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One of Sony’s latest flagship smartphones, the Xperia XZ, was launched earlier in September 2016. With one of their smartphone lines called “Z”, and the latest one called “X”, Sony is really taking the naming business to the next level. Supposedly, the Xperia XZ takes the best of both worlds and combines it into one of 2016’s top flagships.
Depending on where you buy it from, it’ll set you back approximately £600. Fortunately, you may be lucky to find it bundled with one of Sony’s better headphones - the XB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth, which is priced at around £150, making it a great deal.
Most critics agree that Sony’s move towards their “Omni-Balance” design was one of the best ideas they’ve had over the years. According to Sony, the original Omni-Balance design, featured on their initial Xperia Z model was all about balance and symmetry. Since then, rather than changing their approach, Sony has been perfecting their designs. Keeping true to the Omni-Balance idea, the Xperia XZ features a great combination of sharp edges and smooth curves.
The back of the Xperia XZ is made out of a new type of metal alloy, called ALKALEIDO. Although it has a funny name, the new alloy is actually pretty impressive. Made exclusively by the Japanese steel manufacturer, Kobe Steel, the aluminium alloy offers a great feel to the touch. Moreover, if you’re going to get the Mineral Black version, you’re in for a treat, as the alloy changes colour based on the environmental lighting. We’ve seen a great deep purple nuance that really has “premium” written all over it. Unfortunately, it’s still a fingerprint magnet, like all smartphones with metal backs.
The XZ features an exceptional 5.2”, full HD resolution, with 424 ppi. The screen is made from the latest Gorilla Glass, while the digital panel features Sony’s proprietary Triluminous display. The phone is shipped with the 6.0.1 version of Android OS, although Sony is already working on the upgrade to Android 7.0.
When it comes to hardware, there’s really not much competition between the XZ and the rest of the flagships. The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset is the phone’s powerhouse. There’s 3GB of RAM available, with internal storage ranging from 32 to 64GB. Luckily, there’s an SD card slot for those of us who can never have enough storage space.
Sony installed their best smartphone camera and sensors on the XZ. The IMX300 is backed up by a predictive hybrid laser autofocus that also acts as a contrast detector. The 24.8MP native sensor is custom-made and not shared with other smartphone manufacturers, unlike previous sensors that have been used on Samsung’s flagships.