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Sony Xperia XZs Review

Sony Xperia XZs

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Interface and Functionality

Android 7.1.1 got the Sony treatment.

Sony Xperia XZs Review

Despite the fact that the Xperia XZs comes with Android 7.1.1 on board, its interface still feels satisfyingly familiar. If you've used a Sony phone before, you will have no troubles when you pick up the XZs, as everything is pretty much the same.

When it comes to the standard pre-installed themes, they're pretty much the same as those of the Xperia XZ, safe for the new Xperia Loops live theme, featuring some beautiful elliptical shapes that shift under your touch.

Unfortunately, the similarities don't end there and Sony opted to continue using the SwiftKey keyboard. Needless to say, we're far from thrilled about this one. The layout is somewhat questionable and confusing, and punctuation is awkwardly placed in all possible cases.

And in case you don't like using predictions while typing, we have some bad news. Not only that they can't be turned off with SwiftKey, but they also take a solid chunk of your screen above your keyboard.

Processor, Performance and Memory

This is not the upgrade you're looking for.

Just like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia XZs employs the Snapdragon 820 chipset with Adreno 530 GPU. While it's not top-of-the-line anymore, the 820 is still a solid chip. However, we expected more from a so-called “upgrade”. The RAM did get some love, though, and an extra gigabyte has been added for a total of 4 GB of memory.

The rest of the internals stayed the same, with 32 GB of internal memory, expandable through a microSD card, and a 2,900 mAh power pack, but we can't complain for the lack of upgrade here. These should be more than enough in most cases.

Internet and Connectivity


Thankfully, Sony's default browser is still Google Chrome, so you'll be getting the best possible Android compatibility.

The Xperia XZs also comes with support for all standard bands, but there will be a difference between the US and International models, so do make sure to double-check what you're buying and if it supports the bands you need.

The phone also supports all standard connectivity options – the latest Wi-Fi standards, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS and so on.

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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera19 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo processor
4 GB RAM
Size5.75 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches
(146 x 72 x 8.1 mm)
5.68 oz  (161 g)

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