
1009 Points ∼50% -15%
Google Pixel 2
1210 Points ∼59% +2%
Google Pixel 2 XL
1186 Points ∼58% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S8
1156 Points ∼57% -2%
Apple iPhone X
1682 Points ∼83% +42%
Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
5923 Points ∼21%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
6045 Points ∼21% +2%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
5791 Points ∼20% -2%
HTC U11
5976 Points ∼21% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 6
6206 Points ∼22% +5%
OnePlus 5
6144 Points ∼21% +4%
LG V30
5949 Points ∼21% 0%
Google Pixel 2
6052 Points ∼21% +2%
Google Pixel 2 XL
6142 Points ∼21% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S8
6096 Points ∼21% +3%
Apple iPhone X
9248 Points ∼32% +56%
Memory (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
1752 Points ∼23%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3444 Points ∼46% +97%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1501 Points ∼20% -14%
HTC U11
2085 Points ∼28% +19%
Xiaomi Mi 6
4054 Points ∼54% +131%
OnePlus 5
4423 Points ∼59% +152%
LG V30
2091 Points ∼28% +19%
Google Pixel 2
2942 Points ∼39% +68%
Google Pixel 2 XL
2927 Points ∼39% +67%
Samsung Galaxy S8
3039 Points ∼41% +73%
Apple iPhone X
1219 Points ∼16% -30%
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
5840 Points ∼35%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
5857 Points ∼36% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
5336 Points ∼32% -9%
HTC U11
5570 Points ∼34% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 6
5857 Points ∼36% 0%
OnePlus 5
5902 Points ∼36% +1%
LG V30
4238 Points ∼26% -27%
Google Pixel 2
5918 Points ∼36% +1%
Google Pixel 2 XL
5914 Points ∼36% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S8
5386 Points ∼33% -8%
Apple iPhone X
10281 Points ∼62% +76%
Overall (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
2909 Points ∼34%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3506 Points ∼41% +21%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2739 Points ∼32% -6%
HTC U11
3034 Points ∼36% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 6
3694 Points ∼44% +27%
OnePlus 5
3790 Points ∼45% +30%
LG V30
2702 Points ∼32% -7%
Google Pixel 2
3360 Points ∼40% +16%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3351 Points ∼40% +15%
Samsung Galaxy S8
3277 Points ∼39% +13%
Apple iPhone X
3737 Points ∼44% +28%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
7979 Points ∼18%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
7881 Points ∼18% -1%
HTC U11
8281 Points ∼19% +4%
OnePlus 5
8005 Points ∼18% 0%
LG V30
8016 Points ∼18% 0%
Google Pixel 2
7462 Points ∼17% -6%
Google Pixel 2 XL
7568 Points ∼17% -5%
Samsung Galaxy S8
8490 Points ∼19% +6%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
6493 Points ∼15%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
6491 Points ∼15% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
6541 Points ∼15% +1%
HTC U11
6443 Points ∼15% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 6
6714 Points ∼15% +3%
OnePlus 5
6799 Points ∼15% +5%
LG V30
6078 Points ∼14% -6%
Google Pixel 2
6256 Points ∼14% -4%
Google Pixel 2 XL
6253 Points ∼14% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S8
6711 Points ∼15% +3%
Apple iPhone X
10255 Points ∼23% +58%
Apple iPhone 8
10380 Points ∼24% +60%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
