Xperia XZs announced with Motion Eye Camera and S-Force stereo speakers

by XB on 27th February 2017

in Featured Content, Videos, Xperia X series


Sony Mobile has officially announced the Xperia XZs and Xperia XZs Dual at the MWC 2017 tradeshow in Barcelona. The Xperia XZs has the same design as last year’s Xperia XZ, with loop surface design and ALKALEIDO metal back. The Xperia XZs also uses the same size 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display.

The big difference between the Xperia XZs and last year’s Xperia XZ is the inclusion of Sony’s new 1/2.3-inch 19MP Exmor RS “Motion Eye” camera, with 960 frames per second super slow motion video and predictive capture (four photos are saved in the second before the camera button is pressed). It uses the world’s first memory stacked image sensor in a smartphone, capable of 5 time faster data capture.

The pixel pitch of 1.22μm is 19% larger than those used Sony’s previous Xperia phones. The handset uses a 25 mm wide angle G Lens F2.0. The front camera has a 13MP 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor with 22mm wide angle F2.0 lens.

In terms of chipset, the Xperia XZs sports the same hardware as found in its predecessor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996). However, RAM has been upgraded from 3GB to 4GB. Internal storage remains at 32GB for the single SIM variants and 64GB for the dual SIM variants. Sony has also made no change to the type of internal storage, with eMMC being used, instead of the faster Universal Flash Storage (UFS) found in the Xperia XZ Premium.

Other Xperia XZs features include a 2900mAh battery (same as Xperia XZ), IP65/IP68 dust and water resistance, S-Force front surround sound speakers, Corning Gorilla Glass and a 3.5mm headphone jack (we have to list this as a feature nowadays!)

The Xperia XZs has dimensions of 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm and weighs 161g. The Xperia XZs will arrive in three colours (Ice Blue, Black and Warm Silver) when it launches on 5 April for $699.99 in the United States. The handset will also be available in other select markets – for example, it will not be heading to the UK and Germany.

Via Sony Mobile Blog.

  • Alex Norris

    Very poor presentation ((((

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Nice job on a refreshed XZ. Now they just need to focus on marketing their new innovative tech

  • “The flagship variant Xperia XZs brings that same re-engineered Motion Eye camera to select markets in a 5.2” form factor and is available from the beginning of April 2017 in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black.”
    http://blogs.sonymobile.com/press_release/sony-mobile-delivers-innovation-promise-mobile-world-congress-2017/

  • I demand a blue variant for XZ Premium!!!

  • Bloobat

    So are these new speakers? And I hope the frame is now metal

  • Moisés

    I do not see why killing X and brings this XZs.
    Difference between XZ and XZs is 5%. I think a QHD and SD821 would be fine.

    Price is 699 dollars by the way.

  • Moisés

    Metal for XZP, plastic for this one

  • Exodite

    I belong to the group of people who haven’t enjoyed the X-series design. The excessive top and bottom bezels, along with the curved sides, really don’t do it for me.

    And now it seems we also get a camera hump?

    Just no.

    I realize Sony has been getting a lot of flak over their mediocre camera performance, of which at least some can be attributed to the low z-depth of their flush camera modules I’m sure, but I’ve always been perfectly willing to accept that over a camera hump.

    I’ve been on Sony devices since before I got my first smartphone but this is where I draw the line.

    Can we please go back to the Z2/Z3 design days? Those were the best designed Sony devices so far IMO.

  • fried_egg

    My launch day Z5 (itself a replacement for launch day Z1 which replaced a launch day S) is free of contract in October but available for early upgrade in June.. The Premium is too wide for me… but the XZs in the right colour would be on my list – but I want gold again…. and I would prefer the 835 chip… SO, I will likely wait for the October release when the XZs gets it’s mid year upgrade to the top chip…. But Sony is doing enough to keep me staying with the brand by the looks of it. AS LONG AS THE OCTOBER RELEASE IS IN THE SAME GOLD AS THE Z5!!

  • Paul L

    I just don’t get Sony’s decisions these days. I feel like they were so close to nailing their design with the Z5 series. Everything in the X range – from the weird naming conventions (XA1, XZs) to the design and hardware – just seems so underwhelming. I wish they would release a Z6 and continue that line. My Z5 will probably be my last Sony phone, which is a shame.

  • Aiden Pearce

    Sadly nothing much except camera hump and slow mo…..
    Was waiting for next Xperia to replace my Z5, got dissapointed, mybe next time

  • penubag

    no need to hurry, your Z5 should still be good. My Z2 is still good and I’m still using it! I’m thinking about getting an XZ Premium but my z2 is just so good still. We’ll see, still lots of time before it launches. Plus, if history repeats itself, maybe the fact that they released a Premium XZ means the X line is coming to an end like how the Z series came to an end when the Z5P came out?

