Sony completes its Xperia range X with his new Xperia XZ a top of the range that is complementary to Xperia X Performance with which it shares much of the hardware features. Increases a little ‘the diagonal of the display, changes the deisgn, comes the Type-C USB port but there are still some problems that we had found on Xperia X Perfomance . I’ll explain everything in our review.
Hardware, Materials and Ergonomics
Let’s start with the design, completely renovated, features a plastic profile and a metal back that Sony called ALKALEIDO with an insert, always in plastic, on the lower part. The edges are slightly rounded, and you go to join perfectly to Glass Gorilla Glass that protects the front. Despite the size not particularly limited Xperia XZ is still comfortable to use and is also resistant to water and dust with IP65 / 68 certification.
On the top and bottom are placed the 3.5mm audio jack, the microphones and Type-C USB 2.0 port that provides support OTG . Side are the power button with integrated biometric sensor, buttons for adjusting the volume, again placed a bit ‘too low in my opinion, and a double stroke button for the camera. The side drawer houses a SIM card in nano size and a microSD to expand the built-in memory 32GB du where just under 12GB are occupied by applications and system files. The microSD can not be set as the default write disk.
The rear camera is the same that we have seen on Xperia X Compact . The sensor used is a 23-megapixel Exmor RS wide-angle G lens with 24mm F2.0 aperture, stabilization of digtiale picture 5-axis and made intuitive hybrid auto focus. Next to the LED flash is a laser sensor for focusing and a RGBC-IR sensor (RedGreenBlueClear-InfraRed) that detects the temperature of the ambient light to better adjust the white balance.
The front camera is 13 megapixels always with Exmor RS sensor, F2.0 aperture and 22 mm wide-angle lens. In addition to the light sensors is near, at the front there are also an RGB notification light emitting diodes with the NFC chip and dual stereo speakers.
More news Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm Weight: 161 g SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 Processor: 2×2.15 & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo Kryo GHz Graphics Processor: Qualcomm Adreno 530, 624 MHz RAM: 3 GB 1866 MHz internal memory: 32 GB memory cards: microSD Display: 5.2-inch, IPS, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 424 ppi Battery: 2900 mAh Sitema OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Camera: 23MP rear and 13mp front SIM card: Nano-SIM Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA USB: 2.0, Type-C Bluetooth: 4.2 Navigation: GPS, A- GPS, GLONASS
Here again we find a Xperia XZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 820 a quad-core 64-bit Kryo with production process to 14nm and GPU Adreno 530. the 3GB RAM memory are well-managed and allow us to keep active in the background a good amount of applications. Under temperature stress starts to get a little ‘feel on the back, next to the camera, even if you never exceed 40 ° / 43 °. And the camera may become difficult or even impossible to use if you are reached these higher temperatures, perhaps after a gaming session. irresolvable problem even using third parties for handling the camera applications.
In general, however, the performance is high as confirmed by some benchmark, however, I noticed sporadic slowdowns interface and the fluidity in the scroll of web pages using Chrome, the only standard browser. The applications are usually very quick opening and more challenging games can be played with high framerate. The front speakers have good audio quality but the volume is not particularly high .
For this XZ Xperia, Sony has decided to use a panel with full HD resolution, a choice that while it may seem sensible in terms of consumption, the other could turn up their noses at those who would like to see in a top of a display with higher resolution range. This IPS Triluminos has a density of 424ppi and uses a RGB matrix.
in addition to a wide viewing angle and excellent vision in the light of the sun, of this panel, I particularly appreciated the blacks, almost comparable to those of an AMOLED, which allow you to always have a high contrast. In contrast, the colors are not heavily loaded even if we can make them a bit ‘more lively through settings. Do not miss the opportunity to also adjust the white balance and set off a glove mode. to turn off and turn on the display we can perform a double tap.
Battery, Audio and Reception
The battery is a 2900 mAh with technology Quick charge Qnovo Adaptive charging that based on usage, allows you to control and adjust the battery charging to maximize battery life over time. It ‘also supported Quick Charge QuickCharge 3.0 Qualcomm but only via optional charger.
Good but not particularly high autonomy. With heavy use, in fact, they are on average managed to cover 12/14 hours use on about 3 hours and a half of the active display. the classic Sony STAMINA power saving systems that increase autonomy in case of necessity limiting, of course, some features, connectivity and performance can definitely be helpful .
Xperia XZ supports LTE networks in Cat.9. Good but not great reception of the cellular network signal. No problem with the Wi-Fi, dual band and support ac protocol and DLNA certified . It lacks the FM radio. Sony has also eliminated the convenient answering machine we’ve seen on other Xperia X. Do not miss the Remote Play which allows for remote playback of PlayStation 4.
Through earbud volume is high and has a good quality even if it seems a bit ‘rumble. Hands-free audio plays only through the lower speaker who has a quality not particularly high and also a volume a bit ‘low.
The operating system it is Android in version 6.0.1 with customized UI from Sony . Expected in the next few months to upgrade to Nougat.
There is much dwell on the interface since the functions are virtually the same cha we have now seen on all the latest Sony Xperia. E ‘can choose “reasons”, change in size and appearance of the icons, transition effects, and research applications also on the play store making a swipe down (it would be also useful universal search).
The app drawer can also be sorted by name or date of installation, and you can also customize the shortcuts in the drop-down notification where there is also a slide for adjusting the backlight. There is the ability to manage multiple users.
The standard keyboard is the Swiftkey very customizable and feed sound and vibration.
Camera and Multimedia
The camera interface can be managed through swipe to switch to another shooting mode. Besides being able to take pictures in automatic mode with scene recognition we also have a manual mode with separate adjustments. The maximum photo resolution is 23 megapixels in 4: 3. In 16: 9, it drops to 20 megapixels. Using a 2 to 8 megapixel resolution, you can choose from several preset scenes. The videos have maximum 4K resolution in addition to the FHD 30 and 60fps. Not missing several filters, some preloaded, others installed via Play Store.
Although the photo quality is in line with that seen on Xperia X Compact. The shots are more than fair failing to substantially keep the details in good condition quality lighting without degrading much when conditions become more difficult. In all the shots, however, there is always a persistent background noise that you notice when we carry out the crop and also an effect “lens flare” quite marked in certain circumstances. The colors are natural, not overly saturated, and the white balance is usually accurate as the HDR is well balanced. Very beautiful and detailed the pictures captured by the front camera.
Excellent video quality, smooth, detailed and with a good quality stereo sound and accurate stabilization.
To complete the discussion of the multimedia sector, even on this Xperia XZ we find the excellent Sony applications for managing music and Video. The sound quality via the stereo speakers is clean but lacks the lower tones and with a volume not particularly high. Through settings we can improve the quality of compressed music files, equalize the sound and activate a surround effect. Xperia XZ also supports LDAC technology that allows for better streaming quality via the Bluetooth compatible accessories.
Xperia XZ sells for 699 EUR . Also in this case we are faced to a high list price which makes it less palatable compared to several competitors from even superior characteristics. Those attempting the purchase can hope for a street price online that can make it a little ‘more competitive.
Among the strong points of this Xperia XZ’ll put the build quality, resistance to water and dust, simple user interface and functional, without excelling, the photo and video quality.
Among the other hand, in addition to the high list price, the volume of the stereo speakers is not particularly high and overheating under stress which prevents us from using the camera. Would have been appreciated a battery capable of ensuring greater autonomy.
Build quality Ergonomics simple and functional user interface Quality photos and videos water and dust resistance not high volume stereo speakers Heating prevents camera use Regular high RATING: 8.3
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