1856 Points ∼29%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1904 Points ∼30% +3%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
1915 Points ∼30% +3%
HTC U11
1906 Points ∼30% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 6
1938 Points ∼31% +4%
OnePlus 5
1973 Points ∼31% +6%
LG V30
1900 Points ∼30% +2%
Google Pixel 2
1924 Points ∼30% +4%
Google Pixel 2 XL
1916 Points ∼30% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S8
1997 Points ∼32% +8%
Apple iPhone X
4265 Points ∼67% +130%
Apple iPhone 8
4162 Points ∼66% +124%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
2928 Points ∼68%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1628 Points ∼38% -44%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2658 Points ∼62% -9%
HTC U11
2841 Points ∼66% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 6
3007 Points ∼70% +3%
OnePlus 5
3026 Points ∼70% +3%
LG V30
2931 Points ∼68% 0%
Google Pixel 2
3078 Points ∼71% +5%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3028 Points ∼70% +3%
Samsung Galaxy S8
2494 Points ∼58% -15%
Apple iPhone X
2361 Points ∼55% -19%
Apple iPhone 8
1989 Points ∼46% -32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
3961 Points ∼62%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3723 Points ∼59% -6%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
3925 Points ∼62% -1%
HTC U11
3883 Points ∼61% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 6
4072 Points ∼64% +3%
OnePlus 5
3757 Points ∼59% -5%
LG V30
3903 Points ∼61% -1%
Google Pixel 2
3974 Points ∼62% 0%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3872 Points ∼61% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S8
3472 Points ∼55% -12%
Apple iPhone X
3463 Points ∼54% -13%
Apple iPhone 8
2581 Points ∼41% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
3673 Points ∼64%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
2895 Points ∼50% -21%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
3549 Points ∼62% -3%
HTC U11
3590 Points ∼63% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 6
3775 Points ∼66% +3%
OnePlus 5
3566 Points ∼62% -3%
LG V30
3635 Points ∼63% -1%
Google Pixel 2
3733 Points ∼65% +2%
Google Pixel 2 XL
3646 Points ∼64% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S8
3194 Points ∼56% -13%
Apple iPhone X
3138 Points ∼55% -15%
Apple iPhone 8
2421 Points ∼42% -34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
2564 Points ∼58%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
1574 Points ∼35% -39%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2675 Points ∼60% +4%
HTC U11
2832 Points ∼64% +10%
Xiaomi Mi 6
2921 Points ∼66% +14%
OnePlus 5
3012 Points ∼68% +17%
LG V30
2808 Points ∼63% +10%
Google Pixel 2
3080 Points ∼69% +20%
Google Pixel 2 XL
2995 Points ∼67% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S8
2440 Points ∼55% -5%
Apple iPhone 8
1774 Points ∼40% -31%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
6057 Points ∼57%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
5107 Points ∼48% -16%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
6007 Points ∼56% -1%
HTC U11
5877 Points ∼55% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 6
6231 Points ∼59% +3%
OnePlus 5
4765 Points ∼45% -21%
LG V30
5895 Points ∼55% -3%
Google Pixel 2
6040 Points ∼57% 0%
Google Pixel 2 XL
5856 Points ∼55% -3%
Samsung Galaxy S8
4923 Points ∼46% -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
