Some of us might be wondering on how on earth Sony abandoned its high-end series of mobile devices when it announced the axing of the Z series. The X series that seems to have replaced all line-up didn’t proved any indication that Sony would fill-in the gaps that’s been incurred with the absence of the Z series. No question the new X series produced one of the best looking devices that Sony created ever since it began with the Xperia line however no everybody is convinced that it could replace the status that Z series had enjoyed over the years until today.
Meet the new Xperia XZ
This is Sony’s latest bet for the high-end market and everything about it is just as you might expect from a premium Sony device. If you’re a fan of the Xperia Z, getting along with the new Xperia XZ shouldn’t be a problem, in fact the new Xperia XZ looks like the long awaited Xperia Z6 that never came but now it got a new moniker and even a remarkable design changes from the usual Sony handset.
Gone are the boxy design and let the round edges dominates, the Xperia XZ has this feature which shifts away from tradition and it seems a welcome change at our point of view plus a much easier feel to the hands. Constructed in a full metal body, the handset measures 72 x 146 x 8.1 mm and weighs around 161 grams in a watertight waterproof design.
It houses a 5.2-inch full-HD 1080p display with a curved 2.5D glass lamination on the front and inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Quad-core processor and 3GB of RAM supports it. For storage, the handset comes with 32GB of internal memory with a microSD slot that supports of up to 256 GB of microSD cards.
What really pushed users to include a Sony device in their wish lists isn’t really all about the processors and memory but unsurprisingly users would pick a Sony device without a second thought because of its camera. We’ll Sony got a good reputation on producing remarkable imaging sensors but their implementation in the past was a hit and miss scenario back then and Sony seems to have address this minute problem with their recent Xperia devices.
For a flagship device, Sony had to give their best in terms of mobile photography and because of that, they’ve included a 23 Megapixel image sensor in the back similar to the Xperia X but now with Laser AutoFocus alongside its Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, both works together to focus on subjects instantaneously. The new Xperia XZ also uses a5-Axis Optical Image stabilizer – a first on any smartphone to ensure a virtually perfect and non-blurry shots.
Like the Xperia X, the XZ also comes with a 13 Megapixel front camera dedicated for Selfies and high-quality videos so either way you take your picture, the quality of your shots are always top-notch.
As a flagship device, it’s expected to come with tons of features that owners should feel special about and the Xperia XZ doesn’t disappoint.The handsetfeatures a fingerprint scanner which is embedded on the power button situated on the side of the device. Unlike all other fingerprint scanner implementation, Sony’s approach goes mainly on ergonomics which enable users to easily reach the fingerprint sensor as they hold their device.
The handset also supports USB Type-C interface so it means that fast charging and faster data input and output is undeniable. This feature is a first for Xperia and without question about it, users would love it, it’s convenient and efficient altogether.The Xperia XZ is also waterproof and dustproof thanks to IP68 certification compliance.
The handset runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow despite the new Android 7.0 Nougat but users who opt to get the Xperia XZ will soon get updated to Android 7.0 when Sony rolls out their update soon. Finally, the handset breathes on 2900 mAh embedded battery with optimized power management features and smart charging technologies.
- Sony’s new flagship Android phones still don’t have fingerprint sensors(mashable.com)
- Sony unveils the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact(technutty.co.uk)
- Sony Launches the Xperia XZ and the X Compact(xda-developers.com)
- Sony Xperia XZ vs. Samsung Galaxy S7: first-look comparison of two camera-first flagships(phonearena.com)
- The Sony Xperia XZ Is SO Last Year(gizmodo.co.uk)
- Sony focuses on camera excellence with new Xperia XZ flagship, and premium Xperia X Compact(neowin.net)
- Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact announced at IFA 2016(ibtimes.co.uk)
- Hands On With the Alcatel Shine Lite(pcmag.com)
- Meet the First Phone Camera with 5-Axis Image Stabilization(tomsguide.com)