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IFA 2016 | Sony unveils Xperia XZ flagship smartphone

Sony unveils Xperia XZ flagship smartphone (Source: Sony)
Sony unveils Xperia XZ flagship smartphone (Source: Sony)
The Xperia XZ and mainstream Xperia X Compact will carry 23 MP rear cameras and 3 GB of RAM with Qualcomm Snapdragon SoCs.

Sony has introduced two new flagship smartphones at IFA 2016 as part of its Xperia lineup: The 4.6-inch Xperia X Compact and the larger 5.2-inch Xperia XZ. Both are notable for having 23 MP rear cameras not unlike on the existing Xperia Z5, but these upcoming models will incorporate laser auto-focus for even faster auto-focus.

The larger Xperia XZ will ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB eMMC, all of which are already becoming more common on mainstream or upper-middle class smartphones like the OnePlus 3. The new Sony units will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a promised update to Android 7 Nougat when available.

Other features of the XZ include a FHD display and an adaptive charging technology that will conserve more battery power during use when the device is plugged in. Quick Charge and IP65/68 certification for dust and water resistance will also be standard.

The Xperia XZ will be available in Forest Blue, Mineral Black, and Platinum colors.

Technical specifications for the Xperia XZ:

  • 5.2-inch FHD Gorilla Glass TRILUMINOUS display
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ support for 256 GB MicroSD
  • Google Android 6.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
  • 2900 mAh battery
  • 23 MP rear camera (1/2.3-inch Exmor, 24 mm wide-angle, 4K video recording, SteadyShot)
  • 13 MP front camera (1/3.06-inch Exmor, F2.0, 22 mm wide-angle)
  • 4G LTE Cat 9
  • Nano SIM
  • 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
  • 161 g

Meanwhile, the smaller Xperia X Compact will have the same cameras and adaptive charging technology as its larger sibling but without 4K recording capabilities. Its native resolution is lower at 720p and with a weaker Snapdragon 650 SoC. Colors include Mist Blue, Black, and White.

Both the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact will ship globally later this month.

Technical specifications for the Xperia X Compact:

  • 4.6-inch HD Gorilla Glass TRILUMINOUS display
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB eMMC w/ support for 256 GB MicroSD
  • Google Android 6.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC
  • 2700 mAh battery
  • 23 MP rear camera (1/2.3-inch Exmor, 24 mm wide-angle, SteadyShot)
  • 13 MP front camera (1/3.06-inch Exmor, F2.0, 22 mm wide-angle)
  • 4G LTE Cat 9
  • Nano SIM
  • 129 x 65 x 9.5 mm
  • 135 g

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Allen Ngo, 2016-09- 4 (Update: 2016-09- 4)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.