Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia XZ (F8331) and Xperia XZ Dual (F8332) at IFA, the latest Sony flagship and the first device with triple imaging sensing technology. Sony’s new camera sensors include a laser autofocus sensor with distance sensing technology that should help to keep pictures focused in low-light conditions. There is also a new RGBC-IR sensor with colour sensing technology to adjust white balance depending on your environment. RGBC-IR stands for red, green, blue, clear and infrared.
Sony’s camera software has also been updated to include a greater variety of manual settings to control shutter speed and focus. On the video side, the Xperia XZ will be able to shoot 4K UHD video and also includes software-implemented 5-axis stabilisation (in FHD 1080p video only).
The Sony Xperia XZ has a 1/2.3-inch 23MP Exmor RS rear camera (24mm lens, F2.0) with Predictive Hybrid autofocus, as seen in the earlier Xperia X series. This also includes the ability to capture a picture from standby in just 0.6 seconds. Front-camera duties are taken care of by a 1/3.06-inch 13MP Exmor RS sensor with a 22mm/90-degree/F2.0 wide angle lens.
There is no denying that Sony creates objects of desire and the Xperia XZ is no different. Sony has used a ‘loop surface design’, referring to the way the display and metal back combines to give a curved edge effect. This design was inspired by a monolithic form – the concepts of which we have seen in the past. Sony has used ALKALEIDO metal (from Kobe Steel) on the rear and Corning Gorilla Glass for the display.
The main other new feature is a USB Type-C port for charging. In terms of other specifications, the Xperia XZ has a 5.2-inch 1080p display (424 PPI and screen-to-phone ratio of 70.91%) with 2.5D curved glass, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC internal storage (64GB for the dual-SIM model), IP65/IP68 dust and water resistance and a 2900mAh battery with Qnovo adaptive charging. There is also a fingerprint sensor power button, although as with previous models, this will not be available on US variants.
The Xperia XZ has dimensions of 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm and weighs 161 grams. The Sony Xperia XZ will be available in Forest Blue (our favourite), Mineral Black and Platinum. The handset is due to launch in October 2016.