Sony announced Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact at IFA 2016 in Berlin at the start of this month. It will replace the Xperia X Performance as the company’s flagship smartphone after just a few short months of that device being available.
Speaking of availability, the Xperia XZ is coming to the US with a flagship price tag of $699.99 and of course, it is a flagship after all, the best of Sony. But does it justify the hefty price tag?
The unlocked model supports GSM networks while packing in a 5.2-inch 1080p display, which is fine, not bad y any standards but at almost $700, the competition has better displays. It packs the same Snapdragon 820 SoC that powers every other Android flagship, 3GB of RAM (which is not bad, but 4GB is kind of the norm these days for flagships) and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD slot. Being a Sony phone though, it’s beautifully crafted, well-built and also IP65/IP68 dust-tight and water-resistant for added protection from the elements and any unforeseen accidents.
The XZ also has a USB-C port to keep up with the times and features like 4K video and enhanced image stabilization for its 23-megapixel camera on the back and a 13-megapixel shooter on the front capable of full HD video. However, as we know, megapixels don’t prove anything and Sony’s camera software has always let down the brilliant hardware when compared to the competition.
However, this year, Sony may have done some serious work. Watch the Xperia X Compact’s camera freeze time.
The mid-range Xperia X Compact will go on sale September 25th in the States, a few weeks after making its debut in the UK. A smaller 4.6-inch device, the X Compact is priced at $499.99 unlocked with a 720p display and the same 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a USB Type-C jack as the Xperia XZ. The GSM-compatible X Compact also touts that 5-axis video stabilization that Sony offers on the larger phone since it has essentially the same 23MP camera featured on the flagship Xperia XZ.
Sony has been widely praised for its compact phones which bring flagship specs in a smaller package, something nobody else was doing. Did I say was? Yes and that’s because this year, the compact is kind of like every other mini phone.
All of features on the X compact are driven by a Snapdragon 650 chipset – which has been used by other manufacturers for their budget devices – paired with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 510 GPU.. Devices that cost around $150. Not to say the X Compact doesn’t perform well if you’re a casual user. But if you’re depending on your phone a lot, switching between apps, a heavy user, you’ll maybe want to go with the XZ.
If you can’t wait an extra week for the XZ, the X Compact still offers some of the same features as its bigger and pricier companion except the water resistance. It’s plastic built but it’s the best plastic built phone you will ever touch.
Being Sony phones however, also has some cons. The fingerprint reader on the power button of the devices, will be disabled in the US. Why? Sony says a ” pure business decision” is the reason. Make of it what you will because to me, it makes no sense. It’s not like the hardware is not there, the scanner is there, it’s just disabled.
The Xperia X Compact is already available for pre-order on Amazon at $469 for the black version and $499 for white and blue.It will be available starting September 25th. While, you can grab the XZ and X Compact wallpapers.
Wil you be buying the Xperia XZ or the X Compact? Does the lack of a fingerprint reader b0ther you?
Press Release :
SONY ANNOUNCES PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FOR XPERIA™ XZ AND XPERIA X COMPACT IN THE UNITED STATES
Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) is pleased to announce that Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ will be available unlocked in the United States starting September 25, 2016 for the Xperia X Compact and October 2, 2016 for Xperia XZ.
Both smartphones can be purchased on Amazon, Best Buy and other participating retailers for a suggested retail price of $499.99 and $699.99, respectively, and will support GSM networks.
The all new Xperia XZ represents the ultimate in Sony Xperia’s state-of-the-art camera, video and audio capabilities. It starts with the introduction of Sony’s allnew triple image sensing technology to the highly advanced 23MP camera, combining Predictive Hybrid Autofocus with two new sensors—Laser Autofocus and RGBC Infrared sensors—to clearly capture any moment in life with ease and accuracy in any light conditions with true-to-life colors. Video capabilities in Xperia XZ now include 4K recording and enhancements to our best-in-class SteadyShot® technology that deliver the most stable videos with the world’s first 5-axis video stabilization in a smartphone.
Beyond the camera and video advancements, Xperia XZ features an updated stereo dual microphone system with integrated noise cancellation to ensure that the immersive 3D stereo sound quality and reduced background noise match the outstanding 4K video quality. All of these features, along with a 5.2-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 Full HD display and a stunning loop surface design inspired by a monolithic form made with ALKALEIDO™ metal, gives you a stylish, durable and powerful smartphone loaded with the latest in audio-visual innovation from Sony.
For those who prefer a compact smartphone, Xperia X Compact brings the same state-of-the-art camera, video and audio capabilities in a compact design that fits great in your pocket, purse or bag, as well as in your hand. Boasting a durable 4.6-inch Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 HD 720p TRILUMINOS™ display, Xperia X Compact also boasts the world’s first 5-axis video stabilization with fully enhanced SteadyShot image stabilization technology, allowing users to record smoother videos on the move or close up.