Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th
Sony’s latest phone, the Xperia XZs, is now available for preorder in the United States through Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. The phone will be available in three color options (Warm Silver, Ice Blue, and Black) and will be available for USD $699.
The Xperia XZs looks like a flagship of yesteryear on paper. It has a 5.2-inch Full HD screen sporting Sony’s Triluminos Display technology. At its heart is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The device supports microSD cards up to 256 GB. It also has dual-SIM support, meaning that users can insert two SIM cards at the same time. This can be handy for business professionals that want separate personal and work numbers on the same phone or travellers that want to use their phone in other countries via local networks. It should be noted that the microSD card uses the SIM tray, so you can either have two SIM cards or one SIM card and a microSD card. The phone is only compatible with GSM networks.
The defining aspect of the Xperia XZs is its new 19 MP “Motion Eye” camera. The camera has a “super slow motion” video mode that can record up to 960 frames per second (fps). While this mode is limited to recording 1 second of 720p video at these speeds, it’s impressive nonetheless. Most phones that offer slow-motion video capture are limited to 240 fps. The camera also has a feature called “Predictive Capture” that detects movement and starts the image buffer while the camera software loads. This captures those quick moments that pass before the shutter button is pressed. The front-facing camera also boasts an impressive 13 MP sensor, making it a capable “selfie” shooter.
While the camera looks impressive, users will have to decide for themselves if the $699 price tag is justified by otherwise mediocre (and outdated) specs. Time (and future reviews) will tell.