Sony announces Xperia XZ flagship, as well as X Compact and Xperia Ear

© Sony 2015
© Sony 2015

Whilst it’s clear the manufacture we’re all waiting for a flagship from isn’t Sony, it doesn’t hurt to see what they’ve got for us, heck we’ve been a big fan of Sony’s Android devices over the years, be some of them questionable recently, but Sony is hoping to change that with the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact.

Xperia XZ

Xperia XZ

First of all Sony, make your mind up, are your flagships going to be Z or X, though we suppose whilst you’re making your mind up putting both together is an option, this is the latest flagship from Sony, the Xperia XZ.

If you were expecting any major design changes with the Xperia XZ well, don’t. Sony love their design choice clearly, even if the world thinks it’s getting more than repetitive recently. Though that design has made some changes, for example the chassis now has a much more hollow look and design which we’re actually a fan off, not to mention the colour options aren’t garish and disgusting like usual, so there’s an improvement.

Xperia XZ Colours

If Black ain’t your thing, you can’t really deny any of the other choices are bad either, there’s no milky yellow or sickly greens this time, just colours you’d actually be seen outside with, good on you Sony.

But, it’s clear the big focus on the XZ is the Camera, Sony hyped this thing up like no tomorrow. The 23MP Camera features triple imaging sensing technology, fast capture, 5-axix stabilisation … a ton of bells and whistles which will naturally have to be seen to be believed, but for now we’ll say this much, from what we’ve seen initially, a really great Camera … much better than the just-OK shooter from the X Performance. Up front you’ve a very generous 13MP Camera with a very good 22mm wide angle lens, so if you’re a selfie nut, this thing could be for you!

One thing you won’t get from the Xperia XZ is 4K. You can capture 4K naturally, but the display resolution has been kept at 1080p, but you know what? We’re cool with that. The 5.2 inch display doesn’t suffer at all with 1080p, the colours pop and look actually incredible, one of Sony’s best displays by far, and we were hardly counting pixels adrift higher resolution displays from the competition, plus if anything, better battery life in theory!

Being a flagship, the SnapDragon 820 is no surprise, though many will be questioning the reason for this device after the X Performance, but trust us, this is the flagship Sony should have released. It sticks to their guns they got right in the Z5, the fingerprint scanner on the side button, Camera etc, but unlike the X Performance it improves upon it in every way!

Specs;

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 with Adreno 530
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5.2 inch 1080p Full HD Display
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Expansion
  • 23MP Rear Camera with 4K Video Capture
  • 13MP Front Camera
  • USB-C
  • HAS A HEADPHONE JACK we’re keeping this going
  • Fingerprint reader on side power button *except US*
  • 2,900mAh Battery with QuickCharge 3.0

Expected: October 23rd 2016

Xperia X Compact

Xperia X Compact

As usual, Sony have announced a pretty impressive flagship, it’s only right that they offer a smaller version which offers the same experience as it’s bigger brother! Well, unfortunately a trend has begun where Sony don’t quite exactly match the top of the bill, but you’re still getting a pretty incredible small phone.

The same rear shooter from the XZ you’ll find packed at the back of the X Compact, though it has been downscaled to 1080p for video capture. The processor has also taken a slight decrease, down from the 820 to the SnapDragon 650, though that doesn’t mean this thing can’t perform when it has to.

Other than those slight emissions, this really is a smaller variant of Sony’s bigger flagship, and it shares the same newer chassis design as the XZ, which whilst isn’t too different, kind of reminds us of some of the older Sonys back in the day, which is definitely not a bad thing, we love this design.

Xperia X Compact Colours

Whilst the difference colours aren’t quite as poppy as the ones on the XZ, they still look pretty good, though it’s clear to see Sony is touting the X Compact to the more female audience with the choice of lighter blue and white offering rather than the darker and silver variants of the XZ.

Specs;

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 650 with Adreno 510
  • 3GB RAM
  • 4.6 inch 720p HD Display
  • 32GB Internal Storage
  • microSD Card Expansion
  • 23MP Rear Camera with 1080p Video Capture
  • 5MP Front Camera
  • USB-C
  • HAS A HEADPHONE JACK we’re keeping this going
  • Fingerprint reader on side power button *except US*
  • 2,900mAh Battery with QuickCharge 3.0

Expected: September 25th 2016

Xperia Ear

Xperia Ear

Alongside their duo of Smartphones, Sony also announced the Xperia Ear. But, before you start thinking these are just some pair of headphones, oh no, these are Wearables in their own right.

The Xperia Ear can tell you the Weather, remind you of upcoming appointments, the Xperia Ear is always listening for voice commands, this is basically a listening only audio Smart Watch … if you want that kind of thing. The Xperia Ear connects via Bluetooth to your Smartphone likely just Android.

The Xperia Ear in all it’s glory, will be coming soon and then maybe we’ll know more of what it stands for.

Published by R-Tech

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