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Call Quality


Sony Xperia XZ Review

Call quality is fine, but not excellent on the Xperia XZ. Voices through the earpiece sound a bit muffled and lacking in clarity, but not to the point where it’s hard to discern what your caller is saying, and they get sufficiently loud.

The experience on the other end of the line is similar: slightly muffled and lacking in clarity, but again, not terrible.

Battery life

Will last a full day as most phones these days, but re-charge times are quite slow

Sony Xperia XZ Review

The Sony Xperia XZ features a non-removable 2,900 mAh battery. Sony made it clear that it is introducing some clever tricks to keep it healthy in the long run by preventing it from overcharging and damaging its chemistry. However what most users will be really interested in is actual battery life in daily use.

That's why we put it through its paces in our standardized battery test that puts all phones on equal playing ground: we set their screens at 200 nits of brightness, a level comfortable for indoor use, and run a custom script that measures typical phone use with no off-screen time. So how much did the Xperia XZ score?

Don't expect miracles: its 2,900mAh batteries scored a good, but not great 6 hours and 41 minutes, practically on par with the Samsung Galaxy S7 with Snapdragon. While not outstanding, the Xperia XZ battery still lasted longer than the one on the LG G5 and Nexus 5X, but less than the battery of the iPhone 6s.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ 6h 41 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 7h 18 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
LG G5 5h 51 min (Average)
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Good)
Huawei P9 6h 51 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5X 6h 25 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6P 6h 24 min (Average)
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Another interesting thing we test is charge times: how much does it take to fully recharge the phone from 0 to 100% using the wall charger and cable provided in the box?

In the case of the Xperia XZ, there is a 5V 1.5A (7.5-watt) wall charger and a USB-C cable provided. As you can see, this is no quick charger with such a low power output, so expectations for fast recharging were not high, but it was quite a shock to see such a slow charge.

It took us nearly three hours to fully charge the Xperia XZ! The exact charge time stood at 2 hours and 54 minutes, more than that of all modern phones.

Charge time test

Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Sony Xperia XZ 174
Apple iPhone 7 141
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
Apple iPhone 6s 150
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 99
Samsung Galaxy S7 88
LG G5 76
HTC 10 100
Huawei P9 146
Google Nexus 5X 100
Google Nexus 6P 89
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So there you have it, the Sony Xperia XZ scores in the middle of the pack in terms of battery life, and it is annoyingly slow to recharge.

Sony, however, has pointed out that slow charging might come with some benefits. Sony is introducing a new smart charging option in the Xperia XZ. With nightly charges, what happens is that the battery remains plugged in long after it's fully charged and this continuous trickle charge is stressful to a battery cell and makes it degrade faster. Sony's clever trick here is that it learns that you usually wake up at, say, 7am, and it would stop charging the battery at night when it reaches around 90%, and will only resume charging closer to your wake-up time. This way, you still wake up with a fully charged battery, but the damage from excessive charging is avoided.

All of this hopefully should mean that battery health will remain excellent in the long run, but for users looking for the daily charging results, the score is really nothing to write home about.

Conclusion


Frankly, we’re perplexed by the price of the Sony Xperia XZ: it's sold at a whopping $700 in the United States. We expect this price to quickly go down in the coming few months, but right now, it looks less competitive than the Samsung Galaxy S7 that you can get for $100 less, the futuristic Galaxy S7 Edge available at around the same price, and the outstanding iPhone 7 for $50 less.

Sony Xperia XZ Review

The Xperia XZ has some things going for it: it has stylish looks and a clean design, it’s conveniently water-proof and features properly positioned dual front-firing speakers. However, there are just so many places where it falls short, especially compared to the strong competition: its display features bluish and not properly balanced colors, it sometimes stutters, it has a fairly scarce 20GB of user-available storage space, its camera is slow and often counter-intuitive, with images and videos that are not on the same level as the ones from iPhones and Galaxies, it lacks quick charging and in the United States it even ships without a fingerprint scanner.

For $50 less, you can get the excellent Apple iPhone 7 that delivers the same waterproofing, but also an exquisite body, an amazing camera and outstanding, smooth performance. For $100 less, you can get the also superior Galaxy S7 with its more compact design and excellent camera.



