Xperia XZ1 rear panel leaked from the production line

by XB on 15th August 2017

in Rumours


Sony Mobile is expected to launch three new Xperia devices at the IFA 2017 tradeshow at end of the August. Rumours are currently pointing to the three devices being the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia X1. Judging by the latest leak of the rear housing of the Xperia XZ1, it looks like it will follow a design that is very similar to the Xperia XZ Premium, particularly when comparing the back of the handset in terms of lens and camera sensor placement.

The lack of rear mounted fingerprint sensor in the rear chassis, highlights that the Xperia XZ1 is likely to feature a side-mounted sensor as seen in Xperia devices to date. In terms of specs, the current rumours doing the rounds point to the Xperia XZ1 sporting a 5.2-inch FHD display with Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM and 3000mAh battery.

Sony is expected to launch a proper flagship compact this year, in the form of the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which is rumoured to have a 4.6-inch HD display with Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB RAM and a 2800mAh battery. Lastly, the Xperia X1 will be a mid-range device with 5-inch FHD display and powered by a Snapdragon S660 chipset, 4GB RAM and a 2800 mAh battery.

If we get any firm details on the handsets prior to launch, we will keep you posted.

Via SlashLeaks.

Thanks 陳德晃, Diogo, dunno someguy, KF, Moisés, Piglet Squid, Rony, Subham and Yut!

  • What’s with the extra large flash hole? Intrigued…

  • Flythe

    Triple Imaging as seen before. Full Alkaleido body for the first time, as it seems. Nice! Now, the front will hopefully look as nice as well.

  • Zyad Atef

    Dear leaker, buy a fckin good camera!!!

  • BarKohba

    Fcking yes! No stupid back fingerprint sensor on the flagship! Awesome Sony design language, clean and industrial.

  • I know, but it´s much larger!

  • RuggeD_XBoY

    825 for the XZ1 and 835 for the XZ1 Compact? Would be pretty odd since the Compact usually has worse specs than it’s bigger brother

  • Flythe

    Oh, you’re right. Maybe Sony will finally go for a dual flash setup.

  • Flythe

    Probably just a mistake since there’s nothing like a Snapdragon 825.

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Dual flash or Xenon flash.

  • Tau45

    Maybe the leaker is from china and the only camera he has is the one he made himself ;)

  • Tau45

    Hope the Compact will be worth to upgrade from Z1c.

  • Moisés

    Someone on Esato says there is something not related to camera placed with flash, rgb and laser AF.
    He says is something useful but he did not want to say what it is..

    It is not dual flash led..

  • Ali Manai

    The line above the camera hole and the openings on sides above volume rocker and sim tray

  • DBS

    Yet another cheap aluminium phone without wireless charging. That must be so that they can then release the XZ1s at MWC adding it, AFTER Apple adds wireless charging on the iPhone and people suddenly start realising wireless charging is pretty much essential on any flagship worthy of that name.

    Oh well.
    At least the fingerprint isn’t on the back. That’s good.

  • DBS

    The only specs the Compacts have less than the bigger brother is the screen resolution and the RAM. Never the chipset.

  • BarKohba

    Middle slit for flash/color sensor/laser focus kinda large. Maybe a secondary smaller camera for dual camera setup?

  • Stuart Gardoll

    Please don’t be a mirror!
    And that frame still looks plastic-y.

    Looking to upgrade from the Z5 but want an aluminium frame and something that’s not a fingerprint magnet!

  • Vinny Conforto

    looks chunky and the same loop surface again which Sony believes is beautiful…

  • Luis

    Yes, please! I hate mirrors, and it was the major issue with the XZ Premium for me.

  • Couchy

    Raw camera support or I’m off the Sony train :-(

  • Moisés

    Seems to be all metal …

  • Moisés

    It seems to be full metal this time.
    It looks unibody, not like XZ.
    On XZ you can see where frame meets back panel.

  • Flythe

    Could you tell me exactly what you think the advantage of wireless charging is. Sure, it’s always nice to have more features than less, but unless you’re to lazy to put a plug inside, there’s nothing special about it. Also, the coil will need additional space and we know how Sony’s space management has been so far.

