Sony Mobile Communications announced a new addition to its Xperia smartphone portfolio on August 21: Xperia XZ1, the first smartphone capable of scanning 3D objects. The product unveiling follows Sony Mobile’s recent Q1 2017 financial results, which saw operating income reach 3.6 billion yen (US$32.9 million).
For the first time ever in a smartphone, Sony unveiled a smartphone that can capture high quality 3D scans of objects in just one minute using four scan modes of Sony’s 3D Creator; a unique innovation in-house algorithm for fast and easy scanning of 3D objects. The phone can perform a 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 the scan come alive by using it to create an avatar for use in the camera AR effects options, third party apps or as a live wallpaper, or even send your scan to a 3D printer to make it into a memorable keepsake.
Sony’s Xperia XZ1 incorporates the latest Motion Eye camera for capturing detail beyond human eye capability, new ground-breaking technology for mobile with 3D scanning, class-leading display technologies for beautiful on-screen images including HDR display, and a premium listening experience with Hi-Res Audio.
Combining advanced processing power with super-fast download speeds, Xperia XZ1’s memory-stacked Exmor RS image sensor pushes motion capture to the next level and produces exceptional image quality. You can record videos in 960 frames per second, providing super slow motion video playback.
Plus, the 19 MP rear camera’s 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 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’ll get outstanding selfies in any light.
The Xperia XZ1 takes full advantage of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology and it brings more color and contrast 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 on screen.
Sony audio expertise also lets you immerse yourself in the authentic sound of Hi-Resolution Audio with Xperia XZ1. Thanks to Sony’s DSEE HX you can also enjoy more of your music in near Hi-Resolution with its up-scaling capability.
The smartphone is water resistant, dust-proof and reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the display. Wrapping up the premium design are four new colors: Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, and classic Black.
Xperia XZ1 is powered by 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 lifestyle whilst working or having fun.
The Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform is engineered to support stunning graphics, smooth performance and enhanced battery efficiency. 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.