Sony announced its flagship device recently, dubbed as the Xperia XZ. The Sony Xperia XZ is a return to form for the manufacturer – with a much-improved camera, a more interesting chassis design and solid performance in other areas. The Xperia XZ comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with Adreno 530 and 3 GB of RAM. It 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 Amazon.in, from October 1st to October 10th.

Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ Pros

  • 5.2″ Full HD display with Triluminous tech and X-Reality engine
  • 23 MP Exmor RS IMX300 sensor with Triple Image Sensing tech
  • 13 MP Secondary Camera
  • IP65 and IP68 certification for water resistance
  • Clean, well-designed software

Sony Xperia XZ Cons

  • Smudgy back panel
  • Huge bezels
  • Full HD display is low resolution for a flagship smartphone in 2016
  • Slightly expensive

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Sony Xperia XZ Specifications

Key SpecsSony Xperia XZ
Display5.2 inch IPS LCD, Triluminous, X-Reality engine
Screen Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Processor 2 x 2.15 GHz
2 x 1.6 GHz
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 820
GPUAdreno 530
Memory3 GB
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, up to 256 GB
Primary Camera23 MP, f/2.0, phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash
Video recording2160p@30fps
Secondary Camera13 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Battery 2.900 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYes
4G readyYes
SIM Card TypeDual, nano+nano, hybrid SIM slot
WaterproofIP68 certification, water resistant up to 1.5m
Weight161 grams
Dimensions146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
Price Rs. 51,990

Question: How is the display of the Sony Xperia XZ?

Answer: It features a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) Triluminos LCD display with X-Reality Engine. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and has the pixel density of ~424 ppi. Even though it’s just a 1080p display unlike high end devices which uses quad-HD displays, it is sharp and vibrant. X-Reality Engine enhances contrast and sharpness in photos and videos. Sunlight legibility and viewing angles are also quite impressive.

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Question: How good is the camera quality of the Sony Xperia XZ?

Answer: Sony continues to use a 23MP Exmor RS sensor with f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection, laser autofocus, LED flash and 1/2.3″ sensor size. It has got a new 5-axis stabilization backed up by a color spectrum sensor. On the front we get a 13 MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture.

The Camera does a great job in daylight and even in the artificial light as the optical stabilization helps a lot. The front 13 MP selfie camera is great in daylight and decent in indoor settings, but quality rapidly degrades in darker settings like bars and outdoor scenes. Overall camera impresses us as it comes with many new improvements and features too.

For details, read our in-depth camera review.

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Question: How is the build quality?

Answer: 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.

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Question: Does the Sony Xperia XZ have dual SIM Slots?

Answer: Yes, it has hybrid SIM slots which means one slot accept a Nano SIM and other slot accepts either a Nano SIM card or a microSD card.

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Question: Does the Sony Xperia XZ have microSD expansion option?

Answer: Yes, memory can be expanded on Xperia XZ via microSD card up to 256 GB.

Question: What are the color options?

Answer: The device will be available in Mineral black, Platinum and Forest blue color options.

Question: Does the Sony Xperia XZ have the 3.5 mm headphone jack?

Answer: Yes, the device comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.

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Question: What all sensor does it have?

Answer: It comes with Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, barometer, compass and color spectrum sensors.

Question: What are the dimensions?

Answer: It measures 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm.

Question: What is the weight?

Answer: It weighs 161 grams.

Question: What is the SoC used in the Sony Xperia XZ?

Answer: The Sony Xperia XZ comes with an quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC.

Question: Does the Sony Xperia XZ support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer: Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

Question: Which OS version, OS type runs on the phone?

Answer: The device runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and will be upgradable to Android N soon.

Question: Does it have capacitive buttons or on-screen buttons?

Answer: The device comes with on-screen buttons.

Question: Does it come with a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a fingerprint sensor.

Question: Is Fast Charging supported on the Sony Xperia XZ?

Answer: Yes, the Sony Xperia XZ supports quick charge 3.0.

Question: Does it support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question: Does it come with a Gyroscope sensor?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a gyroscope sensor.

Question: Is it waterproof?

Answer: Yes, the device is waterproof and its IP65 and IP68 certified.

Question: Does it have NFC?

Answer: Yes, the device comes with NFC.

Question: Can it record 4K videos?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Does it supports VoLTE?

Answer: Yes it supports VoLTE and VoWiFi as well.

Question: Does it have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?

Answer: Yes, the device comes with OIS.

Question: Is there any dedicated camera shutter button on the Xperia XZ?

Answer: Yes, the Xperia XZ comes with a dedicated camera button.

Question: What kind of USB does Xperia XZ have?

Answer: It comes with USB Type-C.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker?

Answer: We haven’t tested the Xperia XZ yet. Once we have done our testing, we will post more details in the review.

Question: Can the Xperia XZ be connected to a Bluetooth headset?

Answer: Yes, the device can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question: Is Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing supported?

Answer: Yes, you can create hotspot to share internet from this device.

Question: What is the price and when it will be available in India?

Answer: The device 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 Amazon.in, from October 1st to October 10th.

Question: What are the offers with Xperia XZ?

Answer: 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.

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

Conclusion

Xperia XZ is the device Sony should have launched an year ago. This device packs all the high end specifications, save for the display resolution. The main attraction of the Xperia XZ is its camera – the 23 MP camera featuring an IMX300 sensor comes with a new Triple Image Sensing technology and 5-axis video stabilization, making it a really recommendable phone for users who need a good camera in their phones. While it is a little expensive, Sony’s launch offers make the phone a very reasonable purchase.