  • Akand

    I think they’re not killing X. They just sorted out. Only X and X Compact will be announced on IFA, the other all somewhere else like MWC or CES.
    And X is going to be the proper flagship this time.
    But I don’t see any point of XZs. Why it is introduced???

  • Moisés

    Z and Z1..
    Now XA and XA 1

  • Akand

    Pointless. Totally needless. XZs for what?? A flagship?? No way, there’ll be flagship X on September along with X Compact. Why did they bring stupid XZs with SD820???

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Don’t think so. Pretty sure an XZP is released because last year’s Z5P sold really well. However it was coincidental that their stage was ending. Remember Sony has a phase to switch from the Xperia S to Xperia Z and now x

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    The camera hump is minimal and it’s just because of the new stacked sensors. Still very acceptable

  • Akand

    I am just disappointed with XZs. But The Premium one is the perfect. Refreshment of XZ is pointless. Maybe there will be right flagship with right chipset and display size on September at IFA. I mean X1 and X1 compact.

  • KarFar

    It will be available on selected markets only according to sony

  • Exodite

    I realize why it’s there, they could simply have made the device thicker though.

    As for acceptable or not that’s clearly a matter of personal preference and not something one can make blanket statements about.

    Personally I’d rather buy a phone without camera than one with a hump, it simply causes too much issues.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Look at those photo samples taken with XZs on GSMArea, it seems Sony finally i a row with others flagships in camera quality, XZs i much better than Premium ’cause share same new sensor and has lovely colors but price will be affordable

  • fried_egg

    because most mobile phone sales in a model occur in the first 4 months of a phones life… the last 6 months of the year it is “old” to the competition. also cultural purchasing differs around the world.. some asian countries like new phones every 6 months, some countries like phones every year… to make things confused many countries have “buy a phone” others have “buy it on a 2 year plan” as normal… so… sony has a 1 year launch and a 6 month warm up of the model… it has several price points… hence, 4 phones and 4 warm ups… this year it has made it less “annoying” by spinning it as XZs and so clearly a warm up, unlike Z1 then Z2 which annoyed people (they tried fixing that by having the Z3 replaced by the Z3+ (a clear warm up name) but confusingly the same phones as the Z4 in places that liked 6 month launches)… the best bit, whenever you buy a phone, you are always seeing the latest Sony… with some brands you might be buying what is 10 months old, about to be replaced and so will look very very old in 6 months…

  • Roh_Mish

    They could’ve made frame thicker or stronger or added an extra 100mAh or so to cover the hump

  • NinJy

    Sony just redynamize XZ serie sales, it’s not supposed to be XZ2.

  • Geese Howard

    How do you pronounce XZs? Xzeeeees??? :)

  • azzido

    Forest blue?

  • Aiden Pearce

    unlikely but, as long as they keep using crap MTK rather than low end SD socs XA series also doesn’t count also they are ridiculously priced compared to other brands with better socs.
    I m waiting till they make move to AMOLED or anything that brings me back to Xperia.

  • Akand

    Sony should actually completely turn away from Qualcomm. Qualcomm has no respect for its loyal customer. Look, SD810 got heat issue, still Sony used it, but Samsung didn’t use it, they sticked to their own Exynos for S6. And now Qualcomm made deal with Samsung to make them exclusive first player, just because Samsung will sell more. How pathetic behaviour to Sony and LG.
    Sony should develop its own high end SoC or even turn to Exynos. Qualcomm turned me down. Sony has bought a semi-conductor company last year, so they can try to develop their own SoC.
    And low end SD SoCs aren’t able to handle the heavy camera sensor that has been used in XA1 series. So P20 is the proper option to choose. No complain.

    ** personally I still prefer LCD, because of natural colour reproduction. AMOLED is too vivid. I prefer natural colour to brighter and deeper colour. You can compare it using your own eyes, not the tech reviews. Just take a picture of a thing, then compare it on an AMOLED display against the actual thing. You may find the difference.

  • Akand

    Was it necessary to redynamize XZ??

  • alishayzadag

    X Z S.

  • shenoy

    Instead of XZS (which is marginal update to original XZ), they could ve launched XZC. As per me, 4.8″ FHD display with XZS SPECS – would ve turned d game for Sony.

  • NinJy

    It’s like all products, the sales lower with months… Doing a little upgrade with some marketing redynamize it.
    Look Apple gonna do the same with i7 in march.

  • Kiran Pasupuleti

    S-Force what?