4649 Points ∼59%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3407 Points ∼44% -27%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
4705 Points ∼60% +1%
HTC U11
4744 Points ∼61% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 6
4978 Points ∼64% +7%
OnePlus 5
4219 Points ∼54% -9%
LG V30
4738 Points ∼61% +2%
Google Pixel 2
4977 Points ∼64% +7%
Google Pixel 2 XL
4831 Points ∼62% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S8
4015 Points ∼51% -14%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
23046 Points ∼27%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
13800 Points ∼16% -40%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
22530 Points ∼26% -2%
HTC U11
20140 Points ∼23% -13%
Xiaomi Mi 6
20330 Points ∼24% -12%
OnePlus 5
19411 Points ∼22% -16%
LG V30
14601 Points ∼17% -37%
Google Pixel 2
20482 Points ∼24% -11%
Google Pixel 2 XL
20233 Points ∼23% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S8
21543 Points ∼25% -7%
Apple iPhone X
25633 Points ∼30% +11%
Apple iPhone 8
24131 Points ∼28% +5%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
47857 Points ∼9%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
52358 Points ∼10% +9%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
54415 Points ∼10% +14%
HTC U11
55725 Points ∼10% +16%
Xiaomi Mi 6
58228 Points ∼11% +22%
OnePlus 5
58001 Points ∼11% +21%
LG V30
55271 Points ∼10% +15%
Google Pixel 2
55247 Points ∼10% +15%
Google Pixel 2 XL
54156 Points ∼10% +13%
Samsung Galaxy S8
36347 Points ∼7% -24%
Apple iPhone X
112489 Points ∼21% +135%
Apple iPhone 8
112424 Points ∼21% +135%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
31618 Points ∼13%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
32302 Points ∼14% +2%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
41396 Points ∼17% +31%
HTC U11
40014 Points ∼17% +27%
Xiaomi Mi 6
41172 Points ∼17% +30%
OnePlus 5
40229 Points ∼17% +27%
LG V30
34139 Points ∼14% +8%
Google Pixel 2
40116 Points ∼17% +27%
Google Pixel 2 XL
39456 Points ∼17% +25%
Samsung Galaxy S8
31532 Points ∼13% 0%
Apple iPhone X
64169 Points ∼27% +103%
Apple iPhone 8
62006 Points ∼26% +96%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
111 fps ∼1%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
109 fps ∼1% -2%
HTC U11
91 fps ∼1% -18%
Xiaomi Mi 6
119 fps ∼1% +7%
OnePlus 5
115 fps ∼1% +4%
LG V30
113 fps ∼1% +2%
Google Pixel 2
112 fps ∼1% +1%
Google Pixel 2 XL
112 fps ∼1% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S8
121 fps ∼1% +9%
Apple iPhone X
177.4 fps ∼1% +60%
Apple iPhone 8
161.3 fps ∼1% +45%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
60 fps ∼2%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
60 fps ∼2% 0%
HTC U11
58 fps ∼2% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 6
60 fps ∼2% 0%
OnePlus 5
60 fps ∼2% 0%
LG V30
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Google Pixel 2
59 fps ∼2% -2%
Google Pixel 2 XL
59 fps ∼2% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S8
60 fps ∼2% 0%
Apple iPhone X
59.4 fps ∼2% -1%
Apple iPhone 8
119.8 fps ∼4% +100%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
56 fps ∼10%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
47 fps ∼9% -16%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
53 fps ∼10% -5%
HTC U11
51 fps ∼9% -9%
Xiaomi Mi 6
63 fps ∼11% +13%
OnePlus 5
61 fps ∼11% +9%
LG V30
59 fps ∼11% +5%
Google Pixel 2
52 fps ∼9% -7%
Google Pixel 2 XL
59 fps ∼11% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S8
62 fps ∼11% +11%
