Sony Xperia XZ1 Review: XZibit One: Performance

By 10:12 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


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The Sony Xperia XZ1 comes with Snapdragon 835, complete with 4GB of RAM. Being one of the first out the door with an Oreo Read-Only Memory (ROM) out of the box does mean bumping into quite a few software optimization problems along the way. And we are not just talking about Sony's own various pieces of code, running on the recent OS. Third-party software needs time and to properly adapt to Oreo and its recent APIs. That process depends entirely on the app developers out there.


Benchimprint apps need to be properly adjusted to adequately handle every recent iteration of Google's mobile OS. Major updates, especially. This is why relatively bigger margins of error can be expected in the following test scores.

It is vital to note that even at this state, from a real-word user standpoint, the Xperia Read-Only Memory (ROM) we tested on our device ran smoothly with no hiccups. The powerful Snapdragon 835 naturally had no distress chewing through every task we threw its way. That being said, let's kick off with a pure Central Processing Units (CPU) benchmark.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    6754

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    6719

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    6629

  • OnePlus 5

    6604

  • Nokia 8

    6568

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    6541

  • HTC U11

    6393

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6301

  • LG V30 (non-final)

    6151

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    5460

  • LG G6

    4175

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    1986

  • OnePlus 5

    1932

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    1929

  • Nokia 8

    1925

  • HTC U11

    1919

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    1915

  • LG V30 (non-final)

    1904

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    1840

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    1836

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1832

  • LG G6

    1767

Still the XZ1 holds its own amid a crowd of flagship hardware offers. Judging by the single-core results, there might be room for optimization yet, in order to squeeze out a hundred or so points extra and catch up to the likes of the OnePlus 5 or Mi 6.

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    6404

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    6338

  • Nokia 8

    6293

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    6293

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    6278

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    6132

  • HTC U11

    6125

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6106

  • Huawei P10

    6069

  • LG V30 (non-final)

    5869

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    5837

  • LG G6

    4209

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    4139

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3979

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3868

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    2031

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    2026

  • Nokia 8

    2005

  • HTC U11

    1993

  • LG V30 (non-final)

    1986

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    1986

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    1943

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    1938

  • Huawei P10

    1927

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1915

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    1913

  • LG G6

    1733

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    1724

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    1578

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    1535

GeekBench 4 does seem to favor the Xperia XZ1 a bit more than the newer version of the benchmark. The compute score it managed to pull is especially impressive. Or put another way - a Snapdragon 835 doing what it is designed to do - provide top-notch performance.

Geekbench 4 Compute

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    8003

  • HTC U11

    7992

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    7577

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    6920

  • LG G6

    6484

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0 seems to be a small less kind to the Xperia XZ1 than GeekBench 4, but its result card does resemble that of GeekBench 4.1 pretty closely. Granted, the XZ1 seems to be near the bottom of the Snapdragon 835 bunch. The again, it appears to give Samsung's Exynos 8895 less of an edge in performance. Even less so for Huawei's Kirin 960.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    3609

  • OnePlus 5

    3601

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3547

  • Nokia 8

    3503

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    3319

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    3298

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    3174

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    2986

  • HTC U11

    2970

  • Huawei P10

    2910

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    2461

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    2386

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    2151

  • LG G6

    2126

AnTuTu also evaluates things like storage and GPU performance and the XZ1 produces a score matching the XZ Premium. Sony phones are actually not quite on par with the other 835 chips here, but this appears to be due some sort of an issue with the benchimprint app itself than their performance.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    180331

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    178674

  • HTC U11

    177343

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    177326

  • Nokia 8

    175872

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    174070

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    168133

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    144462

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    144223

  • LG G6

    143639

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    141193

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    133574

  • Huawei P10

    126629

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    124266

We now go on to the graphics department with the GFX tests.

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    61

  • HTC U11

    60

  • OnePlus 5

    60

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    59

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    57

  • Nokia 8

    57

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    50

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    50

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    49

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    49

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    42

  • LG G6

    41

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    37

  • Huawei P10

    29

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    56

  • OnePlus 5

    56

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    48

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    48

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    47

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    40

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    40

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    40

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    37

  • HTC U11

    35

  • Huawei P10

    35

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    34

  • Nokia 8

    33

  • LG G6

    24

The Adreno 540 is a powerful graphics unit and combined with the 1080p resolution on the XZ1 it produces some impressive scores on the on-classy screen tests.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    42

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    42

  • HTC U11

    41

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    41

  • OnePlus 5

    41

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    39

  • Nokia 8

    39

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    39

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    39

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    33

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    32

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    31

  • LG G6

    26

  • Huawei P10

    22

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    41

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    41

  • OnePlus 5

    40

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    40

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    34

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    34

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    32

  • Huawei P10

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    23

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    22

  • HTC U11

    19

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    18

  • Nokia 8

    18

  • LG G6

    12

OpenGL ES tests paint a similar picture - the Xperia XZ1 is well prepared to handle your gaming needs.

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Nokia 8

    32

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    25

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    25

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    25

  • HTC U11

    24

  • OnePlus 5

    24

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    24

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    23

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    20

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    20

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    20

  • LG G6

    16

  • Huawei P10

    14

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    25

  • OnePlus 5

    24

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    21

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    20

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    19

  • Huawei P10

    16

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    15

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    13

  • HTC U11

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    12

  • Nokia 8

    12

  • LG G6

    8.5

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    1111

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force

    867

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    861

  • Nokia 8

    855

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    853

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    842

  • HTC U11

    836

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    817

  • OnePlus 5

    796

  • Huawei P10

    716

  • Google Pixel (5.0)

    626

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    623

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    577

  • LG G6

    541

The Xperia XZ1 really does live up to flagship standards. This might come off the incorrect way, but the thing is, we anticipated a lot more "growing pains" associated with the Android 8 integration. Sony's mobile division deserves plenty of praise for getting things correct on the first try. Some of the benchimprint scores might be a bit behind the Snpadragon 835 competition, but margins are small and the real-life performance is as snappy as we've come to expect.


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