Sony Xperia XZ Review: Price, Specs, Pros and Cons

Review of Sony Xperia XZ at a Glance:-

Sony added a new High End device in list with Camera oriented smartphone Sony Xperia XZ, This phone has many features that can attract a customer but it has some downsides that's why we have pointed some of the major Advantages/ Pros and Cons/ Disadvantages of this handset. The keys specification of Xperia XZ are 5.2 inches IPS LCD Display, Snapdragon 820 CPU, Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow, 23 MP primary | 13 MP Secondary Camera, 64 GB Internal Storage | 256 GB External Memory Card support, 3 GB RAM and 2900 mAh battery.

The Re-Modified Design
The look of phone is based on the modification of Sony's own OmniBalance design and it has large bezel area below and above the display, recently we have reviewed the Xiaomi Mi Mix with nearly negligible bezel area that's why Xperia XZ may looking much odd with such a huge bezel area. However it comes up with very elegant and comfortable design with curved glass and rounded edges that enhances the overall uncluttered look and ease in holding with single hand. May be everyone doesn't like it but in this handset Fingerprint scanner is integrated with power button on right edge, this right edge also houses Camera button and volume rockers, top has a hole for inserting 3.5mm audio jack while in the bottom USB Type C slot is fixed.

Pictures on Display
There is a phone Sony Xperia Z5 Premium launched in 2015 with 4K resolution and 806 ppi pixel density but now they have choose to go with optimum features regards the screen in Xperia XZ, it has 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolutions with 424ppi of display density. Alike Samsung launch High end smartphone with Super AMOLED display, Sony has developed TRILUMINOS Display for Mobile, which has X-Reality that can enhance the picture quality by adding missing pixels, reduces noise and sharpens the image. There is "glove mode" provides greater sensitivity is useful in the winter. It is well made for all kind of ambient light, so you will have a good visual experience with this handset. 

The SnapShot
Here this device is packed with 23MP primary camera with Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, award-winning G Lens and Sony’s Bionz image processing, which definitely help to capture better looking photos even after zooming and phone also capable to record the 4K videos. In comparing the image with Galaxy S7 Edge, the photos in low light captured from the Galaxy phone looks better. We are desperately missing the OIS in this handset although SteadyShot is helping us to some extent to stabilize the pictures. 13MP front camera is sweet cake for the selfie enthusiast people. 

Processor and Performance
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is installed with 3 GB RAM inside the phone, at this price point there is no Android handset with only 3 GB RAM, Obviously there is no hiccups in general multitasking and running different kinds of Games but when it comes to free memory and much smoother tasking Xperia XZ is behind its competitors.

The Battery and Charge
This phone has 2900 mAh battery and with Qnovo Adaptive Charging, company claims that it will have double lifespan as compare to counterpart batteries. STAMINA Mode is also help to Squeeze out every drop of battery juice efficiently. Moderate user can easily take its battery for nearly full day.

Extra Features
You need not to worry about the accidental fall in water or rains, Device is IP68 certified dust proof and water resistant over 1.5 meter water depth for 30 minutes. Sony is also offering Stereo Front Facing speakers with good audio quality but the speaker loudness is below average.

Specification of Sony Xperia XZ

Operating System
OS- Android 
OS Version- v6.0 (Marshmallow) 
CPU- Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 
Clock Speed- 2.15 GHz Kryo  
Core- Quad-core 
GPU- Adreno 530

Screen and Display
Type- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 
Size- 5.2 inches  
Display Resolution- 1080 x 1920 pixels  
Display Reinforced- 
Display Density- 424 ppi 
Screen-Body Ratio- 70.9%

Rear- 23 MP
Front- 13 MP  
Max. Video Resolution- 2160p 
Max Video Frames- 120fps@720p

Form and Dimension
Phone Dimension- 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
Form- Bar 
Weight- 161 grams

Data Connection and Connectivity 
4G- LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
3G- HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
Bluetooth- v4.2 
WiFi- 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Headphone Jack- 3.5mm

Proximity- Yes 
Accelerometer- Yes 
Light- Yes 
Gyroscope- Yes
Fingerprint- Yes 

Memory and RAM
Internal (ROM)- 32/64 GB
External (SD)- 256 GB

SIM Type- Nano-SIM
SIM Support- Single/Double SIM

Capacity- 2900 mAh
Stand By- 610 hours 
Talktime- 17 hours 

Phone’s Available Colour- Mineral black, Platinum, Forest blue and Deep pink

Pros of Sony Xperia XZ

  • IP68 certified dust proof and water resistant body up to 1.5 meter of depth.
  • Memory can be Extended up to 256 GB.
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection for the display.
  • Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Google Cast and NFC is supported.
  • Fast Fingerprint sensor is located in the side power button.
  • It has front-facing stereo speakers.

Cons of Sony Xperia XZ

  • No IR blaster.
  • Mediocre Speaker in loudness.
  • FM Radio is not pre-installed.
  • SIM 2 can't be used separately with memory card (Hybrid SIM Slot)
  • Battery is non-removable
  • 3 GB RAM is less as compared to counterpart smartphones.

Why to buy and Final words about Sony Xperia XZ

This phone is an example of classical handset design with optimum features and good camera combination, there is nothing new about the craftsmanship while overall look of the handset is eye pleasing. Although many user may hate the large bezels which is cutting the area for main display. Sony featuring stereo front facing but the loudness is not as much as expected. However you always have options to choose from like LG G5, hTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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Sameer Gwasikoti
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