Sony is preparing to launch new smartphones yet again. They’re holding their traditional IFA conference on August 31st, where they’ll announce two phones, the G8341 and the G8441. However, the latter just passed through AnTuTu Benchmark, revealing a possible new iteration of their Compact line.
The phone is rumored to be called the Xperia XZ Compact. Unlike the previous X Compact, this one looks to be a proper compact flagship, instead of a midranger. Let’s take a look at the specs.
Plenty of horsepower
The G8441 looks to be packing a Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4 GB of RAM. This is to be expected in terms of a 2017 flagship. However, it’s pretty impressive for the expected 4.6″ screen and small body.
Let’s remember that previous Compact phones have cut corners in some places, like processor and RAM. But, this one looks to be delivering the full flagship experience in a compact body. And that’s pretty nice in our cards.
Android 8.0 out of the box
The phone also looks to be packing Android 8.0 (better known as “Android O”) out of the box. This is a big deal on many levels. For starters, this would make the G8441 the first phone launching with O, ahead of Google and the Pixel 2. This means that Sony had early access to the Android 8.0 source, which will probably drop in August. LG was the first to do this last year with Nougat and the LG V20.
Assuming this is accurate, then we can expect the other phone, the G8341, to come with 8.0 as well. Knowing Sony’s update record, we can also expect the update to come quickly to the rest of the X lineup. So this is good news for everyone.
The not so good
The phone maintains the 720p screen we are all used to see in their Compact devices. This isn’t exactly news though, as Sony is pretty conservative when it comes to screen resolution. And 720p in a 4.6-inch form factor is actually pretty nice. But previous rumors indicated that it would make the jump to 1080p.
720p coupled with a flagship-grade SoC should mean insane performance and battery gains. So this isn’t bad at all. However, the phone looks like it will fall insanely short in the camera department.
According to the AnTuTu specs sheet, it will feature an 8 MP rear camera with an 8 MP front facing camera. Most other flagships, like the Google Pixel and the Galaxy S8, feature a 12 MP + 8 MP configuration. An 8 MP rear camera doesn’t need to mean disaster: the iPhone did well with 8 MP until 2014. But knowing Sony previous lackluster performance, we probably won’t hold our breath.
The phone is expected to launch in September. Are you excited for it? Tell us what you think in the comments below.