Sony Xperia XZ Has Exceptional Camera BUT there are things which could have been better for the Sony Flagship Smartphone. The Japanese smartphone maker Sony recently launched Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ smartphones during IFA event in Berlin.
Update – Sony has now launched the smartphone in the Indian market priced at Rs. 49999 and will go on sale starting 10th October 2016 on Amazon India. Pricing is steep and Sony flagship will face tough competition in India.
The Samsung’s Galaxy range and iPhone 7 will give a tough fight to Sony smartphones; the new Flagship from Sony will rival the top end devices like S7, S7 edge, HTC 10 and Lg G5.
I have been a fan of Sony smartphones especially the Camera and Sound which are unmatched in the industry but there are some minor things in the new XZ which could have been better.
Sony Xperia XZ
Display – The Sony Xperia XZ sports a 5.2-inch IPS screen with 1920*1080 pixels resolution. Being a Flagship Sony smartphone it comes with X-Reality® for mobile and the Sony triluminous display technology to offer superior colors and contrast. The smartphone display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass (unknown version).
Sony Xperia XZ Design
Design – The smartphone doesn’t look much different at least from the front compared to the recently launched Xperia X or the X Performance. The Sony XZ and X compact use a new material. The back side of the smartphone is made from high purity ALKALEIDO™ metal, adding depth, shine, and brightness to the finish.
Sony calls it a Loop surface design with uncluttered edges. Sony XZ design is referred to as a true unibody design with glass and metal seamlessly merging to offer a neat look. But somehow I don’t find the design really intriguing or different than what Sony has already made. Sony has explained the design in the below video but is beyond my artistic skills comprehension.
Sony explains the design in the below Video
If you understood the video and Sony Design philosophy do share with me in comments. As per the reported specs, the screen to body ratio is 70.9% which means a higher bezel, especially if you carefully observe at the bottom of the device. The design is not bad, though could have been different from the existing ones to give the XZ a fresh feel.
The device will be powered by powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.1 GHz and comes with the Adreno 530 GPU. While the Snapdragon 820 is the best we can get as far as the processors are concerned Sony adds just 3 GB of Ram to a Flagship smartphone which will retail no less than Rs. 50,000. Sony understands much more than their product than me, their engineers are definitely more capable of understanding how much Ram is sufficient for the device even while playing the extreme graphics Android games.
But what about marketing (i have tolled in marketing for 10 years) they would have loved a 6 GB or at least 4 GB Ram to sell the product and even make the customers feel more empowered while comparing it to the Samsung S7 or One Plus 3.
You may argue that Sony fans don’t give a Sh*t about the Ram and are more content with the quality of the product which is top notch, when does Apple compete on gimmicky hardware additions. User experience is paramount. But again my take is Sony still compete in the Android eco-system with other Android smartphone makers, and Android users do care about such things or at least users in India they want a bit more.
The Sony XZ comes with 32 GB of internal storage and there is a Dual Sim variant which will come with 64 GB of internal storage, storage is expandable up to 128 GB using a micro-sd card slot.
Sony has been exceptionally great when it comes to mobile photography and the new Xperia XZ comes with a 23-megapixel camera lens with Sony’s triple image sensing technology to analyze, adapt and capture sharp, vibrant shots in any conditions. The 23-megapixel camera comes with the Exmor RS™ image sensor, the G Lens, and Sony’s Bionz image processing to ensure every shot comes clear and blur-free with vivid true to life colors.
The Sony camera also comes with enhanced video capabilities like predictive hybrid auto-focus mode for video recording of moving objects. The rear camera can also click images with ISO up to 12800 in the manual mode for low light photography. The camera though has a higher aperture size of f/2.0 compared to f/1.7 on the Samsung Note 7. The camera is also capable of recording 4K videos.
Clearly, Sony has raised the bar as far as the front camera goes for everyone with a 13 MP front camera for selfies and video chat. The front camera comes with 1/3.06” Exmor RS lens and can capture images with ISO as low as 6400.
Other Specs and Features
The Sony Xperia XZ runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS. The smartphone has the modern USB Type C port which is definitely a positive addition from Sony. The battery capacity is decent with 2900 mAH charge and also supports fast adaptive charging which Sony calls “Qnovo Adaptive Charging”. The Qnovo Adaptive Charging ensures a longer life for the battery itself so that it can last for years before the need for a replacement.
The smartphone has also got the waterproof and dustproof capability with IP68 certification. The Xperia XZ offers high fidelity sound output using LDAC and Clear Audio+. The smartphone comes with support for NFC and Bluetooth 4.2.
The Sony Xperia XZ has a weight of 161 grams and has a thickness of 8.1 mm. The smartphone also has a fingerprint scanner uniquely placed on the side edge. The Sony Xperia XZ comes in three colors Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum.
There is yet no information on the price of the smartphone but we can expect it to be in the range of $700 to $750 (Rs. 50,000) when it start selling.
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