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Sony Xperia XZs Hands On and First Impressions

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Despite lagging in smartphone sales, Sony continues to offer good quality smartphones. We’ve seen very impressive craftsmanship and excellence in build quality from Sony ¬†which we like. In the Philippines, Sony continues to have a following mainly because of the camera and Sony has a reputation that makes the best camera sensors for a smartphone.

And now we have its 2017 flagship, the Sony Xperia XZs which is a slight update from the 6-month old Xperia XZ. Let’s take a closer look.

Sony Xperia XZs specs:

  • Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Adreno 530 graphics
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 19 megapixel rear facing camera with PDAF, laser autofocus and LED flash
  • 13 megapixel front facing camera f/2.0 aperture
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB Type C, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,900 mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Price: P39,990

DESIGN

Sony continues to stick with its design for more than 4 years now since the first Xperia Z. It is very rectangular with sharp edges and it can stand on its own. It feels so good holding it thanks to its soft touch metal finish at the back. It is indeed very elegant to look at and you can proudly place it beside the iPhone 7, the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 and people will know its an Xperia.

DISPLAY

The 5.2-inch display may be too small for 2017 standards since many of its competitors have gone big. The screen is still gorgeous in Full HD. It can’t support VR though it is very viewable under direct sunlight.

SOFTWARE

What we like most with Sony is it is very keen on Android updates. Sony was one of the first who seeded Android 7.0 Nougat update on its products like the Xperia XZ, Xperia X devices of last year and even Xperia Z5 which is a 2015 model. Sweet! If you buy a Sony smartphone, there is always guaranteed updates!

Sony is using stock Android UI for all its devices. Bloatwares are very minimal and you can uninstall them if you want to. Overall operation was very smooth. But comparing it with the older Xperia XZ, there is not much difference in performance. You still get a Snapdragon 820 chipset but RAM is bumped up to 4GB.

Playing games is generally smooth and we never encountered any stutter. Good job Sony!

CAMERA

Here’s the thing with Sony’s cameras. The hardware is good but software is bad. That is according to bigshot international blogs. But we humbly disagree. Actually photos taken from its Superior Auto mode is good. But it can get better when you switch to manual mode. Though the frustrating part here is when you need to capture that moment, you need to ticker the setting first on manual mode.

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The Sony Xperia XZs is a great phone – excellent build quality, great camera hardware, and amazing software experience. We think people should take a look at the Xperia XZs before making a decision. Sometimes, people tend to just look between Apple and Samsung only and forget that there are other great flagship phones out there. Give it a try and you will be happy with it.