Sony have announced their latest smartphone at IFA. The Xperia XZ and the camera is definitely the main selling point with a mega 23 MP, 1/2.3” image sensor. Thanks to triple image sensing technology and a something Sony call a ‘Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, it should make it seriously hard to take blurry pictures. Sony are well known for their cameras and their focus remains strong with an understanding that capturing our fast-passed lives requires a quick capture at any time. From launch to capture, its ready to go in just 0.6 seconds.
Inside the 5.2″ Full HD 1080p display, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 64-bit processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC which should be good for serious mobile gamers as well as capturing and editing those high resolution images. There’s expandable storage and with 23MP photos, you’re likely to need a lot, so Sony included a microSD slot that handles up to 256 GB cards.
The phone in terms of design isn’t exactly bleeding edge, its a clean plate of glass with curved edges, but hey the Nokia’s had that 5 years ago. The phone is 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm and tips the scale 161 grams.
If you’re phone makes it through the duration of a 2 year contract without a smashed screen, it’ll likely be the battery that motivates you to upgrade. Sony explains in one of their promotional videos that they’re actually solving this problem. They say that Lithium-ion hates being trickle charged when already at 100% charge (like what happens on your bedside table everynight. To avoid the chemical breakdowns caused by this recharge routine, the Xperia XZ will take note of your behaviour over time. It’ll bounce off things like the time you take it off charge in the monring and create a charge cycle that means its only charged to 100% just before you wake. This is smart and watch for other manufacturers to follow suit.
The Android-powered phone features the new USB type-C connector but somehow, those geniuses at Sony engineering have manage to preserve a headphone port at the top of the device.. how do they do it ?
There’s no local pricing yet, but check out Sony’s site to register your interest if the Xperia XZ takes your eye and steals your heart.