For example, the Indian market sees the most competition in the Rs 15,000 and Rs 30,000 range. Sony has not introduced any such product in the recent past which is of these price range. In the expensive price range, companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus are firmly presenting their claim. These companies have been claiming that they are selling the best products with powerful specifications for half the price from expensive brands. Companies like HTC and Sony have also suffered because of performance matching the claims of phones like OnePlus 3 and Xiaomi Mi 5. Sony has already clarified that it will not offer any product in the budget segment. So, it is clear that the Xperia XZ has a big responsibility to make a mark in the premium segment. The phone was launched in India only last month for Rs 49,990. Does the first phone in Sony’s new X series justify its price? Let’s find out through the review.
Sony Xperia XZ Design and Display
At first glance, the Sony Xperia XZ doesn’t seem like anything unusual. The design pretty much matches today’s smartphones. The protection of Gorilla Glass 4 is present on the front panel. There is not much on this panel other than a 5.2-inch full-HD display. On top of the display is the Sony logo. An earpiece that also acts as a speaker while playing videos and music. And a speaker below the display, which together with the top speakers gives a stereo-like experience.
Next to the Sony logo are a variety of sensors and on the left is a front camera. The rear is made of a custom alloy Alcaleado designed by Sony. The Xperia branding is present in the middle of the rear. At the bottom, there is a primary mic with a USB Type-C port. The 3.5mm headphone jack has got a place on the top.
On the right side is the power button which houses the fingerprint scanner. Along with this, there is a volume rocker and a camera button. This setup has been seen in Sony’s phones in recent times. On the top left is the SIM tray. This is a hybrid SIM slot in which it is possible to use a nano SIM card. The good thing is that Sony has removed the tray ejecting mechanism. Now you will be able to remove it with a little technique. And it also stays in its place during use.
The metal back gives the Xperia XZ a smooth feel. It does not slip from the hands. It can be said that it has proved to be the best hand feeling phone in recent times. Let us tell you that when we got the unit of Xperia XZ for review, the space black iPhone 7 also reached around this. Talking about the feel in the hands, we have always found Sony phones to be the better ones.
Contrary to what Sony claims, the edges are more straight than curved. And they seem awkward at times, especially when holding the phone in a certain position.
Weighing in at 161 grams and with a thickness of 8.1 mm, the Sony Xperia XZ is heavy and thick. But it doesn’t give the feeling of being too big. It is available in Blue, Platinum and Mineral Black color variants.
The Xperia XZ sports a 5.2-inch full-HD display with the same size and resolution as the Xperia Z5. We believe that a screen of this size should have a resolution of 1080 pixels. We have no complaints against the Xperia XZ in this department.
We had no problem seeing in the outside light. You will be able to control the display by going to the default settings. The Xperia XZ has a glove mode that you can switch on and use the glove to work on the touchscreen.
Sony Xperia XZ Specs, Software and Performance
The Xperia XZ is the first flagship phone in Sony’s new X series. Its specifications are similar to the old generation Xperia Z5. Both have the same display size and resolution. It has 3 GB RAM. You can use microSD card up to 200 GB. The sensor of the rear camera is 23 megapixels.
There are also some differences. Storage has been increased to 64 GB. The sensor of the front camera is 13 megapixels. Remember that the Xperia Z5 has a 5 megapixel front camera. The Snapdragon 820 processor has been made a part of the handset. Both the SIM slots support 4G and VoLTE. We used Reliance Jio sim with Xperia XZ. We didn’t have any problem. Call quality was good on most networks.
We have no complaints with the Sony Xperia XZ in daily use. The phone runs without any interruption. Switching between apps is very easy. The fingerprint scanner also works very fast. We liked the position of the fingerprint sensor in it. Because it was very easy to unlock the phone by holding it in the right hand, if you stored the thumb as identification.
During the recording, we came to know about the lack of the phone. We would only be able to record videos for up to 3 minutes in 4K resolution, as the camera app automatically closed due to overheating of the phone. Performance was slightly better at full-HD resolution, but the app shuts itself down after 15 minutes of recording. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ handled games with more powerful graphics with ease. We did not even complain about the phone getting too hot.
In the benchmark test, this phone gave solid performance. The same can be said about the graphics test. But its performance in the browser-based test was a bit weak compared to other flagship phones.
