A shut­ter­bug’s X-treme dream smart­phone

The Sun (Malaysia) - - TECH TODAY -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.