Sony may be done with the Z series, but the letter returns with the company’s latest addition to their flagship X range, with the Xperia XZ. Introduced alongside the much smaller Xperia X Compact at IFA a little over a month ago, this high-end smartphone is Sony’s attempt at finding a foothold once again in the market.
This post is a comprehensive review of the new Sony Xperia XZ!
The Xperia XZ comes with a 5.2-inch display, which allows for a relatively easy one-handed handling experience, despite the back plate being made with metal. Speaking of the metal backing, there are no plastic inserts to be found here, resulting in the NFC chip being moved from the back, where it is normally expected to be, to the front, next to the front-facing camera.
Taking a look around the device, the headphone jack and USB Type-C port are at the top and bottom respectively, a combined SIM card and microSD card slot is on the left, and finally, on the right side is the power button, volume rocker, and Sony’s signature dedicated camera shutter button. The power button of the Xperia XZ does function as a fingerprint sensor.
The Sony Xperia XZ comes with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, with a Full HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi. Quad HD is generally what is expected from current generation flagships, but unless you are planning to use the device for VR, you are not going to notice any difference with 1080p here.
Sony is well-known for making really good camera sensors for smartphones, but they have unfortunately never managed to get the camera quite right with their own phones. The device is comes with a 23MP rear camera and a 13MP front-facing camera.
In low light conditions, there is still a fair amount of detail to be had, and the images come out relatively noise free. The camera does to tend overexpose shots though, and there is a lot of blooming in the highlights.
Xperia XZ packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, backed by the Adreno 530 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. While this is the processing package that is generally seen with most current flagships, 4 GB of RAM is the norm, so the reduction may be disappointing to some.
The Xperia XZ comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of on-board storage, but if you do opt for the lower storage option, you can bolster that with a microSD card by up to 256 GB. Unlike the Xperia X Compact, the Xperia XZ does come with an IP 68 rating for resistance to dust and water, which means that you can use the phone in the rain or while in the shower if you want to, and it can also survive a dunk in the water with no adverse effect on functionality.
The Xperia XZ comes with a 2,900 mAh battery, with is a little smaller than a lot of other flagships out there. The battery is good enough to comfortably allow for a full day of use, but you won’t get a whole lot more beyond that. The phone comes with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, which will allow you to get back to a full charge quickly.
On the software side of things, the Xperia XZ is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the Xperia UI on top, which Sony has scaled back significantly to keep the experience fairly light. You still have Sony’s own launcher, Settings menu, app icons, and a built-in themes engine, but the majority of the user interface feels very close to stock Android.
Pricing and Availability
Sony Xperia XZ is not yet available in Nigeria. When available, you can buy it at leading online stores in the country. Sony Xperia XZ Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N200,000 to N250,000 depending on your location in Nigeria.
Sony Xperia XZ Specifications
- Display: 5.2″ Full HD Triluminos IPS LCD
- SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Processor: Quad-core, 64-bit Snapdragon 820
- GPU Adreno 530
- RAM: 3 GB
- Storage: 32 GB (single SIM), 64 GB (dual-SIM) + microSD
- Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
- Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
- Weight: 161g
- IP rating: IP65/IP68
- Main camera: 23 MP with triple image sensing, predictive hybrid autofocus, 5-axis stabilization
- Front camera: 13 MP
- Battery: 2,900 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, USB Type-C
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes
- Networks: GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G), UMTS HSPA+ (3G), Cat. 9 LTE
- Connectivity: A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS), Wi-Fi Miracast, Bluetooth 4.2