Sony Xperia XZs Review

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Nigh similar to the Xperia XZ launched back in October, Sony’s latest and best has more than a passing resemblance to the model. Located side by side, the all new Sony Xperia XZs would seem to have the identical shell, a very similar port configuration and for what it’s price, largely a similar configuration. What then separates it from a six-month previous model and more importantly, what makes it price your consideration having launched within days of the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8?.

Sony Xperia XZs Review – Specification

Display Size: 5.2 inches

OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat)

Internal Storage: 32/64 GB

RAM: 4GB

Rear Camera: 19MP

Front Camera: 13MP

Battery Capacity: Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Design

Sony Xperia XZs

There are only a couple of modifications with the Xperia XZs when in comparison with its predecessor, however none as far as the design or construct quality are involved. Just like the Xperia XZ before it, this device features what Sony calls a loop design, full with sides which are rounded and taper towards the front and back, allowing for an in-hand feel that’s comfortable in hand.

The XZs has a metal plate on the back, glass up front and plastic along the sides. The USB Type-C port and a headphone jack are at the top and bottom respectively, and the volume rocker, dedicated camera button, and power button are all found on the right side.

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Display

Sony Xperia XZs

The Xperia XZs comes with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD, with a Full HD resolution resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi. As anticipated, the screen is sharp and vibrant, gives wonderful viewing angles, color reproduction is nice and doesn’t seem too oversaturated, and the brightness is also sufficient for comfortable viewing outdoors. The 1080p resolution more than gets the job done here, and unless you’re planning to utilize this device for Virtual Reality, you aren’t going to miss Quad HD.

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Software

Sony Xperia XZs

The Xperia XZs comes with an Android 7.1.1 onboard with a look that is more or less inventory. That said, Sony continues its tradition of building in a full range of applications and software tweaks. The home screen is a clean and simple affair with shortcuts for the Google Now and camera app. Tap the button at the bottom, and you enter the full listing of apps.

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Hardware and Performance

Sony Xperia XZs

32 GB and 64 GB are the built-in storage options available, but when that isn’t sufficient for you, expandable storage through microSD card is possible for as much as 256 GB. A couple of the signature flagship Sony features are engaged including the Xperia XZs, the first of which is the dual front-facing speaker setup. Whereas they do sound nice, they, unfortunately, don’t get as loud as what you’d assume from stereo speakers. This second feature is an IP68 rating for water resistance, which means that the device will be protected even when submerged under a meter of water.

The first difference between the original Xperia XZ and the Xperia XZs comes in the efficiency part, however even this isn’t particularly significant. The Xperia XZs comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor supported by the Adreno 530 GPU. However, the RAM has been bumped up from 3 to 4 GB. There have certainly been no problems with lag or dropped frames when opening apps, browsing the web, or playing video games, and multi-tasking and having more apps running in the background has only developed with the availability of an additional gigabyte of RAM.

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Camera

Sony Xperia XZs

What is easily the most important change between the Xperia XZs and its predecessor comes in the camera section. This time around, you get a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera on the rear, which may appear to be a downgrade from the 23-megapixel unit found with the Xperia XZ, however as we all know, megapixels aren’t everything if it comes to image quality. On this case, there may be a reduction in megapixels. However, the pixel size has been increased for better efficiency in low-light conditions.

The front camera is also exceptionally good. A 13 MP front Camera lets you capture plenty of detail and nice looking colors, and the excessive megapixel depends on a lot more flexibility with zooming and cropping without a big loss in quality. If you’re into taking selfies, you’re certainly going to have a nice experience with this camera.

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Battery Life

Sony Xperia XZs

The Sony Xperia XZs has a 2900mAh battery pack, together with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 and Qnovo Adaptive Charging. In real life, the Sony Xperia XZs lasts for the whole work day, at best. With nearly two hours of social media surfing, a total of about two hours of phone calls and Internet browsing, 45 minutes of gaming, an hour of music streaming, 30 minutes of video streaming and 30 minutes of GPS-enabled navigation. The Xperia XZs lasted from 10 am to 11 pm, at which point it would be left with 5-8 % of power.

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Sony Xperia XZs Review – Connectivity Options

WLAN: Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, hotspot

Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, aptX, LE

GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS

Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity,

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Conclusion

The Sony Xperia XZs may have an old generation processor, however, is still nicely optimized for good efficiency. Alongside, it presents a compact, a bright, vibrant display and ergonomic build and a fairly decent camera. The battery life is the only element that’s comparatively weak, however still lasts for a whole work day.

The Sony Xperia XZs is a nice smartphone that gets a lot of basics right. However, you may argue that with a variety of newer flagships en route, the Xperia XZs may be a bit of a compromise. Whereas that remains true, the Xperia XZs still gives film streaming and good gameplay experience together with good audio.

You’ll be able to still wait for some time to get your hands on the new flagships coming to India quickly, which will possibly offer you a longer life span of usage than the Xperia XZs, which now works on a year-old flagship processor.

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Review Score

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