Pros

  • Stylish design with good-looking and original color selection
  • Water-proof
  • Dual front-firing speakers
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Counter-intuitive camera interface
  • No fingerprint scanner in the US
  • Colors on the display are not properly balanced, appear bluish
  • Expected to ship with Android 6 in times when Android 7 Nougat phones enter the market
PhoneArena rating:
7 Good
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posted on 23 Sep 2016, 09:07 20

5. maherk (Posts: 4614; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


7? Lol
This should have atleast received a score of 8, but sadly it is made by Sony and not Apple, so that's an automatic 1 point reduction.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 16:04 6

38. buccob (Posts: 2627; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I wonder if they review an exact replica of this one, only brandless. it would probably get a 9

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 20:36 4

41. 0kax0el0 (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


For fair comparition add 1 point to the score of every android phone, 2 in case of Sony.

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 00:18 8

56. cheee (Posts: 50; Member since: 11 Jul 2016)


accept it sony are the worst among android .

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 02:15 1

57. Mahesh_K (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 May 2016)


Phonearena is so obsessed with iPhone 7 that they couldn't think any number other than 7! Sony will have to wait till launch of iPhone 9 to get a 9 pointer. ;-)

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 02:16 5

58. Mahesh_K (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 May 2016)


First use it & then blabber.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 09:22

8. ryq24 (Posts: 763; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I have yet to read a good review of this phone. So disappointed.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 09:23 1

9. pyradark (Posts: 881; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


This time I can't blame them, no fingerprint is minus. 5 from Z5 series and of course the display

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 09:24 20

10. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 1749; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


The cons are ridiculous:

1- You can use other camera apps.
2- The world is a big place you don't have to be in the U.S.
3- You can change the white balance in the settings.
4- most other OEMs ship with Android 6.0 so why is this a con?

PA ratings are questionable.

posted on 25 Sep 2016, 01:10 2

53. AmashAziz (Posts: 962; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


You yourself seem to know and understand why they are cons, but want to talk sony's side just to protect their reputation.

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 02:19

59. Mahesh_K (Posts: 9; Member since: 28 May 2016)


Those who use Xperia regularly don't find the camera app cumbersome. Get out of iPhone mode please.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 09:26 3

11. zarkonj (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


Again this typical PA unprofessionalism (hopefully I got that right :-)).
In the coclusion they wrote: "it lacks quick charging "
This is so wrong. The XZ does support QC3.0! Only the included wall charger doesn't. Which is stupid from Sony. But the way PA writes it is very confusing.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 09:43 5

14. pyradark (Posts: 881; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


They didn't even try the 5 axis thing stabilization in video mode, they just state it as shaky!! Im impressed

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 10:51 1

21. johnh3 (Posts: 98; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I did some research here in Sweden. The "basic" small iPhone 7 with 32 GB are actually more expensive than the Sony Xperia XZ. And Sony include some quite expensive headphones if you pre-order it.

I dont know how it are in other markets. But I think Sony UK have a similar deal to. Overall I think the Sony basicly are in same level at the other flagships atleast in Europe where the fingerprint sensor working.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 11:41 1

23. centino (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Sep 2016)


You can adjust Xperia display white balance or temperature as good as iPhone display !!.

Learn it.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 12:24

24. Kumar123 (unregistered)


This phone is better than a certain low quality low class korean phone maker whose phone is exploding left and right. LOL. The design of XZ is unique although I would like to see a smaller bazel then again it has front facing stereo speaker so i guess that covers it. Still this design with smaller bazel and slimmer body let's say less than 7mm would be stunning. People should buy this phone over some exploding phones. Better safe than sorry.

BTW, I like the review. I think 7 is a good score for this phone.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 12:36

28. Kumar123 (unregistered)


I wonder when Sony will be serious with their camera. They give the latest sensor tech to their rival whereas they use years old sensor for their own flagship phone. They seriously need to use a new sensor for their flagship phone.

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 06:06

60. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 217; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Major OEM's like Samsung & Apple design their own sensors. As Sony has one of the best foundries to manufacture camera sensors in the world, they opt Sony to produce it. Sony cannot sell these sensors to other vendors like LG, Xiaomi etc neither it can use it in its own phones.

