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The Xperia XZ is Sony's new flagship smartphone

By Scorpus
Sep 1, 2016
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  1. After the release of the disappointing Xperia X Performance earlier this year, Sony has come to IFA 2016 with a brand new flagship smartphone in the hopes of winning some market share in the coming months.

    This new phone, known as the Xperia XZ, is pretty similar to the Xperia X Performance from a hardware perspective. Both phones back a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC with 3 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of internal storage, and both also feature 23-megapixel rear camera sensors with 13 MP shooters on the front.

    Sony has tweaked the design of the Xperia XZ to include more rounded plastic edges and a modified metal rear panel. The display is slightly larger, at 5.2-inches of 1080p, as is the battery (2,900 mAh rather than 2,700 mAh), despite a reduction in thickness and weight. Water resistance remains, with the Xperia XZ rated IP65 and IP68.

    While the rear camera is still 23-megapixels, Sony has included additional hardware to improve the performance of their camera system. Laser autofocus is paired with phase detection to speed up focusing, while an RGBC IR sensor is also included for better white balance. The software has been tweaked as well to improve image quality straight off the sensor.

    Other additions include USB-C, which was inexplicably absent from the Xperia X Performance, and 2x2 MIMO wireless connectivity. Unfortunately the Xperia XZ won't launch with Android 7.0 on-board, instead using a build of Marshmallow with Sony's Xperia UI.

    Alongside the Xperia XZ, Sony has launched the Xperia X Compact. Unlike past Compact-series phones, the X Compact is not strictly a downsized version of Sony's flagship; this time it's a combination of hardware found in the Xperia X and Xperia XZ.

    The key thing to note here is that the Xperia X Compact is using a Snapdragon 650 SoC rather than the more powerful Snapdragon 820, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage. The rear 23-megapixel camera system is the same as seen on the XZ, however the front camera has been downgraded to 5MP. And, of course, the display is a 4.6-inch 720p LCD.

    The Xperia X Compact will be the first to launch on September 25th, followed by the Xperia XZ on October 23rd. Both devices are coming to the United States as well as various markets worldwide, although prices haven't been announced just yet.

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  2. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +101

    After my experience with the Z1, never SONY again.
     
  3. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 136   +51

    2900 mah battery and 3 gigs of ram? flagship my ***. gtfo of here
     
    MaitieS and meric like this.
  4. techseven

    techseven TS Rookie

    I was watching Sony when they released Z1 and later Z2 - Reviews said that they had mediocre screen and camera, but in Z3 it all came together, that was (is) a fabulous phone, which I of course bought for myself...
     
  5. joe1946

    joe1946 TS Rookie

    Ditto, I had the Z Ultra.
     
  6. Andy Smith

    Andy Smith TS Rookie

    I have the Xperia Z5 Premium with the 4K screen. This is my idea of a flagship. Looks like I will be getting a Galaxy Note 7 when I upgrade. I think Sony is going the way of Nokia and Blackberry. Sad as I really like Sony.
     
  7. Brotherz

    Brotherz TS Enthusiast Posts: 24

    Phone looks pretty and powerful. More RAM would have been lovely along with android Nougat.
     

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