We last left Sony feeling fairly underwhelmed. The Xperia X Performance was priced in the upper tier of premium flagships, but felt like a step behind the competition.

Moving forward, it would seem the Xperia XZ is aiming to address some of the concerns we had with our last experience using a Sony flagship. To be sure, this isn’t a radical departure from the Xperia line we were familiar with, but we’ll be happy if these small adjustments represent actual progress.

Sony still uses a 1080p display, now a tiny bit larger at a 5.2″ diagonal, and the rest of the tech specs will be familiar. A Qualcomm 820 runs the phone, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. A 13MP selfie camera sits next to the bookending stereo speakers on the front face, and the rear camera is a 23MP shooter on a 1/2.3″ sensor. The battery also gets a small bump over last year’s phone to 2,900mAh.

Kicking off our coverage, here’s our first look at this new premium priced handset.

Sony XPERIA XZ First Impressions: The Real Sony Flagship?

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