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Hands on with the Xperia XZ

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Hands on with the Xperia XZ

Specifications
Manufacturer

Sony

Model / Variant

Xperia XZ

Launch Date

29th Sept 2016

Price

Rs. 49990

Dimensions

146 x 72 x 8.1 mm

Weight

161 gm

Design

Alkaleido Metal Chassis

Colors

Forest Blue
Mineral Black
Platinum

Display Size and Type

5.2 Inch LCD

Display Resolution

1920 x 1080p

Protection

Gorilla Glass 4

Chipset

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit

CPU

2.15 GHz Quad Core

GPU

Adreno 530

Memory Storage

64 GB

RAM

3 GB

Memory Expandability

256 GB MicroSD

Operating System

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Primary Camera

23 MP Sony Exmor RS

Camera Features

Triple image sensing technology
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
ISO12800
24mm lens
BIONZ mobile image-processing engine
SteadyShot (5-axis stablization)

Primary Video

4K Video

Secondary Camera

13 MP
22mm lens
F2.0

Secondary Camera Video

1920 x 1080p

Battery

2900 mAh

2G Network

GSM GPRS/EDGE (2G)

3G Network

UMTS HSPA+ (3G)

4G / LTE Network

LTE (4G) Cat9
VoLte
ViLte,

Connectivity

A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)
WiFi Miracast
Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology
DLNA Certified
Google Cast
NFC

SIM Type

DUAL SIM
NANO SIM
Hybrid Tray

Other Features

Battery Care Qnovo Charging
Quick Charge 3.0

The minute you put your hands on the Sony Xperia XZ you are reminded of the premium feel of the Xperia Z series phones. The Xperia XZ is a flagship in the true sense and Sony has launched it as a replacement of the Xperia Z5 which is a good thing.

 

The in-hand feel of the handset is brilliant thanks to the use of the new material called Alkaleido, which allows the phone to be a lot more robust than traditional aluminium chassis’ and is less prone to damage.

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The premium build handset from Sony also features IP68 water resistance much like the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Note 7 and is also completely sand proof. The Sony Xperia XZ is the only smartphone from the company launched this year with that certification.

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The display on the Sony Xperia XZ is just a Full HD 1920 x 1080px resolution display but has great colour and brightness and is easily viewable indoors and outdoors. The viewing angles on the screen are great too.

The phone runs Android 6.0.1 with a beta software at the moment so we did see some glitches and issues with the software builds. Sony has assured that the final retail units will come with a finished user interface.

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The camera which is the hero features 5 axis image stabalization and 4k video recording. You also get subject tracking and predictive autofocus, which works great. However, getting around the camera menu and UI is a little mind boggling and to shoot 4k video you need to jump into a specific app.

Hopefully Sony updates the camera software in a coming update, because it needs much work to leverage the many features that this great camera hardware has. Sony has cleaned up the UI to quite an extent and you can disable the non wanted apps from the UI. The overall software seems snappy.

Battery is a low 2900 mAh, however bundled with quick charge 3.0 so that you can easily get a few hours of talk time in 10-15 minutes of charging via the USB Type-C port. The phone works over 4G on both SIM-cards and has VoLTE, we however were not able to test it just as yet.

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All three colours of the Xperia XZ look great and feel great in the hand, the back is easy to wipe clean and the front houses a curved Gorilla Glass 4 which will deliver the needed frontal protection.

 

 

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Bharat Nagpal
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