Sony Xperia XZ Review Roundup

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On October 2016, Sony launched the Xperia flagship Sony Xperia XZ, which is the last mobile phone of Sony in this year. The new flagship contains the merits of the former models and some new features. The device configures the old features, including the waterproof, fingerprint sensor, 3GB RAM and etc. What’s new? Xperia XZ is the first phone which adapts the 5-axis stabilization system and the triple image sensing technology.

5-axis stabilization system can stabilize five directions, including the X and Y axes, yaw, pitch and roll. The camera can keep stable even the user shakes the phone. However, this unique feature is only available in recording HD video.

The triple image sensing technology constitutes predictive hybrid AF, laser AF and RGB infrared sensor. These sensors help to capture image in different environments.

Can the flagship help Sony to undercut the rivals in the smartphone market? Let see the review roundup, which combine the opinions of different professional reviewers.

Forbes recommends this latest flagship of Sony. The reviewer mentioned the reasons why the flagship is worth to buy.

Sony’s decades of camcorder building really shows in the XZ’s 5-axis stabilization, which Sony has transported over from its DSLR, the A7 II. What that means is that the XZ can shoot oddly smooth video, even with exaggerated movements […]

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Sony has added some extra bulk to the excellent Z5 camera. It’s largely the same 23MP Exmor RS sensor, but with new focussing abilities. The new laser autofocus and the predictive hybrid autofocus (which tracks movement and predicts where the subject will be when the picture is taken) work jointly for a faster focussing speed. Sony’s claiming that the XZ’s camera can focus in 0.03 seconds […]

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Charging to your phone from 0% to 100% can damage the battery and reduce its overall life.However, many people leave their phones plugged in overnight, powering up the battery to the max. Sony is trying to combat this with its Battery Care feature […] For example, if you leave your XZ in to charge overnight, Battery Care will only charge your device to 90% before you wake up.”

Recombu mentioned the comparison between Xperia XZ and iPhone7 in different features. The reviewer said it is difficult to determine which is better. These two sexy phones can fulfil different customers’ needs.

Sony’s Xperia XZ flagship was announced a week before the iPhone7 and is just as sexy, boasting a fresh new Alkeleido metal design that’s impressively hardy. Fair enough, the Xperia is a bit of a handful and definitely not as easy to use one-handed as the dinkier iPhone7. But those curvy edges and the slender build still means it’s comfortable to clutch […]

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You get a fingerprint sensor with both handsets too, for improved security. But only the Xperia XZ boasts expandable storage via a microSD memory card slot; with the iPhone7, you’re stuck with the on-board storage.

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The Xperia XZ’s Full HD 5.2-inch screen is just as strong as the iPhone7’s 4.7-inch Retina panel […]

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If you want to attach a pair of wired headphones, however, you’ll need to use Apple’s fiddly adapter with the iPhone 7; the 3.5mm jack is missing in action. Sony’s Xperia XZ not only has a jack, but also boasts support for Hi-Res audio, for true audiophiles.”

Pocket-lint compared the Xperia XZ, S7 and S7 edge in different parts, including design, display, camera, hardware and etc. The reviewer thinks that the performance of the new Sony’s flagship is not sufficient enough to compete with its rivals.

“The Galaxy S7 measures 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm and weighs 152g, while the S7 edge measures 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm and weighs 157g. This means the S7 is smaller and slimmer than the Xperia XZ, while the S7 edge is larger but still slimmer and offers a more exciting curved design than both the Xperia XZ and the Galaxy S7.

The Sony Xperia XZ comes with a 5.2-inch display and a Full HD resolution, meaning a pixel density of 424ppi […] The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a slightly smaller 5.1-inch flat display, ups the resolution to Quad HD and offers Super AMOLED technology. This means its pixel density sits at 577ppi for sharper and crisper images than what the Xperia XZ, as well as the potential for brighter and more vibrant colours […]

The Sony Xperia XZ has a 23-megapixel rear camera with two supporting sensors for colour and depth of vision, coupled with a 13-megapixel front camera […] The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge both feature a 12-megapixel rear camera, coupled with a 5-megapixel front camera. The rear has optical image stabilisation, along with phase detection autofocus and both the front and rear deliver excellent results.”

Expertreviews said that the XZ flagship is more extraordinary than competitors in some parts, like speed, screen and battery life. However, the reviewers also said the flagship can’t undercut rivals due to the expensive price.

“The design might not be to everyone’s tastes, but the good news is that Sony’s IPS screen technology remains first-class […] It might not look quite as saturated as Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens on the S7 and S7 Edge, but colours are beautifully rich and vibrant. Videos, in particular, look fantastic.

Indeed, Sony’s version of Android 6.0.1 felt silky smooth on the XZ, and web browsing was equally quick, showing few signs of stutter – even on pages laden with dozens of images […] This is faster than Samsung’s S7 and S7 Edge as well as the LG G5.

The Xperia XZ has enough stamina to go the distance. Its 2,900mAh battery lasted an impressive 14hrs 32mins in our continuous video playback test with the screen set to our predefined brightness level of 170cd/m2. That puts it ahead of the LG G5 and HTC 10, but it’s still some way behind the S7S7 Edge and OnePlus 3, all of which last several hours longer.”

To conclude, the Xperia XZ has its extraordinary features, including 5-axis stabilization system and triple image sensing technology. However, the flagship is quite expensive. Well, new technology is always expensive, isn’t it?

Reference:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jaymcgregor/2016/09/30/5-reasons-to-buy-sony-xperia-xz/#7b38a3d829a1
https://recombu.com/mobile/article/apple-iphone-7-vs-sony-xperia-xz-which-is-best-specs-features-camera
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/138587-sony-xperia-xz-vs-samsung-galaxy-s7-vs-s7-edge-what-s-the-difference
http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/sony/1405202/sony-xperia-xz-review-fast-gorgeous-and-flawed
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