Sony Xperia XZs specs review: A small step for Sony, even smaller for mankind


The Sony Xperia XZs is the upgrade to Sony's 2016 flagship – the Xperia XZ. Or at least that's what it should've been. What we got instead is almost the same phone with a slightly improved camera. That pretty much covers the device, but let's go a bit in-depth with its specs sheet and see why exactly.

Design


The body of the Xperia XZs is completely indistinguishable from that of the Xperia XZ, save for the camera lens. It features the same rectangular design that Sony has been using for ages, with sharp corners and flat front and back. It measures at 5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches (146 x 72 x 8.1 mm) and weighs 5.68 oz (161 g), exactly like its predecessor. The only difference in the body is the bigger camera lens on the back.

The fingerprint scanner (which is still unavailable for the US versions) still sits on the power button on the side, which will cause you plenty of problems if you're using a thicker case. The same side houses the volume rockers and the camer shutter button, while on the left we find the lone SIM tray, combined with the MicroSD slot.



Display


The Xperia XZs comes with a 5.2-inch display with resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, making for the okay pixel density of 424 ppi. It's not a VR-worthy display, but it will be good enough for most other use cases. It also appears it's using the same LCD panel we found on the Xperia XZ a few months ago, so nothing new there.

Hardware

Processor


The Xperia XZs comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which is yet another aspect of the phone that Sony left untouched since last year. Considering Sony is shying away from major changes here, we can assume that the software will be the same too, and we were not completely satisfied with its optimization last time we used the XZ with Nougat. So, let's keep our fingers crossed that some updates were introduced to improve the overall performance of the device.

The Adreno 530 GPU should do the trick for most, if not all, games out on Android, so we have no complaints there.

Memory


Memory is one department where Sony actually changed something – the Japanese OEM added another extra gigabyte of RAM, for a total of 4 GB. Storage remained at 32 GB for the single-SIM variation, but the international dual-SIM sits at 64 GB. This makes us believe that if you want the extra SIM, you will have to wave goodbye to the MicroSD slot that supports cards with up to 256 GB of capacity.

Battery


The 2,900 mAh battery makes its return. And last year it did okay, but not great by any standards. To be perfectly honest, we'd expect that Sony would increase the battery's capacity, at least by a little bit, but it appears that this aspect of the handset remained the same as before too.

Sony did take notes, though, and added something the XZ desparately needed – Quick Charge 3.0 support. The recharge times of the 2016 flagship were painfully slow, taking nearly three hours to reach 100%. We hope the Quick Charge support will improve this significantly.

Camera



We finally reached the big change – the camera. The rear-facing camera employs Sony's new sensor, capable of shooting 960 fps video, making for some stunning super slow-motion shots. And we all know everything is better in slow motion. Other than that, it should improve on photos of fast-moving objects, such as cars, trains, birds, etc.

The 13 MP selfie camera appears to be somewhat standard, with nothing exciting showing up in the specs sheet.

Expectations


It's hard to talk about expectations with the XZs. We've already seen what it's capable of when Sony launched the Xperia XZ. The only notable difference here would be the superior camera. If you're in the market for a Sony smartphone, and you own a flagship that's a few years old, the XZs is not a bad choice. If you already own an XZ and want to upgrade it with a better Sony, though, definitely go for the XZ Premium, as the XZs has nothing to offer you.

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Xperia XZs
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh

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21 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Those bezels.........

2. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's your ONLY takeaway here?

6. fyah_king unregistered

Cause it's ugly!! I will never buy a phone with huge bezels.

10. mahima

Posts: 744; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

so no iPhone, no Google pixel and no sony??

11. fyah_king unregistered

None, I bought the 7plus and almost puked at the bezels. I took it back 3 days later.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yes coz 100% of the time you'll only look at your bezels and not in the screen itself. Its these same guys who wants to get rid of the Note 7 bomb jokes but cant get past Xperia bezel jokes.

15. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

ugly to you, not to me...but this device has so many other problems, that bazels are tiny

19. progosu

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

front facing stereo speakers, now DIE.

7. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

when the whole world is goin towards bezelless design, Sony is looking to increase the bezels on phone by phone, lunch by launch...!! better be the supplier for OEMs!! im damn sure the pricing of this phone will be ridiculous!! When i look at this phone, apple is way better than sony!! RIP Sony!!

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Iphones have huge bezels too!

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Title itself says, how much PA hate sony. Apple released 6s with no improvement, PA doesn't care.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm pretty certain the 6s had a new processor, better camera, and 3D touch display onboard, not to mention SSD storage speeds. I get that talking s**t about Apple is the go to "but....but such and such" fallacy and all, but look at this objectively: A) Let's face it.... Sony's trolling at this point. They're basically saying "You guys want us to change. Well F.U.....We aren't gonna!" to your face. B) Since when are Apple and Sony in the same conversation about smartphones? Are you saying that Sony has been making S models this whole time? Where on Earth do they get such confidence in their brand from? There's more....But it's late. Ponder if you will.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iphones are behind the market, that is a fact!

16. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

"You guys want us to change. Well F.U.....We aren't gonna!" to your face Lol....This is more suitable for Apple

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Much worse is it's the same editor, Damian, who reviewed the Tab S3. Its a tablet from Samsung this 2017 with 2016 specs but got praises but not on Sony.

5. bhanushali_p

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

@kiko007 Man its not about what has changed. Apple has been behind the competition in every aspect (Except for the Chipset, but we are in the age where Chips are over powered already) I have Moto Z play, and I did beat 6s hands down on Camera, Fingerprint Speed, Display, Speakers, And MODs as innovation. Imagine, Its half the price. AND THE POINT IS PA will still PRAISE iPHONE as above all. thats lame.

18. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao....You keep thinking your crappy midrange phone is fantastic. That's fine. But to lie about the FPS and camera being better is sad, even for fanboys. And besides, if I wanted to buy add-ons, they make mods for the iPhone as well lol.

20. bhanushali_p

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

I don't know buddy, but there was time when that iphone guy was burning his butt and I was like "what the hell is that, My phone is better than iPhone?" Others were laughing at him !!!

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yep, midrange Android smartphones are technically better than iPhones.

14. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

i remember the time when Sony had a great batteries....now, i feel sorry for them

17. jphiller87

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Ugly a$$ phone

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