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    Don’t forget about AMOLED burn-in problem

  • The One

    He was joking

  • The One

    It’s more like:

    XA, X, & XP (Performance, not Premium)
    then…
    XA Ultra, XC (which looks like the XZ, but has X specs), & XZ
    now…
    XA1, XA1 Ultra, XZs (where the heck did that come from?!), & XZP (Premium, not Performance.

    Sony is all over the place and they need to get their sh*t together.

  • Omer

    Looks fantastic, metal frame back again. New XZs and XZ premium will push Sony to top again.

  • MrWalker1000

    z2 stil a great phone thats how nice xperia phones are they last a long time. z2 takes better pictures than s7 in daylight.

  • MrWalker1000

    JDI will develop OLEd panels far ahead of what anything else exists thanks to all the advancments made university researchers in japan. JDI will have it on xperias by 2018 i believe.

    4k hdr on zx premium is superb though I was hoping they’d have 1080p hdr for regular xz.

  • MrWalker1000

    what are you talkinga bout? stop relying on bs gsmareana. dxo ranked sony phones high always. and evne the z5 was touted best smartphone camera when it came out.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    With blur and soft corners, with those unfocusing macro? I had almost all Sony flagships excluding Z3 and XZ and know their camera

  • Aiden Pearce

    yeah , but then again by 2018 all the flagships will mostly prefer AMOLED and burn ins depend upon usages, for those who keeps screen on all the times, LCD is better . Rest of the time AMOLEDs are good.

  • Aiden Pearce

    Yeah, personal preference. Since i started using AMOLED, the LCD panel looks washed out to me.
    MTK are famous for not releasing their source codes so basically lesser Custom ROMs and lesser development. Also they are not very optimized for battery. I have used few MTK devices and it was completely disappointing so i made decision of staying away from them. As of now i prefer only SD, i am not fan of Sammy so no more Exynos for me. I think SD430/435 and SD650/SD625/SD652 are more than capable of handling the camera of Sony. Eg. SD650 in X.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    That’s what I aware of, AMOLED is awful technology, no pure white color, bright colors consumes more power than LCD, pixel degradation, images became reddish, u always need to keep brightness around 50% or it will burn in, shit as it is

  • Moisés

    X Performance was an experience.

    2013: Z, Z Ultra then Z1
    2017: XA 1 and XA 1 Ultra

    XZ Premium is the Premium of XZ

    XZs is a loose end like X Performance

  • brocnical

    What about FM radio? Did they bring it back?

  • kurakuradisco

    he’s just giving the new sample of Xzs, and the sample quite nice.. it’s beat iphone 7 sample actually… but let’s see more actual review when it’s release..

  • kurakuradisco

    true, there;s no XZs in UK… only XZP and XA1/Ultra

    east asia will always get love from sony

  • VOXPERIA

    The lens and the ring are not protruding from the frame!

  • VOXPERIA

    Exynos SoC’s are not open like Snapdragon’s. And it’s like brands suing each others while selling them components, that’s just the business..

  • VOXPERIA

    What is wrong with the hardware..?

  • VOXPERIA

    Everyone dropped it. Sad

  • Exodite

    Have you seen the new models in real life?

    Because from the videos and promotional images it very much does.

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  • Edgars Indrušonoks

    The new Xperias are very nice phones, but is there any chance to see “new masterpiece” from Sony with all new features from Xperia XZs but design and unibody from Xperia X Performance?

  • dimz

    People have been able to enable the FM receiver on US Galaxy S6 & S7, and other models that sport a high end Snapdragon but keep FM turned off, so there’s hope the same can be done with Xperias. But until then, it’ll be mid end and low end only probably.

  • dimz

    XZs is the “normal” version flagship, ie near 5 inch display, no exaggerated specs. XZ Premium on the other hand is the overkill version, the “everything including the kitchen sink”, for those that have the money and want the best they can get.

  • Moisés

    I think Xzs should have Sd821

  • Shamoy Rahman

    Happy to hear the XZ Premium is using UFS. DEATH TO EMMC!

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  • Othmane Fettaka

    Xperia XZs have corning gorilla glass 5 or 4 ?

  • Stephen

    And then if they’d made the body thicker the usual know-nothings like CNET etc would be whining about “ooh this is such a bulky phone”. ¬.¬

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  • Michael Adu-Yeboah

    STILL A SUCKER for my Radio on z5…please sony witrhout it I cant upgrade…

  • aseuss

    Or CNET, Engadget etc will find something else to gripe about. Like the bezels, which actually aren’t bad on the XZs or XZP. Erica Griffin, the gadget reviewer on YouTube, said she was surprised at all the complaints about the thick bezels because it’s good to have bezels so your fingers don’t cover the screen. Of course, when the nearly bezel-less Xperia XA came out, they whined about not having anything to hold onto without covering the screen. Moral of the story is, the press won’t give Xperia a break.

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