Sony's new 3D Creator app won't be exclusive to the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact


Last week, Sony debuted its Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact handsets to mixed reactions — their top-tier specs and somewhat reasonable price were overshadowed by their derivative design and lack of unique features. Well, almost: the one standout feature is the 3D Creator app, which lets users scan three-dimensional objects using their device's rear camera, and then use it in various cute and/or creepy ways.

But once you think about it, this app doesn't seem to rely on any particular hardware feature of the XZ1 duo, whose chipset and camera are identical to the ones in the Xperia XZ Premium. And while software exclusives are far from a rarity in the smartphone market, users are rarely happy when faced with one — recall how Google was pressured into releasing a firmware upgrade by owners of the Nexus 5X and 6P to enable Pixel-like fingerprint gestures.

So it only makes sense for Sony to release the 3D Creator to the XZ Premium — something the company has now publicly stated it intends to do:


So even if it comes at the cost of pretty much the only major unique feature of the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, this should be great news to users of the XZ Premium, a handset which currently costs pretty much the same as the XZ1 (following a $100 price cut).

But given how dodgy Sony's track record has been so far, we wouldn't hold our breath for a speedy upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo — in fact, the company now has an incentive to delay it in order to keep the app exclusive to the newer XZ1. Mind you, we're not saying Sony would intentionally withhold an upgrade for such a silly reason, but we sure wouldn't be surprised if it did.

Eagle-eyed Sony fans may have already noticed an interesting omission from this article (as well as the company's official statement): the Xperia XZs. For those not in the know, this is the Xperia XZ variant equipped with the same MotionEye tech as the XZ Premium and the XZ1 duo. But unlike them, the XZs is equipped with last year's Snapdragon 820 chipset, so this might just be a simple case of the device lacking sufficient processing power.

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8 Comments

1. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

so its better to buy xz premium.. 4k display + larger battery with less the price

2. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Then what's the reason for getting the XZ1 and the XZ1 compact if it won't get the 3d creator app?

3. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Some people would prefer XZ1 because its size is smaller than XZ Premium or because XZ1 is made of metal. And for people who love small phone, XZ1 Compact looks more attractive than XZ1 or XZ Premium.

4. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

With shorter battery life, shorter screen resolution, and same unit design as the XZ premium. Why would a user get the XZ1 and XZ1 compact if the XZ premium is cheaper? According to the latest unit pricing. XZ premium cost less than $600. While the XZ1 cost $700. While the XZ1 compact cost $600?

5. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Did you read my previous post? because clearly I have given the reason why. If you're in the market for high-end phones you will not care about the difference in the price of a few hundred dollars because what you're looking for is satisfaction that's why some people prefer iPhone even though the android fans are always teasing them because of its expensive price and limited features. For example I prefer Xperia XZ1 Compact than XZ1 and XZ Premium

6. hansip87

Posts: 227; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

just wait for 1-2 month and the pricing usually goes down. agree that XZ1 is not an enticing device. but the Compact and the Premium should do good because of their specialty.

8. PEGJG

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

I want, no, I NEED my phone to enter the pockets of my jeans. So, compact for me, please. Currently using a Z3c, I do intend to switch to the XZ1c within the coming months. Not sure which colour though...

7. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

here in the netherlands you get a free headphone of €300+ with the xz1 and xz1 compact at the moment. usually after the pre order the phones go down by at least a €100,- the xz premium by pre order was €800,- with a headphone after that it became €700,- (here in the netherlands)

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