Sony Xperia XZ Hands On And Quick Overview, Pricing and Availability

Sony Xperia XZ was launched earlier today in India at an event held in Udaipur. The latest smartphone from Sony comes with a 5.2 inch full HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The Xperia XZ forms part of the Fall 2016 lineup from Sony, launched alongside the Xperia X Compact earlier this month. Sony has priced the Xperia XZ at Rs. 51,990.

Sony Xperia XZ Specifications

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Sony Xperia XZ Photo Gallery

Sony Xperia XZ Physical Overview

The Sony Xperia XZ comes with an improved design, doing away with Sony’s traditional approach of design evolution. The Xperia XZ still retains Sony’s rectangular design with sharp corners, but it comes with a new “Loop surface”, allowing the front and the back of the phone to blend smoothly with curves on the sides.

The Xperia XZ feels really good to hold in hands thanks to the materials Sony has used for the phone. On the front, you will find the display covered with Gorilla Glass. On the sides (the frame), you’ll find polycarbonate making it nicer to grip. On the back, Sony has used ALKALEIDO alloy, a kind of aluminium alloy. This allows the phone to look premium as well as lightweight, compared to other metal phones.

On the front of the device, we have the secondary camera, ear piece and the proximity sensor.

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At the bottom, we have a USB Type-C port and the primary mic.

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The top panel has the secondary mic and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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On the right side, you will find the volume rocker, camera button and the power button, which also acts as a fingerprint sensor.Xperia XZ (7)

The device comes with dual SIM support. It supports nano+nano SIM and the second SIM slot can be used for microSD card.

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On the back, we have the 23 MP primary camera with Sony IMX300 sensor. Below that, there is a dual tone dual LED flash.

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Display Overview

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The Sony Xperia XZ comes with a 5.2 inch full HD IPS LCD display, giving you a pixel density of ~424 PPI. The display comes with Triluminous and X-Reality engine, giving you a much better picture quality and experience than other phones with full HD displays. In our quick hands on with the phone, we found the Xperia XZ to be quite good in terms of colour reproduction, and viewing angles with the sunlight visibility being adequate as well.

Pricing and Availability

The Sony Xperia XZ has been priced at Rs. 51,990. It will be available for pre-booking at all Sony Centers, select retail outlets and online exclusively on, from October 1st to October 10th. As a pre-booking offer, Sony will give away a SmartBand Talk – SWR30 worth Rs. 8,990 for free to everyone who pre-orders the Sony Xperia XZ between October 1-10.

General availability begins on October 10 across all Sony Centers, retailers and online stores. The Xperia XZ will be available in Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum colours.

Apart from the pre-booking offer, the general bundle offer includes:

  • Quick Charger UCH12 in the box
  • Sony LIV 3 months subscription worth Rs. 349 for free
  • Modern Combat 5 Gameloft credits worth Rs. 780


The Sony Xperia XZ comes with almost every flagship spec that you can ask for, maybe except for the display resolution. It comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box with the latest version of Sony’s custom skin on top. Sony’s lightweight skin comes with just the right amount of extra features while retaining most of the design philosophies of stock Android, making it one of the better skins out there.

Specs like Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, in addition to dual SIM, 4G VoLTE support, microSD card support and IP68 certification for water resistance up to 1.5m make the Xperia XZ a really good phone. The price may be a little high at Rs. 51,990, though.