Sony’s smartphone business is dabbling through the troubled waters, their X series have been performing poorly so far and the company has lost presence in the budget market entirely. However, Sony is back into the premium segment with yet another flagship – Xperia XZ that they announced today at IFA 2016. Apart from the camera upgrade and a sleeker design, differences are on the lower side when compared to the X Performance which was launched at MWC earlier this year.
To begin with, it features a much refined and smoothened monolithic metal-and-glass body that is water resistant, not waterproof. Additionally, there’s a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS panel up front and the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal memory, a microSD card slot, 2900mAh which Sony claims is “optimized for all day use” , Qnovo adaptive charging, a fingerprint sensor built into its side-mounted power button, and a USB Type-C port. However, the primary focus here has the kept on the camera arrangement that now includes three different sensors to stay ahead of the curve.
For starters, the Xperia XZ is fitted with a 23MP Exmor RS sensor on the back with laser autofocus, 5-axis video stabilization and an RGBC infrared sensor that simultaneously captures RGB and infrared images allowing for better color accuracy and white balance. The XZ also inherits Sony’s Predictive Hybrid AF for reliability capturing fast-moving subjects. On the front, there’s a 13MP shooter that can achieve ISO levels as high as 6400 that should certainly help taking selfies in dark environments. It can also shoot 4K footages which were bewilderingly not available on the X Performance.
The Sony Xperia XZ will go on sale in late October, pricing details are currently unknown. The new flagship definitely looks promising especially when it comes to the design and camera, however, without the right pricing, luring in customers is going to be a difficult job for Sony.