Do you like the new members of Sony's X-line?

Xperia XZ on the left, X Compact on the right - large or small, take your pick

Xperia XZ on the left, X Compact on the right - large or small, take your pick


Sony took notice of the enhanced competition in Android land this season, and just outed two brand spanking new phones that look very promising, at least on paper and after initial handling. The Xperia XZ and X Compact share the same enhanced 23 MP camera sensor that promises blur-free and color-accurate photos, thanks to the new Laser AF system, and the RGBC-IR color sensor. They also offer 5-axis digital image stabilization during video sessions for the first time in a phone, as well as plenty of manual controls like exposure, shutter speed, or focus points.

The signature Sony chassis has also been reworked to feature the so-called "Unified Design" that seamlessly "loops" the glass front with the metal rear that now features a new ALKALEIDO alloy that is shinier and more pleasant to the touch than other metal handsets becoming ubiquitous these days. Sony also starts using the side-agnostic USB-C connector in its phones for the first time here, and the phones are plenty powerful offering top-shelf or midrange Snapdragon chipsets, with the typical two-day battery life promise from Sony. In addition, the Xperia XZ is also IP68-rated for dancing in the rain or swimming in the pool, and there are some nice stereo sound recording enhancements in the audio department. 

That is why we wanted to ask you if you like what you are seeing in the two new Xperias, and whether you think Sony is on the right track with them. Tell us in the poll below, and shout your arguments in the comment section.

Do you like the new members of Sony's X-line?

I like the Xperia XZ
30.68%
I like the X Compact
8.38%
I like them both
21.4%
Meh, Sony can do better
39.54%


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Xperia XZ
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17.5h 3G talk time)
Xperia X Compact
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2700 mAh(14.1h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Nope. Side note: I can't be the only one who thinks Sony is trolling at this point right? Their mobile division has some serious issues ATM. These phones also resemble my old Nokia phones. Specifically the 920, 925, etc.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

What exactly is wrong with the Xperia XZ? Seems to have improved in areas that needed improvement most.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's redundancy. It's literally the same phone as they released in Q2, so why even bother? And the compact......let's just say Apple is the only company making a mini flagship now. Seriously, need I say more?

6. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Nah, the Xperia XZ is better than the XP in literally every aspect. Terrible choice on announcing a successor 2 months after the XP came on the market, I know, but that atrocity needed to be replaced ASAP. And I'll hold my judgment on the X Compact until I see it's price.

10. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How is it better in every aspect, when the only difference are the 200mah bump in battery, the 0.2" bigger screen, and USB type C. Apart from that, they share the same chipset, same screen technology and resolution, same camera sensors, still at 3gb, and the list goes on and on. I just compared them on gsmarena, and they almost have an identical specs sheet.

16. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

You're forgetting about the new design, laser autofocus, color spectrum sensor, improved microphones, and 5 axis stabilization. Oh, and 4k recording.

41. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

their 2016 Q2 phone didn't record 4K? Now what they will release yet another flagship after 3 months so the 5 axis stabilization works in 4K recording too??

31. sgodsell

Posts: 6644; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Busybody ignore kiko007. He trolls all Android related articles, and has nothing good to say about any Android device.

34. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Just like you do with Apple articles?

38. sgodsell

Posts: 6644; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you actually had any technical knowledge, then you would know that the XZ has a SD 820 which is a flagship. Also the SD 65x processors are using Cortex-A72 cores which are top rated cores, and they are designed to not clocked down when they heat up. So the 65x's will sustain their clock speeds all the time. Also the GPU is rated for a QHD display, yet they are only using a full HD display for the X compact. The same lower resolution display found in the 6/6s plus. Plus the SD 65x processors use dual channel LPDDR ram, which are found on the higher end SD 810 and 820. If you actually looked at some videos in regards to the SD 65x processors, then you would see that there is no lag or slow downs. Search YouTube for the mrmobile Moto Z play. There are other videos on different 65x devices showing the same thing. So you are going to have to troll better than that kiko007.

19. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

SONY DONE-GOOFED! They ruined the power of the Compact by adding a Snapdragon 650... Why Sony? Why not 820? And speaking of which no waterproofing in the same form as last yearr...im ok with the XZ, but prices are gonna let consumers go elsewhere... GG Sony. I had high hopes. I don't know now. I want PA to destroy these phones and give it a 7 or less. With much love from the bottom of my heart.

36. sgodsell

Posts: 6644; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly Qualcomm should have came out with better marketing for their 65x line of processors. They support QHD displays, they are using the new cortex-A72 cores which are designed to not clock down when the SoC heats up. They support QHD displays with their Adreno 510 GPU. Plus they support dual channel LPDDR ram. Look at the Lenovo Phab 2 for example, it can support live AR and VR support for practically any application with a QHD display. So please don't make it sound like it's a mid range processor, especially with those A72 cores.

39. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

well the thing is even if they drive qhd displays they're still midrange

25. Subie

Posts: 2255; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I though of Nokia too after seeing the flat bottom/top and rounded sides.

2. dimas

Posts: 3235; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Yes, I like z3 compact, it runs very smooth and have great battery life. Had it for years and never had a ui crash even in multitasking. What are these xz and x compact thing? And why do they have puny batteries for 2016?

5. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What the heck is going on with Sony? Are they being sabotaged from inside just like Nokia?

7. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

It's a meh for me. Very uninspiring design.

8. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I love it

22. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I kinda like them too. Hope they are for real. A couple of the better phones used in my family were Sony-Errickson, and I wouldn't mind seeing them be a part of the Android equation again.

9. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 2014

Worst thing's probably gonna be the overpricing, as always with Sony

11. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Very unispiring.. Sony has lost touch.

12. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Can't wait to buy this XZ, Ive gsmarena sample shot and im impress with its indoor shots

21. mimicryXD

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

where can u see that sample shots?

27. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Gsmarena

13. hansip87

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

All i ask is Z2 battery but this? man.. Yeah maybe the camera is good now, but that's seldomly used by me. All i want is 40% battery after a full day use. Is that such a hard job Sony?

33. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

With my Z5 Premium I unplug at 7 AM have 4 emails synching, watch 2-3 hours of streaming video news over AT&T network, check Facebook for about .5 hours a few calls and texts. I plug it back in at midnight and still not below 15%. And this is on an Android version without Sony's battery saving techniques which are better than the built-in ones.

35. romeo1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Z2 batterylife wasn't as good as the z3. And the 820 is more efficient so the 2900mah should be really good.

14. harsa27

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

make your own phone like you want that makes you satisfy. you always criticize sony but never do on samsung.

15. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Them corners gonna have your palms bleeding by the end of the day

17. afzalzainal

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Love it

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