Hands-on with the Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact [VIDEO]


Sony’s switch from Xperia Z to Xperia X is now official. The Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact have been announced at IFA 2016. We got our hands on this new generation of Xperia devices. Let’s take a look at what Sony has to offer.

Sony Xperia XZ

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Apparently, Sony isn’t ready to fully give up on the “Z” name. The Xperia XZ is the new close-to-flagship device. It has a 5.2-inch display with 1080p resolution. Inside is a Snapdrago 820 processor and 3GB of RAM. Other notable specs include 23MP camera, 2,900 mAh battery, and IP68 dust and water proof.

The design of the XZ is similar to what Sony has been doing for years, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The display curves around the sides and to the back to create a seamless edge. The XZ comes in a new “Forest Blue” color (a.k.a. Navy Blue). The interesting thing about the design is the “ALKALEIDO” material Sony is using. Essentially, it’s a fancy piece of aluminum, but it feels very nice.

Sony Xperia X Compact

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The Compact is, as you would expect, a mini version of the Xperia XZ. It has the same wrap-around display and design. Instead of the fancy “ALKALEIDO” material, the Compact is made from plastic that they call “ceramic inspired.” The good thing about using plastic is the Compact doesn’t have the antenna strip across the back.

In terms of specs, we’re looking at a 4.6-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB of RAM, 23MP camera, and 2,700 mAh battery. It’s not quite as powerful as the XZ, but it’s no slouch either. The camera is identical to the XZ, which will make a lot of people happy. Overall, it’s a nice compact device.

Both devices will be launching in October. Expect the Xperia XZ to cost around €700, while the Compact should be around €500. No word on whether these devices will make it to the U.S.

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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