Sony Xperia XZ is the new flagship phone from the Sony which has made a big push this year and gained a lot of attraction. This is an IP 68 Dust and Water resistant phone.
From the design point of the view it has been refreshed in a few different ways but it still has that signature rectangular slab look which makes it easily recognizable as a Sony phone. The device is made up of a combination of materials with glass upfront and all metal back plate and plastic along with the sides. It has what the Sony calls it a loop design which basically means that the sides are rounded and taper towards the front and the back. Which makes the different materials feels more seamless and also gives the phone a very comfortable feel in the hand.
The built quality is what you expect from the Sony, it feels very sturdy. It has a 5.2-inch display which is generally very easy to operate with one hand. It comes in a few different colors like blue, silver, black etc. The black device comes with a satin finish which is not glossy. But still, tend to pick up fingerprints. But overall the black phone gives a very sleek and stealthy look. The back of the device is made completely of the metal.
The NFC chip is placed on the side of the front camera which is usually placed at the back. This isn’t the first time the Sony do this but it does make tapping the phone to the other devices and the payment terminals a little bit awkward. You can use this phone in water and in rain. Headphone jack on the top, USB type C at the bottom and the dedicated camera button, power button, volume rockers are on the right side. A sim card slot at the left.
The 5.2-inch display here uses the LCD technology with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The pixel density of the device is 424ppi. 10 finger multi-touch. The screen to body ratio of the device is 70.9%. Corning gorilla glass is available. Which may disappoint some because many of the flagship mobiles come with the quad HD display.
However you are not going to notice any difference, the screen looks plenty sharp for reading text and web browsing has excellent viewing angles. And surprisingly very vibrant and usually viewable outdoors. The Sony’s X reality engine gives a sharper and more natural looking image when looking at the photos and videos.
Sony Xperia XZ is a dual sim mobile baring a hybrid sim slot. It comes with a 5.2 inch display. The device is packed by a Quad-core (2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo) processor along with the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset. It runs on Android v6.0.1 version marshmallow and soon there will be an upgrade to the Nougat v7.0. Consisting of 3GB RAM and 32/64GB internal memory expandable through micro SD slot up to 256GB for loading videos, music and many more.
Having primary camera of 23MP camera with f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash. Provided with 1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama features. It has 13MP front camera availing f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1080p, HDR. Stereo speakers are available. Sensors like Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, and color spectrum are existing. The battery capacity is 2900mAh which is of non-removable kind.
The device comes with a dedicated camera button which is like always very convenient. The finger print sensor which is placed on the power button is really awesome. Audio is a pretty big part of the experience on the XZ by pairing it to the head phones you will benefit of the high resolution audio files and also customize the audio settings.
The Xperia XZ comes with two small slits on the above and below the display for the stereo front facing speakers which sounds good but not comparable to the nexus Xp it is now where near as loud and punchy. Here comes the 3 GB RAM instead of a 4GB RAM available in the flagship phones. We all know that the snapdragon 820 is a great processor with 1080p panel the processor will have to work as hard and push all those pixels and you generally get much smoother game play in graphic performance because of the less strain on the GPU. And the game play on the XZ is very smooth, games look great and never noticed stutters and droppings with the high end games.
They did an operation such as web browsing, opening apps and checking emails. And videos have been very smooth. Despite having 3GB of RAM it plays well in heavy multitasking.
The phone performs very well. It is running android v6.0 marshmallow over the Sony’s custom skin but the majority of the experience feels very close to stock. And there is a home screen button making it feel more like a stock android.
It does come with quite a bloat ware like AVG protection, Amazon shopping and Sony’s own list up apps. Otherwise it is a very clean and simple hardware experience. At 2900mAh has relatively a small battery in comparison to lot of flagship models out there.
On gaming the device gives an above average battery on the other hand who don’t play games they will get around a day charge. The device is provided with stamina and ultra-stamina modes which gives a prolonged battery life.
Sony Xperia XZ has been really known to make a very good camera sensors however while coming to their own camera it never made it right. But they made lot of improvements to the new XZ. It has come with a 23MP with 5 access image stabilization and added a new laser auto focus sensor and a color sensor to get the most accurate light balance no matter what the lightening situation. All these sensors work best when you are going with the close up and the macro shots.
The camera stabilization works extremely well for a video and stabilizes the footage without the noticeable whooping or distraction. Here comes the 13MP front shooter which works very well for taking selfies. Comparing the detail and the color it gives a lot more flexibility with zooming and cropping.
The rest of the camera is very typical Sony and barely simplistic and navigating between superior auto and manual video recording switching to the front facing camera can all be done by simply swiping. The overall experience feels gun shot.
This is the Sony’s flagship smart phone that you have to experience, this is a wonderful smart phone that is going to surprise you once you buy it. The price range of the device varies between the variants. The 64GB variant is around 50K and the 32GB variant is around 40K