Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

Sony Xperia XZ, glass and metal, the new design concept Loop Surface, USB Type-C, laser auto focus and several other camera features, price and term of appearance in the sale – will discuss a novelty?

Sony Xperia XZ: Design, construction

About three years have passed since the appearance on the market Sony Xperia Z – the company’s new outlook on smartphones based on Android. This unit was a landmark and one of the best selling for Sony – for free Sony Ericsson, Sony and for all. Why did it happen? I think the future owners bribed the appearance of the device and various interesting chips: protection against water, good sound quality and a very good complete headset, memory card slot, radio, no shells – also because, in the end, is a plus. Lows were also clear: the display and the camera compared to other flagship companies were weak, but this could be put up. Some use Sony Xperia Z still, recently saw the girl in the cafe machine purple.

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

It seems that was not so much time, that’s just recently took photographs of this device for the first sight – and already in 2016, is already in the hands of a completely new device. Already we have Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1, Z2, Z3 and Z3 +, X and X Performance, everyone was in their own interest, and probably Sony Xperia XZ name was not chosen by chance. Maybe it’s a tribute to the founder of a new family, Sony Xperia Z?

Interestingly positioning Sony Xperia XZ. It does not replace X and X Performance, although the sale will have is about. Price promise up to 50 000, the exact figure is still unknown, as they say, will not interfere with the sales of current expensive smartphones rather complement the line and give people the opportunity to buy something very, very new. I would recommend to look at the Sony Xperia XZ those who are ready to transition to USB Type-C (for example, the MacBook owners), loves and appreciates “sonistayl” needs a good camera. By the way, if you’re somewhere you will see examples of photos with new devices, their earnest until early to assess the software is not final. So I did not give them – I note that the room autofocus is faster than the X Performance. But more about that in the review.

Let’s talk about the design. For Sony Xperia XZ selected a new design concept called the Loop Surface, translate it and explain it is very difficult and it is not necessary – it seems to me, the designer was trying to beat the new connector. Look, everything here reminds of it, even a tiny microphone hole made at a round and look like a USB Type-C. Rounded edges, one element flows into the other, they are repeated and complement each other, starting from the microphone hole and ending with “bay”, where the laser flash and autofocus. If X and X the Performance caused many a yawn – we saw two years ago! – The Sony Xperia XZ marks the beginning of an entirely new line. Frankly, I want to at least two years and nothing has changed on the basis of Sony Xperia XZ PHABLET done or currently fashionable “professional” smartphone, the device of the budget and medium segments. The margin of safety concept from there, the chosen route allows you to create and fully protected device (add stiffening ribs, rubber instead of metal), and said, “budget”, simply replace the metal on plastic.

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

As always, a lot of experiments with color. The most beautiful, in my opinion, the blue, he some kind of unreal, alien, I advise you to look alive. Black is actually not black and charcoal, white – festive, elegant. Perhaps then it appears pink. I asked for camouflage, but I was told that it is too niche color. Designers have taken into account mistakes of the past, back of the unit is not too easily soiled, and here it is in a matte finish, and in the material – metal lid with a special finish, color perception improves. Below – a plastic strip antenna. The ends of the plastic screen covers the glass Gorilla Glass 4, curved glass, 2,5d. It will be interesting to look at the Sony Xperia XZ analyzed, from which it is made and how the frame has not yet been revealed.

Overall, a very good design for 2016, fresh, interesting, the device is not similar to any other device on the market. How and Z at the time – “sonistayla” rife here, and this code can be played in a variety of devices, from the players to televisions.

Few mandatory sentences. At the top end – 3.5 mm jack at the bottom – USB Port Type-C, and have lived here – for the user, on the one hand, convenience, on the other – darkness. Insert the plug can be whatever you like, by any party. But how many of you have these cables?

On the right side – the power button with the fingerprint sensor, there is still the volume buttons and camera launch. By the way, I’m still waiting, in which the company first to dare to refuse the volume buttons – in fact there are automatic adjustment, well, you can always do so directly on the display. What extra mechanical elements? I know adepts mechanical buttons will scold me, but believe me, it’s like having a small mirror for selfie – put it on almost all phones with camera, until someone said “enough”.

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

It should be very praise Sony for persistence in terms of a microSD slot, of course, it there is! And the concept has remained the same with modifications. There will be two versions, one with the SIM-card and 32 GB of memory, with two SIM-cards and 64 GB of memory, a slot hybrid, it will be possible to place or second, or microSD «Simka.” The difference in price – most likely a thousand rubles. I think even here there is no doubt that we must take the version with 64 GB of memory. I understand that someone more important than test scores, but in ordinary life, ordinary person can stick here working SIM-card and safely manage one device.

The slot is easily pulled out, no problems, not even with short nails is easy to do. Maps nanosim, I do not advise we cut, and go to the salon and changed to a new one, if you have a large card. Tip about the memory card is the same as before, it is not necessary to save it.

Dimensions – 146.4 x 71.9 x 8.15 mm, weight – 161 grams. The scope of delivery will be only the power supply and charging – and it is not discussed. By the way, the device is perfectly at the end, on the top or the bottom, it does not matter.

