Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact, The Two New Flagships From Sony Are Up For Pre-Orderby Nawaf Khan September 2, 2016
At the IFA 2016, Sony announced its latest flagship phone the Sony Xperia XZ and also showcased their newest phone in the compact range, the Sony Xperia X Compact. Let’s take a look at these devices and find out whether we have to be excited about these brand-new phones from the house of Sony.
Sony Xperia XZ
The Xperia XZ is a direct successor to the Xperia X, the last flagship from Sony which was a decent device but wasn’t a huge success. Sony has decided to revamp its usual design of sharp angles by giving the Xperia XZ a rounded appearance on the sides. It is very reminiscent of Lumia phones, but it does contribute to the overall appearance and handling.
Xperia XZ Specs:
1080p 5.2-inch IPS Display
Aluminium Unibody Design
Snapdragon 820 Processor
3 GB RAM
32 GB Internal Storage
23MP Camera with f/2.0 Aperture
13MP Front Camera
Triple Image Sensing and SteadyShot Intelligence Active Mode
The Xperia XZ is built with a new material called Alkaleido, which is a rounded aluminium shell that takes up the phones back.
Sony has also upgraded its camera system by bringing in an all new autofocus system in the XZ. The new system uses colour and phase detection along with laser-assist to bring better focusing capabilities. To compensate for the absence of OIS, Sony has included the SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode to stabilise pictures using the 5-axis gyroscope.
Xperia X Compact
As the name suggests, the X Compact is the smaller version of the Xperia X. But mind you, the smaller aspect only applies to the design. The hardware, including the Snapdragon 650 chipset, is more or less the same as the Xperia X. The X compact is also built with the same design principles as the XZ, and thus has the same rounded sides, but the smaller device is made from plastic as opposed to the XZ’s aluminium.
Xperia X Compact Specs:
4.6-inch 720p IPS Display
Snapdragon 650 processor
23MP Camera with f/2.0 aperture, Triple Sense Technology and SteadyShot Mode
5MP front camera
Sony has installed the same camera system in both the XZ and the X Compact, except for the front camera which has been downgraded to a still decent 5MP shooter for the smaller device. This compact device also boasts of the same Triple Sense technology that uses phase detection and colour detection along with laser assist in its autofocus system.
The XZ is all set to be launched by October, while the X Compact will retail as soon as next week. The devices will be available in a variety of colours. The XZ will be available in Mineral Black, Forest Blue and Platinum; while the X Compact will be available in Universal Black, Mist Blue and White.
Pricing for the devices is still a mystery and Sony is expected to reveal the prices a few days before the devices are launched locally.