Other Sensors like IMX298 which is Sony designed, you can see these in many flagships like One+ 3, Mi5 etc. Also sony designed IMX300 for XZ.

There is a difference between design & manufacturing and only Manufacturing..

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 14:50

63. AmashAziz (Posts: 962; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


Who told you Apple designs their own sensors? And from what I know sony uses its own sensors in its phones.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 12:30

25. jellmoo (Posts: 1922; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


7 should be for the international model. The US model should score lower.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 12:32 2

27. Andrewtst (Posts: 667; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I download full photo check, totally agree with PhoneArena, still can't compare with Samsung, Apple, LG or even HTC.

The photos this time is extreme over sharpening, the smudge oil painting issue still there which make details is gone even sharp. The side still blur out like Z5.

Really not an improvement and still far behind.

posted on 24 Sep 2016, 22:19

51. centino (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Sep 2016)


Just compare it at same resolution dude.

Downscale 23Mpx to 16Mpx or 12Mpx and compare it with the other brand.

100% image comparesion is unnecessary because you not use the photo at 100% crop.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 13:15 2

29. reza76 (Posts: 8; Member since: 15 Jul 2016)


Sony never change . I m not surprise about bad results from xz camera. Same camera aprature will be result in same image quality. Noisy and blur images in xperia phone is papular. Why sony men can not undrestand these simple points? 700 $ for this phone???

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 14:13 1

62. Kino2x (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


Agree! Many marketing with RGB sensors, laser autofocus, bla-bla-bla, and again crappy blurred edges, black shadows, objects distortion, poor low-light performance... I have not see changes with the old Xperia Z1..) The same crap, for 700$ :((

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 15:49 4

36. syam7863 (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Sep 2016)


Its ok for iPhone not to have quick charge but its a con for Sony to support quick charge but does not provide the charger?
Well, i think PA should change their scoring scheme by having minus marks, esp for the brand that they hate the most, Sony. The should've given -6 score for this phone. Pffftttt.
XZ is not a perfect phone. But please PA, be professional and give credit where credit is due.

posted on 27 Sep 2016, 06:32 1

61. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 217; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


+1 Bruhh.. Completely agree with you here..

iPhone 7 - 1900Mah takes 140+ mins to charge its not a Con..
Xperia XZ - 2900Mah takes 170+ mins & its a big Con.. Woww PA Grow up

posted on 06 Nov 2016, 09:43

74. King_bilo (Posts: 112; Member since: 20 May 2015)


Same size as iphone 7+ battery which takes even longer to charge!!!

So i headed over to the iphone review to see if they said anything about the incredibly long charging time on the IP7+. Not a f**king peep.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 20:57

42. TrackPhoneUser (Posts: 244; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)


Price makes it a 7 really

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 21:07

43. 0kax0el0 (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


We all know that phonearena like to praise certain brands, while making a joke of others.

And I know that Xperia phones usually aren't the best out there. I've been able to test out many, many phones in these last 5 years, and thoug Sony isn't my favorite brand I haven't been more comfortable with a phone than with the Xperia Z2, even after buying the S7 edge.

I don't need an ultra slim or ultra light phone or a curved screen or a ultra pocketable phone. Need a phone that can get or send files, when I'm in a basement with no cellular signal, a phone where I can watch singing lessons and TV series when I'm on the go, a sturdi phone that doesn't feel like it's gona break just by seeing it.

iPhones are good phones, but not the tool I need, Galaxys are regular phones (at best, even with this new premium glass-glass design), and not the quality we deserve.

posted on 23 Sep 2016, 21:27 5

44. dirky (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


This site is unquestionably biased. Look at the pros. Expandable storage has been there since sony ericssons'.. Same goes to waterproofing. So many pros of this phone that should have been mentioned. And the cons are ridiculous. Only a blind man wouldn't see that you are a bunch of paid reviewers. I now conclude how afraid the competitions are to sony. They don't compete fairly. This phone is undeniably stunning. This review is CRAP.

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Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ

OS: Android 7.1 7.0 6.0
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Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera23 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo processor
3 GB RAM
Size5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches
(146 x 72 x 8.1 mm)
5.68 oz  (161 g)
Battery2900 mAh, 11.7 hours talk time

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