One annoying thing about the Sony Xperia XZ is that the phone restarts automatically when the SIM/microSD tray is taken out. Most of the Android smartphone maker companies have overcome this shortcoming. But this shortcoming in a 2016 flagship phone is disappointing. By the way, common users rarely change SIM cards frequently. So they shouldn’t be a problem.
Sony Xperia XZ runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, on top of which the company has its own user interface. Apart from the new features of Android 6.0, not much has been introduced in the Xperia Z5. As before, you can bring up the search box by swiping down. After that it becomes easy to switch between different applications. The Xperia XZ also shows you suggested apps which are a mix of your recently used and frequently used apps. There is also an option to close all in the app switcher.
Many apps like Facebook, AVG Protection, Swiftkey, Modern Combat 5, Asphalt Nitro are pre-installed in Xperia XZ.
Like the Sony Xperia Z5, the Xperia XZ also supports multiple profiles. However, we wish that different fingerprints could be used for a particular profile.
Stereo speakers are there but they don’t deliver as much sound as the Xperia Z5. Overall the speaker turned out to be weaker than expected. Like other Sony phones, it also comes with IP68 certification, which means that it is less prone to damage from dust and water.
Sony Xperia XZ Camera and Battery Life
Sony has touted the Xperia XZ’s camera as the main highlight. Sony has also given many features to support this claim. The rear camera has three separate sensors – the CMOS sensor frame can track and predict the movement of any object, thereby reducing the chances of blurring the shot. The laser autofocus sensor allows you to better focus on any object, especially in low light. The RGBC-IR sensor aims to provide accurate color reproduction.
It has a 6-element Sony G lens with f/2.0 aperture and five-axis stabilization for video.
The camera app is the same as before. Before this, we have already come across other Sony phones. You will also get manual control of focus and shutter speed. This means that the problems we faced with Sony phones still exist. HDR mode can be extremely difficult to find. The 4K and panorama options are hidden in a corner of the camera app. And it takes a lot of time for the pictures to be saved in the storage.
Sony Xperia XZ has a 23 megapixel sensor. In the default mode, it can take pictures of 8 megapixels. Which is easily possible to change by going to the camera app. Video recording resolution goes up to 4K. As far as the actual image quality is concerned, the pictures taken in outdoor natural light turned out to be excellent. In terms of detail, these photos were capable of challenging the photos taken with the best camera phones.
Photos taken at night came out fine. But they lacked details. We managed to take good shots even in low light. Overall the performance will be called ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’.
The front camera of 13 megapixels has a wide-angle lens. You will love taking selfies with it. The video stabilization feature does a great job of eliminating the problem of hand movement while recording a video.
Talking about the battery life, the Sony Xperia XZ lasted for 10 hours and 21 minutes in the video loop test. This is slightly less than the battery performance of the Xperia Z5. In normal use it lasts for a day. With the help of Sony’s Stamina and Ultra Stamina modes, you will be able to extend the life of the 2900 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia XZ comes with Adaptive Charging. It is claimed to have about double the battery life. However, its performance will be revealed only after using the phone for a long time.
The Xperia XZ supports fast charging. Sony claims that you can get up to 5.5 hours of talk time in just 10 minutes of charging. Sadly, we couldn’t test this feature as our review unit didn’t have a quick charger.
After reading the review, by now you must have guessed that there are very few drawbacks in this. This is a good looking phone which is made from premium material. Display is good. And performs all the tasks with ease. The photos don’t disappoint and there’s no need to compromise on battery life either. But given the kind of changes that have taken place in the world of smartphone technology in the last two years, it will not be easy for us to suggest you spend Rs 49,990 on this phone.
To be a strong contender at this price point, the Sony Xperia XZ needed to have a feature that would take it far ahead of its rivals. Sadly, there is nothing like this in this Sony phone. Sony wants to create this concept among the customers regarding the camera. But after the review, we will definitely say that the camera of Xperia XZ is capable but not the best.
Smartphones have a lot more than just specifications. In such a situation, you can get half the price of this phone. oneplus 3 And Xiaomi Mi 5 Convincing someone to buy Sony Xperia XZ with options like this will not be easy. We also believe that Sony products are more reliable than these Chinese companies. But the price cannot be justified.
If you buy the Sony Xperia XZ, you will be a little disappointed if you don’t shoot a lot of videos. For most people, the flagships of OnePlus and Xiaomi will prove to be a better option. This phone is not perfect, but it has improved a lot compared to the previous generation device. If you have 50 thousand rupees to spend then Samsung Galaxy S7 either Galaxy S7 Edge Think about. And with that some money will also be saved.