Sony’s new Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact are devices we’ve already seen this year


Sony took the stage at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany to announce two new flagship handsets: the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact.

Hit the break for details.

Sony doesn’t do much to set its two new handsets apart from the crowd. Not only do they look almost identical to many Xperia-brand smartphones in the past, but internals are a clone of every other Android flagship in 2016. That’s not a bad thing per say as these are what 2016 “standards” are right now, but it certainly doesn’t help Sony break away from being ordinary.

The Xperia XZ sports a 23-megapixel camera paired with what Sony calls “triple image sensing technology.” All of that terminology is, of course, a fancy way to say that it can take great photos.

Sony’s really banking on its camera to make this device stand out. Around the front is a 13-megapixel camera with ISO cranked all the way up to 6400. This helps lighten up photos that are taken in darker areas, but comes at a cost: lower image quality.

With the Xperia XZ, you get a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage and a USB Type-C connector–all fairly ordinary for what we’ve seen in 2016.

Interestingly, Sony has decided to move away from waterproof capabilities found in the Z series, instead opting for water resistance only.


Sony alongside the Xperia XZ launched another device, the Xperia X Compact. You get a less powerful Snapdragon 650 processor and the front camera gets a downgrade to just 5-megapixels.

All in all, the Xperia XZ isn’t that much different from, say, the Galaxy S7.

The Xperia X Compact goes on sale globally this month, with sales of the Xperia XZ opening up globally in October. We’re not quite sure what availability these two handsets will have in the US, but if history repeats itself, you probably won’t see these devices on many carriers, if on any of them at all.

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