  • azzido

    Picture probably taken with this new xperia… Or maybe not, there is no distortion or blur on the edges.

  • azzido

    I hate aluminium back.
    Avoiding any Xperias due to horrible software treatment for XZ Premium.

    Also alkaleido was a fingerprint magnet, much worse and more difficult to clean tjan the gorilla glass.

    Overall Not interested in.

  • DBS

    1 – It’s ideal for waterproof phones;
    2 – It’s safer for batteries as it charges normally slower (unless you turn on fast charging of course)
    3 – It’s less cumbersome as it doesn’t require you to go plugging in cables.
    4 – It allows you do have a system around the house that does away with cables everywhere
    5 – It’s available in public spaces.

    I understand that for people who never used wireless charging it’s confusing to them why it’s better. But I don’t know a single person who has used wireless charging who was then happy to go back to being forced to plug in cables to charge a phone.

    Also, having wireless charging does NOT mean not having fast cable charging. You can have both.
    And no, you do NOT require extra room for the coil. The charging coild is actually really thin and every single Xperia phone released so far has actually the space for it.

  • DBS

    Well…it could be an IR blaster. That used to be a thing in phones and it actually was pretty useful. But I highly doubt it will be. It’s probably just some gimmick no one actually asked for but Sony will try to sell us lol

  • Spontex
  • Juan Carlos
  • Flythe

    1 – If the phone comes without ANY ports at all this might be true. Until then this point is not valid.
    2 – You could say the same about using a low voltage charger instead of a quick charge one. Also, slow charging doesn’t necessarily mean less strain on the battery.
    3 – But you cannot use the device while charging since the device may not be removed from the charger. Is this less cumbersome to you?
    4 – The charger itself still needs to be plugged in. The total amount of cables doesn’t change.
    5 – …but power outlets aren’t? Also, I haven’t seen any public wireless charging except for Starbucks so far.
    6 – The coil DOES of course need space. And if Xperia smartphones have indeed some unused space left I’d rather see it filled up with additional battery.
    7 – Wireless charging draws more power than wired charging. Not much, admittedly, but it does.

    I do see why you like wireless charging and I would certainly not complain about seeing it beeing implemented in an Xperia device, but none of your points seems to be convincing to me for this to be a must-have feature.

  • Luis

    The speakers look smaller than the XZ Premium’s. I was hoping for the same sound quality and features :(

  • Juan Carlos

    I think that XZ1 will have the same features and quality than XZ Premium.

  • DBS

    1 – Yes it is. You can’t charge a phone with a cable while it’s ports are humid. But you CAN charge it wirelessly. So yes, this point is absolutely valid.

    2 – No, but the type of charging used does mean less strain on the battery.

    3 – You should NOT use your devices while charging. Using the devices while charging damages the battery with time. And since the batteries are no longer removable, having a system that prevents people from being stupid actually helps the longevity of the battery.

    4 – The charger itself needs to be plugged but can be invisible. You can hide the cable between the charger and the wall socket. I even have my wireless chargers hidden in the furniture.

    5 – I have, specially in universities. And you can bet your money that as soon as Apple does it, tons of places will be adding it.

    6 – The space the coil needs is millimeters. And it can be places OVER the back of the phone or even on the back panel. Just go watch teardowns of any old Nokia Lumia flagship, the G4, G6 or any Galaxy S flagship to get an idea.

    7 – I’m not sure what you mean here. Consumes more power? Is that what you’re saying? If so, fair enough. But it’s so insignificant that it doesn’t outweigh the advantages.

    Again, wireless charging is the sort of thing that you don’t know you need until you use it. I thought exactly the same thing as you in 2012 when I first used a phone with wireless charging (the old Nokia 920). Ever since I never wanted a phone without it ever again. The only phone I used that didn’t had it was the Xperia Z3C and even that one I only bought because it had the magnetic port which was close enough (If I liked big phones I would have gone with the regular Z3 and got myself the wireless charging case for sure).

  • ew210

    to XperiaBlog : ”Snapdragon 825 chipset” for the XZ1 specs ? I think you meant Snapdragon 835 …

  • Moisés
  • Moisés

    Guys …

    NFC is placed beside LED FLash, RGB and Laser AF…

  • Moisés

    I was expecting the 836 instead of 835

  • raju

    Maybe I think

  • Moisés
  • Moisés

    I’d rather have glass too.

