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Sony Xpe­ria XZs

An ex­cit­ing fea­ture of the Xpe­ria XZs is that it can record in 960 frames per sec­ond, mean­ing that the smart­phone can record su­per slow mo­tion videos, four times slower than other smart­phones.

PER­FOR­MANCE AND SOFT­WARE

On the in­side, there is a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor with 4GB RAM, work­ing hard to bring a pre­mium ex­pe­ri­ence, with fast In­ter­net brows­ing, gam­ing and mul­ti­task­ing.

For av­er­age us­age, the 2,900 mAh bat­tery is quite de­cent, con­sid­er­ing it lasted a day when I was us­ing it.

The in­built Smart Stam­ina mode re­duces bat­tery con­sump­tion and op­ti­mises your charg­ing to make sure your bat­tery doesn’t run out be­fore the end of the day.

But for avid users who do a lot of record­ing or play­ing games, it may drain faster, but recharg­ing is not a prob­lem, thanks to the Quick Charge tech­nol­ogy where you can have full bat­tery in about two hours.

There is one prob­lem, though, the heat is­sue is an­noy­ing. While the de­vice doesn’t be­come un­bear­ably hot, the warmth at the back is no­tice­able. The same prob­lem ex­ists while us­ing the cam­era for long du­ra­tion as well, which re­sults in the shut­ting down of the app.

For stor­age, the Xpe­ria XZs comes with

Sam­ple pic­tures taken with Sony Xpe­ria XZs.

64GB of mem­ory, which can be topped up fur­ther with the use of a mi­croSD card of up to 256GB.

The Xpe­ria XZs runs the new Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) and comes with Xpe­ria Ac­tions. Xpe­ria Ac­tions learn how you use your phone and then of­fers to man­age your pref­er­ences au­to­mat­i­cally for you.

It’s very use­ful as the phone pays at­ten­tion to the lit­tle things you do by learn­ing and adapt­ing to your pref­er­ences and en­vi­ron­ments ev­ery day and ad­justs its set­tings ac­cord­ingly, like turn­ing on silent

mode when you ar­rive at work.

VER­DICT

The Xpe­ria XZs can def­i­nitely dif­fer­en­ti­ate it­self, thanks to its unique de­sign and cam­era sys­tem. I cer­tainly like the su­per slow-mo­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The Pre­dic­tive Cap­ture is use­ful in some sit­u­a­tions, but I’m not sure if that alone would war­rant its pur­chase.

At RM2,899, the phone is avail­able in Ice Blue, Black, Warm Sil­ver.

Ver­dict: 3.5/5

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