Apple iPhone X
88.2 fps ∼16% +58%
Apple iPhone 8
70.8 fps ∼13% +26%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
52 fps ∼14%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
46 fps ∼13% -12%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
58 fps ∼16% +12%
HTC U11
29 fps ∼8% -44%
Xiaomi Mi 6
56 fps ∼15% +8%
OnePlus 5
56 fps ∼15% +8%
LG V30
35 fps ∼10% -33%
Google Pixel 2
54 fps ∼15% +4%
Google Pixel 2 XL
35 fps ∼10% -33%
Samsung Galaxy S8
41 fps ∼11% -21%
Apple iPhone X
58.5 fps ∼16% +13%
Apple iPhone 8
114.5 fps ∼31% +120%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
41 fps ∼1%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
35 fps ∼1% -15%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
40 fps ∼1% -2%
HTC U11
33 fps ∼1% -20%
Xiaomi Mi 6
43 fps ∼1% +5%
OnePlus 5
42 fps ∼1% +2%
LG V30
40 fps ∼1% -2%
Google Pixel 2
31 fps ∼1% -24%
Google Pixel 2 XL
41 fps ∼1% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S8
24 fps ∼1% -41%
Apple iPhone X
48.9 fps ∼1% +19%
Apple iPhone 8
54 fps ∼1% +32%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
42 fps ∼1%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
37 fps ∼1% -12%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
59 fps ∼2% +40%
HTC U11
15 fps ∼0% -64%
Xiaomi Mi 6
42 fps ∼1% 0%
OnePlus 5
41 fps ∼1% -2%
LG V30
19 fps ∼1% -55%
Google Pixel 2
40 fps ∼1% -5%
Google Pixel 2 XL
20 fps ∼1% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S8
23 fps ∼1% -45%
Apple iPhone X
44.1 fps ∼1% +5%
Apple iPhone 8
109.7 fps ∼3% +161%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
24 fps ∼6%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
23 fps ∼6% -4%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
24 fps ∼6% 0%
HTC U11
24 fps ∼6% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 6
26 fps ∼7% +8%
OnePlus 5
25 fps ∼6% +4%
LG V30
24 fps ∼6% 0%
Google Pixel 2
24 fps ∼6% 0%
Google Pixel 2 XL
24 fps ∼6% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S8
25 fps ∼6% +4%
Apple iPhone X
31.8 fps ∼8% +33%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Sony Xperia XZ1
25 fps ∼15%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
25 fps ∼15% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
50 fps ∼29% +100%
HTC U11
13 fps ∼8% -48%
Xiaomi Mi 6
26 fps ∼15% +4%
OnePlus 5
25 fps ∼15% 0%
LG V30
13 fps ∼8% -48%
Google Pixel 2
25 fps ∼15% 0%
Google Pixel 2 XL
13 fps ∼8% -48%
Samsung Galaxy S8
13 fps ∼8% -48%
Apple iPhone X
27.7 fps ∼16% +11%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
HTC U11
36.58 fps ∼94%
Xiaomi Mi 6
32.14 fps ∼83%
Google Pixel 2
38.4 fps ∼99%
Google Pixel 2 XL
37.71 fps ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S8
30.64 fps ∼79%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
HTC U11
38752 Points ∼88%
Xiaomi Mi 6
38773 Points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy S8
42183 Points ∼96%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
HTC U11
44696 Points ∼99%
Samsung Galaxy S8
43852 Points ∼97%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
HTC U11
812 Points ∼15%
Xiaomi Mi 6
733 Points ∼14%
Google Pixel 2
836 Points ∼16%
Google Pixel 2 XL
853 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy S8
1276 Points ∼24%
Apple iPhone X
1702 Points ∼32%
Epic Citadel - Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
HTC U11
60 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Mi 6
60.1 fps ∼98%
Samsung Galaxy S8
59.8 fps ∼97%

