Sony has unveiled their new flagship smartphones in Berlin today, the Xperia XZ and the Xperia Compact. The company has stated that convenience and spontaneity are the main aims for these new releases, as they continue to spread their wings to every corner of the technology world.
Expanding into the mobile market, the Xperia series is already proving to be fairly successful. With a focus on daily life needs, they put a ton of effort into the camera. Unsurprising, given the past products under the Sony banner, where media has always been king.
But do they match up against the Apple brand, their most obvious contender?
Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact Tech Specs
As said before, camera function have been cited as the big news here. They can capture up to 23 megapixels, which is undeniably impressive. The front facing cameras on both phones are a full 13 megapixels, so even video chatting will be clear and crisp. The camera also offer advanced features like color and distance sensors, superior shutter speed, and Predictive Hybrid AF.
But what about the phones themselves?
The Xperia XZ has a 5.2″ screen, at 1080 x 1920. The Compact is the same, only on a 5″ screen, making it very close to the same size. The difference is that while the XZ runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, the Compact hosts the Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650. So the “compact” in the name seems to be in performance more than inches.
Both take microSD chips to add to their 32 or 64 bit storage options. This already puts them ahead of Apple’s iPhone models, which limit storage without expansion, and are now removing other features like the audio headphone jack. Traditionalists like me will always appreciate the Sony way.
Not bad. Sony is a good brand, and they have shown themselves capable in the new tech department again and again. Their releases are less likely to be buggy or require sudden recanting of features like some other guys (ahem, Microsoft).
These phones are solidly built, have good specs, and are great in you use cameras in your every day life. For someone like me who Skypes for both work and personal reasons, it makes a great change to have access to such a high quality camera in their phone.
I am not a huge fan of the sharp rectangle design and how thin it is, but if that is your thing you should be happy. The Xperia Compact hits shelves September 25, and the Xperia XZ will follow on October 23.