- Sony Xperia XZ comes to India carrying a price tag of Rs. 49,990/-
- It’s a solid performer in all departments, but lacks a standout feature
After launching the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium late last year, the Japanese tech giant decided it was time to call it quits on the famous Z branding.
Earlier this year they replaced the Z range with the launch of the Xperia X and XA.However, these weren’t branded as Sony’s flagship devices and instead joined the ranks of the mid-range smartphones.
Now Sony has finally added the X-factor to its premium handset and launched a smartphone called the Xperia XZ.
This new phone features a fast processor, 5.2-inch HD display and the best camera Sony has ever created.But can it really take on the might of Samsung, Apple and the all-new Pixel from Google.
The Sony Xperia XZ feels solid in your hand and this phone is built from premium materials that will easily last out your two year contract.The Xperia logo being etched neatly into the case is a nice touch and the camera lens not bulging from the back is something Apple and Samsung fans can only dream of.
Sadly, there are a few odd design quirks including the very sharp corners which actually hurt your hands when holding the XZ in certain positions.It’s a shame Sony has removed the cushioned curves that appeared on the Z5.
Sony has also continued to place the volume control towards the base of the phone and you’ll need very flexible thumbs to use it.Even with these niggles the Sony Xperia XZ is still stylish and sophisticated.It’s not as striking as the Galaxy S7 edge, but it’s a good looking smartphone.
One of the XZ’s biggest selling points is its camera and Sony has made plenty of noise about it capabilities.Sony says its 23-megapixel camera is one of the most advanced in a smartphone and features triple image sensing technology.There’s also Predictive Hybrid Auto Focus which intelligently predicts and tracks subjects in motion and helps images appear blur free.
However, although the XZ’s camera is good, we thought it would blow the competition out of the water and it doesn’t.Other cameras, such as the one found on Google’s new Pixel, take images that are just as good and we’ve even noticed some images looking better on the Pixel.
For your selfies there’s a very decent 13 megapixel front-facing camera which includes a super high sensitivity to help in low-light.If it’s video you’re after, the XZ can shoot footage in full 4K resolution which are made wobble-free via Sony’s clever image stabilisation.
Sony has included a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display on the XZ and it brings a decent experience.Content appear crisp, vibrant, crystal clear and everything you view is guaranteed to look splendid on this bright and colour-packed screen.
However, the XZ’s display isn’t as good as some of its competition, especially when compared to devices such as the Galaxy S7.Samsung’s award-winning phone includes an AMOLED display which sadly outshines the XZ.Although these features are missing, Sony does redeem itself with a clever Glove Mode.This allows the touch-sensitive screen to work when the user is wearing – you guessed it – gloves.
Glove mode actually works quite well and will certainly be a useful extra when the British winter finally strikes.If you buy the XZ the display won’t disappoint – it’s just a shame it’s not quite as eye-catching as some of its rivals.
Sony has always had exceptional battery life but the Sony Xperia XZ isn’t as good as we’d hoped.With this device fully charged you’ll easily get a full days use but the device does munch through power faster than some of its rivals.
SPEED & MEMORY:
Tucked inside the XZ is Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 820 processor.This beefy brain brings a slick experience to Sony’s phone and you’ll struggle to find much that the XZ can’t cope with.In fact, the XZ is an absolute joy to use and stands up well against all of its Android rivals.
Along with decent speed, Sony gives you 32GB or 64GB of internal storage but this is expandable to 256GB via an SD Card slot.
Sony was one of the first manufacturers to make its Xperia devices water resistant and the XZ continues that tradition.This phone has an IP65/68 rating which means it will cope with a decent soaking.However, before you get too excited about taking the XZ scuba diving, Sony has a long list of dos and don’ts.
These include exposing it to seawater, salt water, chlorinated water, or liquids such as drinks – so no using it in a hot tub with a pina colada.
Another extra included on the XZ is a fingerprint scanner which sits on the side of the smartphone.This allows quick access to the device and, with good accuracy, it will rarely let you down.Finally, the XZ has the ability to play Hi-Res Audio music which is a nice feature – but don’t forget that you’ll need a pair of compatible headphones to get the full audio experience.
Sony has created a solid smartphone with its Sony Xperia XZ.This device is incredibly well built, fast and features a decent display.
The camera and battery life are also hugely impressive and the fact it’s water resistant will be a huge bonus to anyone who’s prone to the odd accident.