Legend

 
Sony Xperia XZ1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
HTC U11 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Xiaomi Mi 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
OnePlus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
LG V30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Google Pixel 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Google Pixel 2 XL Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S8 Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Apple iPhone X Apple A11 Bionic, Apple A11 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPhone 8 Apple A11 Bionic, Apple A11 Bionic GPU, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)

The XZ1 looks rather slow when compared to other similarly equipped high-end smartphones but in real-life situations these differences were negligible. Websites loaded very quickly and switching between tabs was instantaneous.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPhone X (IOS 11.1.1)
224 Points ∼100% +265%
Apple iPhone 8
206.7 Points ∼92% +237%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
71.6 Points ∼32% +17%
Xiaomi Mi 6 (Chrome Version 58)
70.453 Points ∼31% +15%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
69.51 Points ∼31% +13%
Samsung Galaxy S8 (Samsung Browser 5.2)
65.846 Points ∼29% +7%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
64.791 Points ∼29% +6%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
63.675 Points ∼28% +4%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium (Chrome 59)
61.5 Points ∼27% 0%
Sony Xperia XZ1 (Chrome 61)
61.335 Points ∼27%
Sony Xperia XZ (Chrome 52)
54.201 Points ∼24% -12%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
52.9 Points ∼24% -14%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPhone X (IOS 11.1.2)
35255 Points ∼100% +249%
Apple iPhone 8
34163 Points ∼97% +238%
Samsung Galaxy S8 (Samsung Browser 5.2)
12941 Points ∼37% +28%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
11945 Points ∼34% +18%
Xiaomi Mi 6 (Chrome Version 58)
11909 Points ∼34% +18%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
11781 Points ∼33% +17%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
11424 Points ∼32% +13%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
11380 Points ∼32% +13%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium (Chrome 59)
10672 Points ∼30% +6%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
10506 Points ∼30% +4%
Sony Xperia XZ1 (Chrome 61)
10096 Points ∼29%
Sony Xperia XZ (Chrome 52)
9069 Points ∼26% -10%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
3630 ms * ∼100% -11%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
3414.7 ms * ∼94% -4%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
3393.2 ms * ∼93% -4%
Sony Xperia XZ1 (Chrome 61)
3267.9 ms * ∼90%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium (Chrome 59)
3199 ms * ∼88% +2%
Sony Xperia XZ (Chrome 52)
2768 ms * ∼76% +15%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
2760.3 ms * ∼76% +16%
Xiaomi Mi 6 (Chrome Version 58)
2667.5 ms * ∼73% +18%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
2621.7 ms * ∼72% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S8 (Samsung Browser 5.2)
1886.6 ms * ∼52% +42%
Apple iPhone 8
730.8 ms * ∼20% +78%
Apple iPhone X (IOS 11.1.2)
718 ms * ∼20% +78%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Apple iPhone 8
359 Points ∼100% +111%
Apple iPhone X (Safari Mobile 11.0)
354 Points ∼99% +108%
Samsung Galaxy S8 (Samsung Browser 5.2)
194 Points ∼54% +14%
Google Pixel 2 (Chrome 62)
190 Points ∼53% +12%
Sony Xperia XZ1 (Chrome 61)
170 Points ∼47%
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (Chrome 62.0.3202.84)
166 Points ∼46% -2%
HTC U11 (Chrome 58)
162 Points ∼45% -5%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
161 Points ∼45% -5%
Sony Xperia XZ Premium (Chrome 59)
149 Points ∼42% -12%
LG V30 (Chrome 62)
138 Points ∼38% -19%
Sony Xperia XZ (Chrome 52)
90 Points ∼25% -47%

* ... smaller is better

51 GB of the internal 64 GB UFS memory that the XZ1 is equipped with are available out of the box, and overall storage performance was adequate. External storage media access benchmarked with our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card was moderately faster than the XZ Premium but still comparatively slow. According to Sony, the maximum microSD capacity supported is 256 GB.

Sony Xperia XZ1Sony Xperia XZ PremiumHTC U11Xiaomi Mi 6Google Pixel 2Samsung Galaxy S8Huawei Mate 10 Pro
AndroBench 3-5
-19%
67%
16%
10%
1%
249%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
47.71 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
33.31 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-30%
46.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-3%
53.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
12%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
65.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
36.79 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-44%
68.82 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
5%
63.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-2%
Random Write 4KB
14.93
17.2
15%
79.97
436%
25.19
69%
18.03
21%
15.25
2%
164.45
1001%
Random Read 4KB
156.61
74.1
-53%
91.45
-42%
143.49
-8%
173.13
11%
127.17
-19%
132.27
-16%
Sequential Write 256KB
204.43
194
-5%
206.41
1%
196.7
-4%
196.22
-4%
193.23
-5%
208.72
2%
Sequential Read 256KB
679.13
687
1%
717.33
6%
728.2
7%
758.35
12%
792.86
17%
732.46
8%

Gaming

Bright display, vivid colors, and accurate motion detection when gaming - what else does one need? The Adreno 540 GPU that comes with the Snapdragon 835 mastered all games that we threw at it easily, and “Dead Trigger 2” was running very smoothly at 60 FPS.

“Asphalt 8” was a lot of fun on this miniature gaming console. When playing games in landscape mode the otherwise disadvantageous bezels turn into a big plus all of a sudden, and improve leeway for both thumbs enormously.

The Xperia XZ1 connects to PlayStation 4 DualShock controllers via Bluetooth, which can then be used for gaming. Manual acceleration in “Asphalt 8” worked much better with the controller connected to the phone and the thumb on the trigger than having the thumb go back and forth between the various gestures.

Asphalt 8 on the Xperia XZ1
Dead Trigger on the Xperia XZ1

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test

Finally! Sony has managed to get the temperature issues that plagued previous Xperia smartphones to the point where they were rendered unusable under control. The XZ1 stayed below 40 °C (~104 °F) at all times while the XZ Premium crossed that threshold around the earphone. Sony has finally addressed the issue, resulting in a mostly Blue-colored temperature map even under load.