Sony Xperia XZ: Display

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

Edges fashionably curved, some of this practical sense, in addition to beauty, I do not know. Well, it is not particularly strong, it is unlikely to happen often be erroneous pressing. The size of IPS-display – 5.2 inches, FHD resolution, the figures are not surprising, screen life is quite normal. Stars from the sky is not enough. Let’s see what there is in the commercial samples.

Sony Xperia XZ: Features

The smartphone is protected under the standard IP65 / 68, I still do not advise you to try to shoot under water and do this nonsense, especially if the water is salty. Most protected devices may fall into the hands of evil cunning – not shut the slot, do not dry before recharging, simply out of luck. Use safely on the beach, take your hands are wet, but the sink I advise you not to either the Sony, nor the Samsung, or any other device.

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

Initially supported FLAC, ALAC, DSD, there LDAC codec for Bluetooth, LDAC line of accessories with support for Sony diligently expand. Finally visible synchronization between the units – Laser Focus now have cameras, and smartphones, you can use the device as a screen for the PS4, records, translated into a figure with turntable PS-HX500, can be played on Sony Xperia XZ. I know this is very conditional benefits, but nowadays outright boredom in the electronics market approach is a matter of respect – I wonder how much more at Sony will be able to go through so unpopular? I hope that is still very, very long time.

Used pyatipinovy 3.5 mm jack, and supports noise-canceling headsets, and microphones, and other accessories.

Sony Xperia XZ: Camera

Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016

I’d like to believe that the Sony Xperia XZ (as X Compact) will be a milestone for Xperia in terms of photography, the first time a laser autofocus is added here – well, in general, this phone has all the focusing system from normal to predictive. How this will affect the images, see. Use a sensor with a resolution of 23 MP main camera, optics G-lens of 24 mm, the process BIONZ image processing, video recording supports 4K main camera for the front this is not possible. The front camera 13 megapixel, wide-angle optics.

The chamber, according to the company, this is one of the main advantages of the device. Let’s try to list the features, most new for Xperia:

  • Laser autofocus will help to create a clear, high-quality images even in low light conditions.
  • In addition to the laser, there is a predictive auto focus – it will help make clear pictures of moving objects.
  • The stabilization when shooting, tried to shoot video and move your hands, the system visible to the naked eye. This, incidentally, was a very interesting experience.
  • Now you can specify the area to focus on by touching the screen.
  • The sensor then RGBC-IR, say, the colors are natural in various shooting conditions.
  • When shooting video, sound is recorded in stereo, two in the smartphone microphone and noise reduction.
  • There are manual focus system, but then you will need some support in order to achieve a good result.
  • It is possible to adjust both shutter speed (!) From 1/8 to 1/4000 c. Again I remind you about the tripod.

Now it remains only to get the machine to the test and to drive somewhere in a beautiful location for shooting.

Sony Xperia XZ: Performance

Used chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 3GB of RAM, the Sony believe that this is a good solution for smartphone of the key features:

  • Support for fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, you will need to purchase a special memory for use.
  • LTE support (one SIM-card).
  • Responsible for the graphics Adreno 530, which will run the most difficult applications, games.
  • 4K video recording.
  • Bluetooth 4.2.

About the heat and the work as a whole is difficult to say something, test machines behave well, when recording in 4K for a few minutes, all is well, without fail. More about the chip can be read here.

Brand application will give advice on the use of a smartphone during the first months of use. The smartphone comes to Android 6.0, an upgrade to “Seven” will be held on a mandatory basis.

Sony Xperia XZ: Working hours

The battery capacity of 2900 mAh, which has proprietary technologies and STAMINA UltraSTAMINA, at Sony prudently did not speak about any two days of the – I think it’s too much. We all have different formats using the machine, someone looks at the screen several times a day, someone does not come off for a second and erases oleophobic coating for a couple of months.

About connector USB Type-C I have already said, you will need to get used to. Supported Qnovo AdaptiveCharging technology, allowing to extend the life of the battery, there are quick charge using a special charger can reduce the charging time in half.


Sales Sony Xperia XZ will be available in October – quickly. Smartphone was very interesting without any reservations about the «Sony fans” – Sony fans rejoice! The design of a successful, smart nice to take in hand, happy, and that there is no parallel to other Sony devices with any relevant third-party gadgets. No matter what do not like – it’s worth it. Connector USB Type-C – good, now you do not need to watch which way to insert the plug. The chamber would like to evaluate in a combat situation, try shooting with a tripod, or even to call a photographer for evaluation. As in the case of X, two versions, with one and two SIM-cards, is still here a memory card slot, and happy little difference in modifications.

You ask whether it is the flagship? By design, the characteristics, the chip is so. I think the price of Sony Xperia XZ will be somewhere in the region of 50 000 rubles. But Barcelona are likely to see a logical continuation of the line.

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Review Sony Xperia XZ smartphone at IFA 2016 was last modified: September 3rd, 2016 by Tomas Shellby