Sony’s “new crown jewel” has arrived surprisingly soon after the ambitiously named but overpriced and underwhelming Xperia X Performance, barely increasing the screen size by 0.2 inches, and thus signaling it’s not meant to complement the 5-incher as the Galaxy Note 7 does for the S7.
It wants to replace it, and ideally make you forget all about it, launching on October 23 stateside at an as-yet unannounced price point. The missing piece of the Xperia XZ puzzle is clearly the most important one, with plenty of significant upgrades in tow to perhaps warrant a $500 purchase.
Not a penny more, as the 5.2-inch Sony Xperia XZ still caps off at 1080p display resolution and 3GB RAM, while the already impressive 23MP rear-facing camera actually gets the bulk of notable improvements.
Triple image sensing technology, “predictive hybrid autofocus”, 4K video recording, you name it, the XZ’s no-blur main snapper can pull it off. The “uncluttered design” might just be Sony’s best yet, high-purity “ALKALEIDO” metal included, and there’s of course USB Type-C connectivity finally on deck as well.
Also, a hard-to-bump 13MP selfie shooter, water-resistant exterior, slimmer 8.1mm profile, slightly beefier 2,900mAh battery with adaptive charging, Snapdragon 820 processing power, and 32/64GB storage options, expandable via microSD. Enough to put Sony back on the flagship map? We’ll see.