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Sony launches the Xperia XZ1 in the United States

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Sony launches the Xperia XZ1 in the United States

Sony launches the Xperia XZ1 in the United States

It’s the first smartphone to ship running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

Sony has today launched the Android 8.0 Oreo-powered Xperia XZ1 in the United States, following its unveiling at IFA at the beginning of the month, where it’s available to purchase exclusively through online retailer Amazon for $699.99 outright.

We wouldn’t recommend picking one up, though. Not only does the Xperia XZ1 sport subpar internals—a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 19MP rear-facing camera—it also doesn’t have a functional fingerprint scanner.

Notice how we emphasized ‘functional?’ Well, that’s because the Xperia XZ1 actually ships with a biometric reader that’s housed within the power key, but due to the firm’s ongoing patent dispute, it’s been left with no choice but to disable it in the United States.

If you do, for whatever reason, like the sound of the Xperia XZ1 and want to bag yourself one, head over to its product page on Amazon. You’d be much better off, however, saving up for the more futuristic—and more powerful—Galaxy S8.

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