Sony Xperia XZ unboxing and first look

The Sony Xperia XZ is the best of Sony in a mobile phone: the new flagship comes with a bang in the form of an evolved design, the familiar water-proofing capabilities, improved camera and a focus on preserving battery health in the long run.

We've just gotten the Xperia XZ in our office to undergo the rigorous testing needed for the full review, but just before that, we've decided to unbox the phone itself and share some of initial hands-on impressions.

The first thing that's striking about the XZ is its design: while it still looks like a sharp rectangle, its sides are now curved in what Sony calls a new 'loop' design, so it's definitely more pleasant to hold. At the same time, the XZ remains fairly chubby for its 5.2" size, as it tips the scales at 161 grams and measures 8.1mm thick (it also feels a bit on the thick side because of the flat back that does not have any curvature).

Under the hood, the Sony Xperia XZ features the top-shelf Snapdragon 820 system chip, as most flagships in 2016. There's 3GB of RAM on board as well, and the base version of the handset has 32GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD cards.

Finally, the big change happens in the camera department, where Sony uses a custom 23-megapixel sensor with 5-axis software stabilization that seems to produce extremely smooth videos and there's also laser auto-focus that speeds up focusing.

Here's what's included in the box with the Sony Xperia XZ:

  • 5V, 1.5A (7.5-watt) wall charger
  • USB-C cable
  • User manual
Stay tuned for our full, in-depth review of the Sony Xperia XZ coming soon.

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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)



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

almost as big as 5.5inch S7edge... and no QC charger?

9. IT-Engineer

Posts: 533; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I dunno why but Sony has the most boring phones and most boring designs across the industry. I opened this article just hoping they would make it more exciting but no use. I would never consider a Sony phone. Come to think of it, after being a Samsung customer since 2010 until my last galaxy the S6. I just changed to a nexus phone and got Nougat after the first start, vanilla and nexus for good. No more Samsung or any other OEM if they don't offer Nexus lineup backed by Google.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7207; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First f all its not almost the same size as Galaxy S7 edge. Also it has stereo speakers, which is something that is missing on every Galaxy device. This phone also supports quick charging. It just doesn't come with one in their box. Although I do have all Nexus devices as well as others. I still like Sony's especially if you own a PS/4. You can play PS/4 games on your Sony smartphone. Plus I always found audio is second to none. And I actually like their displays and Cameras. I kind of like AMOLED better now. After a number of them. But they still have great displays IMO.

23. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Audio is second to none? Pretty sure my Axon 7 speakers will blow it out of the water

28. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

yes, ZTE are making great audio devices... just not "IN the water" like Sony...

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I have to agree with you, did the same thing. You see one Sony device, you seen them all. +1

27. sharafat

Posts: 3; Member since: May 21, 2012

You are so much stupid, blind and cheap person, who does nt. Know about quality, design or standard, may b you are a sponsorshed guy Sony is class and whose base on reseaech Samsung is basically a washer cloth professional In 1935 Read the history

37. tomskytot

Posts: 37; Member since: May 10, 2014

and who doesn't make boring designs? Iphone, Samsung ???

33. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This is the only flagship contender for ip7 and ip7 plus. Hopefully they'll give an unbiased review for this baby but knowing them. They'll give it 6-7.

2. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Switch to AMOLED display made by Samsung already, Sony. Don't be over-optimistic and selfish. Don't be shy to admit that you're not superior to Samsung anymore, just accept the fact. Time changes, everything change, but only Sony doesn't change at all. Its ugly attitude to think that it's still better than Samsung just lead to its downfall.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

IPS is still great, does the job and cost effective too. Why the switch to AMOLED? I cringe everytime I see an AMOLED phone with those blue-green tint and awful whites.

19. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Did you ever had and AMOLED phone? Cause you must be blind not to see the difference between IPS LCD and AMOLED. Effectiveness is also on AMOLED side, not to LCD. Even black isn't black on LCD, so stop trolling. Anyway I like very much Sony XZ and will be my next phone.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Even though they, AMOLED panels, should theoretically use less power, in practice they do not. A high quality LCD is just about as color accurate, and has stable power draw no matter what it is displaying. Say what you want, but I see enough Galaxy S7 and edge types to tell you that something looks very artificial and, I dunno, plastic about those screens. I'm not fond of the cyan color shift when viewing off angles. I can't wait till Apple perfects that screen that uses microLEDs to power a LCD matrix, giving it all of the advantages of an AMOLED save for thinness, and all of the advantages of LCD without the possibility for burn in.

36. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Not only Samsung made phones with AMOLED. Check the quality of Nokia 930, hence if you want check Nokia 808 - still unbeaten champion in contrast. Ohhh, one more thing - Apple do not perfects anything. They are just copycats.

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sorry but, Sony makes its own screens for phones, TVS etc. and Samsung is one their competitors.

20. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

All AMOLED TVs and even LCD are made on SAMSUN matrix. Checked with my own eyes in manufacturing facility in Spain few years ago.

7. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

I didn't see anything in this article which suggests that Sony thinks that? Let's face it Sony are a top brand, whereas Samsung's roots are a value copycat brand. It's the same in China, where the device manufacturers there are making nice phones but they blatantly copy Apple, and Samsung in some cases. At least Sony has it's own design, and it's own way of doing things....oh and as far as I'm aware, their phones don't explode!!

26. flow280

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2016

That's exactly the problem with Sony. Their stubbornness to adapt to the changing market is leading them to a fate like Blackberry's. Let's face it, Sony, despite their past innovations, is not a top brand anymore.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, Sony should use some Samsung tech. That would be the bomb.

34. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

If Amoled came in rgb along with reduced burn in potential then I agree. If it's pentile matrix, eww no thanks especially at 1080p. Though not as good, ips lcd is just fine for contrast, blacks, viewing angles especially on smaller devices.

6. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Im guesting a rating of 5 below for this sony masterpiece from iphonearena...

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I love the dark blue color. I wish more manufacturers add this color to their phones.

12. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Guessing 6.5-7.5

14. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Sony must change their current 6 moths cycle flagship. Look at other oem, Samsung has S and Note series, Lg has G and V series( hope they continue G flex) If they want to release 2 flagship for a year that must differ from each other. Or release one flagship like Htc,Motorol, others. Most of the people waiting for Z ultra successor

15. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Despite all the complaints and compliments received about this phone, i really wanted to play with it, just to know the phone's quality, both hardware and software, solely based on my needs, interpretations, understanding and budget. So, i guess i just have to wait. As for me, just by looking at the pictures and video hands on review, i still think the device looks ok.

16. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Do not rush the review please. We need accurate reviews.

32. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Don't expect too much. Surely they'll give it 6-7 rating. Hahaha.

35. NEWMAN1980

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

I have used so many brands Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Huawei & Sony .... even Apple iPhone 5s & 6s. I'm using now Xperia X to be honest Sony is the best, with Sony you really get what you have paid for, and Sony does make the best quality screens not to mention voice & incall quality. if you want the best smartphone get Sony, those small small things does make the differance

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