The Sony Xperia XZ has a stunning premium feel it it, with laser focus being its biggest selling point. With the Sony Xperia XZ, the company has gone back to offering a device with water and dust resistance, something that was missing in the Xperia X.

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Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ Tech Specs

Display 5.2-inches (1080×1920)
Battery 2900mAh
Storage 32GB/64GB expandable up to 256GB
Waterproof Yes, IP68
CPU Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
Memory 3GB RAM
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual Sim No
Camera 23MP Rear with Laser Focus, 13MP Front
Network LTE
Colours Mineral Black, Platinum, Forest Blue, Deep Pink
Price R12,999

Design

The Sony Xperia XZ still bares the same design as all the Xperia models for the past three years, but there are some notable improvements and changes. For one the back of the Sony Xperia XZ feels great with a new material known as Alkaleido. The Sony Xperia XZ is light and the new material manages to keep the device cooler than the typical metal we have see on the past models. We have highlighted in the past how Xperia devices do tend to get warm, and the  Alkaleido touch helps.

Sony Xperia XZ

The camera sits flush on the back of the Sony Xperia XZ. This adds a sleek feel to the phone, with the flash and laser sensor also flush in the back. The Sony Xperia XZ has a fingerprint sensor on the home button, and the volume up and down button being just below it. The only design issue we had, was the large gaps at the top and the bottom of the device. There is a stereo speaker set at the top and at the bottom, but the waste of space on the front, could have warranted a larger screen.

The Sony Xperia XZ brings back water and dust resistance. The phone also has open ports with the new USB Type C port, and heaphone jack being both water proof without needing to seal the ports. It’s impressive, and a nice move forward as almost every major phone maker in the world now has water proof devices.

Sony Xperia XZ

Performance

The Sony Xperia XZ has some pretty great hardware powering the device. 3GB of RAM, and a decent Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, made sure to keep all the apps running smoothly while multitasking. Gaming was superb too, with both Pokémon GO, and Riptide GP running well on the Sony Xperia XZ. Even graphically intense games like The Room 3, played without any issues at all. It all looked great too, even though the screen is a normal 1080P display, its vibrant colours and deep blacks help give it an upper hand.

Compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, the Sony Xperia XZ’s sound was just as clear, but not as loud as we would have wanted it to be. Sony has simplified its own Android UI, and the Sony Xperia XZ has a great Sony touch to its OS, while still maintaining the Android OS features. The Sony Xperia XZ has a few unwanted apps which can easily be deleted.

Sony Xperia XZ

The battery life on the Sony Xperia XZ is fairly decent, if not great. After a day of heavy use with 60% brightness, it was still on 30% come evening. The Sony Xperia XZ also charges pretty quick, and with Android Quick Charge, it will charge up even faster, if you have the correct charger.

We then have the brand new Laser Focus 23MP camera. It is the highlight of the phone and works extremely well. The sensor lets you focus on moving objects at lightning speed, eliminating the blur when taking action shots. It works very well, and the gorgeous 23MP camera turns photos into gold with its great sensor.

Sony Xperia XZ

Verdict

The Sony Xperia XZ is a massive improvement over the past Xperia X, and Sony can be proud with its new flagship device. The Laser Focus is stunning, and the Sony Xperia XZ has drastic improvements in terms of hardware. If you are an Xperia fan, then the Sony Xperia XZ is the best one yet.

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Sony Xperia XZ Review
The great camera and sleek design, makes the Sony Xperia XZ a must-have this year.
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