Using GFXBench’s battery test we determine processor performance under load, and we are pleased to report that the XZ1 did not throttle.

Max. Load
 32.2 °C
90 F
33.8 °C
93 F
37.3 °C
99 F
 
 32.8 °C
91 F
34.3 °C
94 F
38.3 °C
101 F
 
 31.7 °C
89 F
34.1 °C
93 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 38.3 °C = 101 F
Average: 34.6 °C = 94 F
31.8 °C
89 F
31.3 °C
88 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
32.1 °C
90 F
31.1 °C
88 F
31.1 °C
88 F
31.6 °C
89 F
31.3 °C
88 F
Maximum: 32.1 °C = 90 F
Average: 31.5 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.4 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.6 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 38.3 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.1 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

pink noise

Two speakers are still a rarity in smartphones these days. While streaming video we were satisfied with the overall stereo effects in terms of soundscape and noise. However, when listening to music - which one tends to enjoy at increased volume more often than not - the XZ1 quickly ran out of oomph. It lacked volume and fullness, which Apple’s Plus models tend to excel at.

The included headset is decent and sufficient, but it is nothing to brag about. The included caps cancel out ambient noise sufficiently, assuming that one of the sizes provided fits.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.234.82532.932.63137.230.54031.7315039.635.16328.329.98027.32810026.922.612526.723.31602426.120020.934.125020.940.731519.550.540018.557.250017.56463017.565.180015.768.2100015.869.4125016.668.2160015.867.9200015.473.7250015.572.731501670.6400015.86550001666.6630016.364.1800016.364.71000016.263.61250016.460.91600016.455.2SPL28.680.9N1.146.3median 16.4median 64.1Delta2.110.931.635.125.433.525.334.832.93433.629.431.629.628.424.92731.220.834.72239.821.348.320.855.321.259.519.462.219.567.117.77017.973.617.874.217.373.217.472.716.773.217.272.118.269.717.96917.666.317.766.917.86717.951.618.145.218.247.73082.41.354.8median 17.9median 66.91.311.831.63725.434.125.333.632.932.533.630.531.631.828.428.42724.920.829.62242.221.352.620.859.721.260.419.459.919.56217.766.617.96717.866.117.368.117.468.816.771.617.271.618.270.417.970.317.667.917.762.217.856.717.953.518.15118.238.13080.41.345.9median 17.9median 621.39hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSony Xperia XZ1Samsung Galaxy S8LG G6
Sony Xperia XZ1 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 37% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 62% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 31% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Samsung Galaxy S8 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.44 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 66% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 50% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 41% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

LG G6 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.35 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 26% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 54% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 38% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram (checkboxes selectable/deselectable!)

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The XZ1 is certainly not the most efficient phone. Apart from the low power consumption in standby (which marks only the highest positive deviation) the phone consumed more energy than every single one of its competitors, particularly under load.

