Sony Unveils The Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact Packing 3D Scanning Features

More Sony smartphones incoming: Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 Plus announced at IFA 2017

That absence of direct carrier involvement may continue to be its Achille's heel, given how many mainstream phone buyers make their local operator's store the first - and often last - place they go when they need a new device. Trying to lure consumers into buying its new handsets, Sony released promo videos for each of them. While the Xperia XZ1 sports an all-metal body fitting a high-end flagship, the Xperia XZ1 Compact only looks metal, thanks to some metallic paint.

The whole package is powered by a 3,430mAh battery with Sony's STAMINA mode and QNOVO adaptive charging, as well as Sony's proprietary pump express+ 2.0 quick charging, which should easily get you through a day of heavy use.

As for the software, the device comes pre-installed with Android Nougat, which should be later updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. Moreover, you also get 2700 mAh battery which is the same as its bigger Xperia XZ1. The colours on offer are slightly different, too - Black, White Silver, Horizon Blue and Twilight Pink. You have give Sony props, however, for refusing to budge or even refusing to change its strategy.

The device also comes with the traditional IP68 water and dust resistance certificate, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C 3.1 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Moreover, the phone will be available in Black, Blue, Pink, and Gold colors. "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'll get outstanding selfies in any light. Along with its big sibling, the Xperia XZ1, the Compact is positioned as the best one-handed phone for anyone into 3D printing, with a really cool 3D-scanning app that will eventually let you share 3D photos on Facebook.

It's capable of 4K video recording and super slow-motion shooting at 960fps, neither of which can be matched by the Sony Xperia X Compact's video camera, which tops out at 1080p.

In true Sony style, this flagship handset has been launched alongside a smaller, less powerful version, called the Xperia XZ1 Compact, for those looking for a mid-range option. As for innards, it comes equipped with an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor running at 2.4GHz.

The XA1 The highlight feature in this device is undoubtedly the camera.

With such a small screen size, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is the only smartphone on the market with such massive raw power. US SIM-free prices are $699.99 (XZ1) and $599.95 (XZ1 Compact), while UK RRP will be confirmed later today.

In addition, when using the camera, users can scan 3D objects, then use the scans in a variety of applications, for example as a 3D Wallpaper on the home screen or to create a sticker for messenger.

The XZ1 Compact isn't striking at first glance: It looks like just another little plastic-bodied Sony design (although it isn't plastic per se, but a sort of glass-infused polymer) with a 4.6-inch 720p LCD. The front camera, for the curious, supports a 120-degree wide-angle lens.