Make your own 3D models with the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact

UPDATE: You can pre-order them and the super mid-range Sony XA1 right now

3D models of whoever and whatever, whenever you want - Are we in the future yet?

Thanks to the new 3D creator feature on the Sony Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, you can create 3D objects of people’s heads, foods and any object - as long as its no bigger than a puppy. 

3D modelling - Sony’s gamble for the future

Sony’s vision is to introduce 3D hologram calls in the next three years.

But for now, that vision makes a pitstop with the 3D Creator - Sony’s unique, in-house algorithm for fast easy scanning of 3D objects in about one minute (once you’ve mastered it, of course).

There are four scan modes - Head scan, face scan, food scan and freeform scan, enabled through the 3D Creator app. Once you’re ready, just follow the markers and make sure your scanned object is fully covered in green. It’s very easy to follow.



Then make it come alive, either create a 3D avatar with your friend’s scanned head on it to dance about, share it on social media, make a gif for WhatsApp or send it for 3D printing with Shapeways. There’s plenty for you to fiddle around with. 

Imagine the possibilities. We could be scanning wargaming miniatures for online play, or scanning a small piece of furniture and using AR, see if its right for your home. While truthfully this feels like a one-time gimmick at parties, incoming third party support means we will be expecting more to come from Sony’s early stab at consumer 3D scanning.


Sony Xperia XZ1

The Xperia XZ1 itself is no slouch in the specs department. While this Sony premium flagship is just a teeny bit smaller than the Xperia XZ Premium, make no mistake. Everything that’s made the Xperia XZ Premium great is packed into this Xperia XZ1, including the 960fps super slow-mo and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. 

Other new features introduced include a predictive smile capture that gives up to four photos taken from before you press the shutter, so you can select the best smile of your subject. No more missed Insta-opportunities.

For videographers, the Xperia XZ1 comes with pin-sharp tracking autofocus burst shots, borrowed perhaps from the super continuous shooting prowess of the A9. This phone is able to shoot up to 100 shots, all focused on your moving subject - from toy trains to running kids.

HDR video quality has been boosted too, with brighter colours and higher contrast throughout. And to compliment, the dual front facing S-Force stereo speakers is much more power packed when compared with the Sony XZ Premium as well. It’s the loudest pair of speakers in your pocket, 50% louder compared to the previous model.

Then there’s the intelligent antenna, four of them placed in the just the right way so it dynamically swaps whether you're holding the phone in landscape or portrait, you won’t be covering the antennas.

The phone is built in a single piece - a great piece of engineering that keeps the iconic Sony smartphone look. There are four colours available when it hits in October: Classic Black, Warm Silver, Moonlit Blue (personal favourite) and Venus Pink, in delicious Android Oreo at S$898. Pre-orders are open at Sony Stores and Sony Centres, or get them from your favourite telco when it officially arrives 7 October. Every puchase nets you a Krusel Bovik cover (worth S$25) and 32GB microSD card while stocks last.

But if you do pre-order, you get a whole bunch of accessories - MDR-EX750AP in-ear headphones, a quick charger and crystal clear cover worth S$211 in total.

Here's what we think of the device

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

Missed your old tiny phone and can’t stand the giant phablets your friends are using - then the Xperia XZ1 Compact was made for you. Again, you get all the great features of current flagship Sony smartphones like the super slow-mo, powerful sound and top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, in a 4.6” display.

Something that makes the Xperia XZ1 Compact stand out is the 120-degree wide angle selfie shooter, so you can pack more friends into your wefies. Plus you can switch back to the original 80-degree field of view with one touch, but why bother when you can fit more into the screen.

Besides that, it shares most of the cool features from its big brother Xperia XZ1. Colours differ slightly: Only Black and Snow Silver, but it also arrives 7 October with Android Oreo at S$668 exclusively at Sony Stores and Sony Centres. Pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now and you get a 32GB microSD memory card and clear cover when it arrives.

Sony XA1 Plus

Rounding up the trio is the super mid-range Sony XA1 Plus for those looking for power without the frills. Out of the box, there’s a 23MP camera, 5.5” display, and large 3430mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging to prolong the battery lifespan, and Stamina mode to keep the battery going, and going, and going…

Four colours to pick from here, no fancy names included: Gold, Blue, Black and (really bright) Pink at S$498, arriving 7 October with a complimentary Krusell Bovik cover worth S$25. Get it from Sony Stores, Sony Centres or your favourite telco of choice.