Sony, which is still struggling in the smartphone market, has today announced its latest smartphone — Xperia XZ. The smartphone, which is a successor to Xperia X, is a device that “could” turn around things for Sony.
The Xperia XZ focuses on key factors — design, performance, camera and battery life. The phone comes with a beautiful new design and a metal-clad body.
The phone comes with a 5.2-inch IPS full HD display with screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by the same Snapdragon 820 processor that we saw on Xperia X. Along with that, it packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, and support for up to 200GB of memory card.
On the photography side, the device is fitted with a 23 megapixel Exmor RS sensor at back with laser auto focus so that the objects can be tracked faster. To make sure that the colours captured are accurate, the sensor simultaneously captures RGB and infrared images. It also comes with a 13 megapixel front facing camera.
The camera now supports 4K video recording, which was missing in the Xperia X. Sony also worked with the team of Alpha SLRs to improve the image stabilization. While it still lacks optical image stabilization, the compny has included its SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode which now uses 5-axis gyroscope measurements to stabilize pictures and videos.
Sony has also included a fingerprint scanner. However, unlike other devices, the fingerprint scanner on the device sits on the power button on the side edge. The phone has a USB Type C port instead of a microUSB port.
It is powered by a 2900mAh battery, which Sony says is “optimized for all day usage”. It is capable of Quick Charge 3.0, but it is not clear whether the quick charger will be provided or not.
The Sony Xperia XZ will be available for purchase in early October. It will be available in Mineral Black, Forest Blue, and Platinum colours. The phone is positioned above the Xperia X Performance, which means it’s the best Sony has to offer. Thus, the pricing of the device could be north of €700, but that’s just our guess. Nothing related to pricing has been revealed yet.