A shutterbug’s X-treme dream smartphone
OVER the last few years, Sony has been quietly making something of a comeback in the smartphone market.
Its much-praised Xperia line has produced several winners that have won over users looking for something to stand out from all the Apple and Samsung devices, and the brand is hoping to do the same with its newest flagship, the Xperia XZ.
At first glance, the Xperia XZ is a gorgeous- l ooking piece of work, with a streamlined metalplastic hybrid unibody design, and a respectable 5.2in Full HD 1080p display. It fits perfectly in the hand, and weighs a trim 161g.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB of RAM. This is enough to handle standard web surfing, video streaming and some moderate gaming, with a non-removeable 2,900mAh battery that lasts you all day.
It even comes with fastcharging, just in case you need that extra boost.
Within, the phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and comes with 64GB onboard storage, with the option to expand to 256GB, via a SIM card slot that also doubles as a microSD card slot.
The Xperia XZ also comes with several features that users have come to expect from modern flagships.
These include a fingerprint sensor located on the power button, a USB Type-C port, NFC connectivity, and a dedicated camera button.
The latter is located on the phone’s right side, along with the power button and volume rocker which doubles as the camera zoom control.
Shutterbugs will also be happy to know that Sony has paid attention to the Xperia XZ’s photo-taking capabilities.
Aside from a respectable 23MP rear camera and a generous 13MP front camera, the device’s biggest advantage is its laser autofocus ( below).
Taking action shots proved to be an interesting and fun affair.
We tested it out on subjects that ran at a light jog, or jumped up and down in place, and the camera managed to capture near crystal-clear images each and every time.
The pictures almost looked like they were taken with a professional camera instead of a smartphone.
Even taken with slightly unsteady hands, pictures still remained clear.
And on still subjects, the camera delivered. Colours were bright and true to life, and with good contrasts.
Night and low-light shots were quite bright and able to capture subjects clearly, with only a minimum blooming effect from artificial lights and candles.
The pictures look especially good on the phone’s crisp display. Although it’s not the sharpest resolution in the market, it is more than adequate for reading and video viewing.
Additionally, like other Xperia flagships, the Xperia XZ is IP68certified, which means it is dustand water-resistant.
So aside from liquid splashes, it can also handle getting caught in the rain, or accidentally being dunked under water.
It comes in a choice of three classy colours – forest blue, mineral black and platinum – and retails at RM2,699.
For those looking for a slightly more affordable option, the Xperia XZ was launched alongside the smaller Xperia X Compact ( RM1,999), but be warned that there will be some compromises on performance.
And if it’s really performance that you’re looking for, the Xperia XZ is definitely bang for your buck.
For more, visit Sony Mobile Malaysia’s website. – Anansa Jacob