Sony Xperia XZ user interface: here's how it looks compared to the last generation!

Sony Xperia XZ user interface: here's how it looks compared to the last generation!
As you probably know, Sony released what is considered its 2016 flagship, here at IFA 2016 in Berlin. The Xperia XZ a Snapdragon 820-equipped beast with a camera, which Sony claims it put a lot of effort into, and some new design elements to it, which make it look a bit more contemporary and even desirable.

Now, we have touched a bit on the new interface on our hands-on, but came back for a few screenshots to share. Sony's new interface definitely looks and feels cleaner, but without sacrificing the typical Sony look and operation. Well, not all of it at least — it seems that the floating Small Apps are gone for good. That's something that Sony decided to kill off back with the release of its first representatives of the X series and it seems it's sticking to that decision.

So, on to the interface, we are greeted by the clean reskin of Android that Xperias have been known or. Most stock apps are not placed in a circle, and definitely look flatter than before, keeping up with contemporary fashions. There doesn't seem to be an option to put 3rd party icons in circles, however — that's something that Samsung, for example, does to maintain coherency among its icons.

But all in all, we are happy to see that there isn't much bloat to be found, and the separate camera modes seem to be gone from the app drawer, instead of flooding it with icons. Their place is in the camera app and not on our homescreens, and we are glad to see that Sony agrees.

So, since the Xperia XZ is considered to be the flagship this year, we drew a quick comparison between it and last year's Xperia Z5. Check out how the interfaces differ below!

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Xperia Z5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
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)

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8 Comments

1. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

More interesting would be it launching with Android 7.0

2. Shayankia

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 02, 2016

Small apps...

3. SR-72

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 01, 2016

2016 and 3gb Ram..lol.

5. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Note 5 has 4GB RAM yet the Xperia multitasks better even with 3GB lol

6. hillaryisacriminal

Posts: 242; Member since: Aug 26, 2016

2016 grenade 7 ,all bootloop more laggy than non explosive note 5 cant handle the multitasking hahaha is that a joke.

4. Remmy

Posts: 187; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Not much has changed tbh, I rarely used the small apps since my previous Xperia ZR anyway.

7. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I wonder why my Z3 looks like the XZ (except the battery logo and %). Is this Z5 updated ?

8. evildog2

Posts: 2; Member since: May 19, 2013

I have this SystemUI on my Z3 compact :)

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