Charging from near empty to 100% takes around 2.5 hours, and the battery reads 36% after 30 minutes of charging.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.03 / 0.31 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.51 / 2.16 / 2.23 Watt
Load midlight 7.45 / 9.28 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Sony Xperia XZ1
2700 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3230 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
2700 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
HTC U11
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8
3000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 6
3350 mAh
OnePlus 5
3300 mAh
Power Consumption
-0%
8%
16%
7%
27%
22%
8%
Idle Minimum *
0.51
0.62
-22%
0.58
-14%
0.85
-67%
0.73
-43%
0.78
-53%
0.45
12%
0.73
-43%
Idle Average *
2.16
2.44
-13%
1.76
19%
1.15
47%
1.96
9%
1.1
49%
1.67
23%
1.44
33%
Idle Maximum *
2.23
2.59
-16%
1.81
19%
1.23
45%
1.98
11%
1.16
48%
1.69
24%
1.5
33%
Load Average *
7.45
4.94
34%
6.33
15%
4.12
45%
4.82
35%
4.15
44%
4.07
45%
6.91
7%
Load Maximum *
9.28
7.91
15%
9.18
1%
8.42
9%
7.15
23%
5.12
45%
8.54
8%
8.51
8%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Considering the phone’s high power consumption it did not come as a surprise that battery life was, shall we say, not the best, and the fairly low battery capacity of no more than 2700 mAh did very little to solve the problem. Constant load at high display brightness has the potential to drain the battery completely in less than three hours - unacceptable for a high-end smartphone. Like most manufacturers Sony has implemented a battery saver feature, which either disables or significantly reduces background activities. It can be enabled either manually at any given time or automatically once the charge level drops to 15%.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
26h 52min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 62)
10h 01min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 40min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 52min
Sony Xperia XZ1
2700 mAh
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
3230 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
Google Pixel 2
2700 mAh
HTC U11
3000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 6
3350 mAh
OnePlus 5
3300 mAh
Battery Runtime
25%
59%
-6%
-5%
23%
8%
Reader / Idle
1612
1754
9%
1744
8%
1457
-10%
1250
-22%
1534
-5%
H.264
580
802
38%
929
60%
564
-3%
498
-14%
623
7%
WiFi v1.3
601
695
16%
818
36%
575
-4%
560
-7%
739
23%
518
-14%
Load
172
236
37%
398
131%
161
-6%
212
23%
247
44%

Pros

+ modern and fast SoC
+ up-to-date operating system
+ stereo speakers
+ bright high-resolution display
+ fingerprint reader
+ IP65/68 certified
+ Bluetooth 5.0
+ DLNA
+ wide variety of supported cellular bands

Cons

- wide bezels
- poor stamina
- no dual SIM
- camera could be more sensitive to light

Verdict

In review: Sony Xperia XZ1. Review unit courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Xperia smartphones are still easily distinguishable by their unique design, and the XZ1 fits right in. Unfortunately, the wide bezels below and above the display are kind of a downer and should have been a thing of the past by now. On the plus side, the choice of material and manufacturing quality are as high as one would expect from Sony, and the XZ1’s high level of dust and water resistance is not as common in modern smartphones as we would hope for. From a technical point of view there are still a few glitches here and there, such as poor GPS availability indoors or the rather embarrassing stamina under load. Accordingly, we cannot recommend this device to anyone who uses their phone a lot when out and about. It does, however, look like the perfect phone for frequent travelers abroad due to its wide array of supported 3G und 4G/LTE bands. That said, the Dual SIM model has now been made available by Sony and it should fit the bill even better.

Modern on the inside more so than on the outside. On the plus side, the Xperia XZ1 comes with an up-to-date operating system, a fast processor, stereo speakers, and a good camera. The case is dust and water resistant but its old-fashioned bezels above and below the display make it seem outdated and everything but trendy.

Features such as the fingerprint reader are expected at the XZ1’s price point of around $600, but the phone’s internal storage seems almost too small in comparison. Stereo speakers have always been rare in smartphones and support for DLNA has become increasingly rare and can be a big plus for those who have corresponding media servers and receivers at home, particularly for the cineastes among our readers. Too bad the speakers are not particularly good.

The camera is sophisticated and decent, and the fairly versatile camera app is not going to disappoint its users. However, if the camera is one or even the most important factor in a smartphone for you, we suggest taking a closer look at the alternatives made by Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and OnePlus.

What ultimately turned this thing around are the XZ1’s bright and vivid display and its high performance, both of which are major considerations for gamers. The unique PlayStation 4 controller compatibility is worth mentioning again at this point. It might not be new or the most important selling point since pretty much every smartphone can be used in combination with a third-party controller, but it is certainly an advantage if you already happen to own a PS4 controller.

Sony Xperia XZ1 - 11/28/2017 v6(old)
Inge Schwabe

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
71 / 75 → 95%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
51 / 60 → 85%
Weight
92%
Battery
92%
Display
87%
Games Performance
65 / 63 → 100%
Application Performance
64 / 70 → 91%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 91 → 84%
Camera
81%
Average
81%
89%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Inge Schwabe, 2017-12- 2 (Update: 2019-03-31)