  • Moisés

    It seems like Z4V was going to have it.
    But phone got cancelled.

    That NFC wireless charging Sony has patent would be way better.

  • Juan Carlos

    Looks nice!!

  • raju
  • dapaintrain

    Before seeing the leaks i was hesitant on upgrading my z5 to the xz premium as i was worried the xzp would be the last of the old design (sort of like a grand goodbye to the old look) and the xz1 would usher in a new design language to compete with the modern edge to edge design that’s currently in fashion.

    After seeing these leaks i just pulled the trigger on my xz premium order using the 20% off sale on ebay.
    The XZ1 doesn’t look to be as exciting as i would of hoped it would be i was actually hoping to see an updated design.
    As much as i love the old design and i’ve owned every 2nd flagship since the z range launched it’s potentially time for an overhaul i think although i keep buying them because 1) remote play and 2) they are tough af and can survive crazy hikes in the middle of no where some slight changes would be welcome.

  • dapaintrain

    Look identical to the XZ almost

  • dapaintrain

    It’s why i chose the deepsea black for my xz premium it’s not a mirror surface plus i typically use cases.

  • dapaintrain

    Looks to change this time with both receiving 4gb ram. Still only 720 screen though in the compact.

  • dapaintrain

    Agree hate the rear fingerprint back that previously leaked. Thinking that rear fingerprint was for the x1 as they typically take more design risks on non flagship models like edge to edge screens on the xa1 ultra i’m thinking the x1 will be there to satisfy users that want boarder less look while keeping specs reasonable.

  • DBS

    I sure hope so.
    As for the screen, I have no issue with the 720p screen on the Compact. At 4.7″ being 1080p is irrelevant. You only notice it if you go pixel-peeping.
    I have a much bigger issue if the screens are still LCD instead of AMOLED.

  • Thariq Mohammed

    Fake

  • Thariq Mohammed

    No black line above the flash and nfc logo is missing.

  • Phil Gym

    mmmm sony is madly in love with bezels. any leak pics of compact?

  • Thanks man ;)

  • Phil Gym

    If I was holding it, ppl would lough at me because of humongous bezels. I DO hope the compact one has less bezels

  • Moisés

    Maybe

  • Mateus B. Cassiano

    Just to add my 2 cents, all Xperia devices from 2016 and onwards (excluding the low-end phones like E5 and L1) comes with Qnovo Adaptive Charging, so regardless of using a fast or slow charger you would still get more longevity of the battery when compared to any other phone of similar specs without Qnovo. Given that, 2 isn’t really a relevant point.

    About the other points, I don’t have a formed opinion about Wireless Charging, so I’m neutral regarding whether the next Sony flagship has it or not…

  • ymytbb .

    “only” Sony

  • ymytbb .

    agreed. nothing’s new, same boring look with too much bezels. I don’t get it

  • el_sur

    So much for that new camera.

  • DBS

    Well, Qnovo is still new and it still has to prove itself to be more than just PR bullsh*t. Until Sony continues to release phones with it and the years pass, we won’t be sure about that.
    So I’m not putting any trust on “Qnovo” until I we tangible proof that it does extend battery life overtime. It can prove to be an excellent innovation…it can also prove to be all marketing crap. We’ll have to wait and see.

  • DBS

    There’s no such thing as the 836.

  • DBS

    Hmm. So it’s just a “smaller” version of the XZ Premium. Meh. Not a single problem with the Xperia line solved. Shame.

  • DBS

    On the XZ and XZ Premium the frame is plastic to avoid antenna lines. In this one, without antenna lines and metal sides, the top and bottom will have to be plastic.

  • Stuart Gardoll

    I hope that’s correct. The plastic frame of the XZ always felt so cheap in the hand compared with the metal frame of the Z5.

  • DBS

    It’s a RENDER made based on the CAD files. It’s not a real product. OnLeaks said it himself on Twitter.

  • DBS

    Yes. And the top of the phone will be plastic (’cause that line isn’t enough as an antenna).

  • Stuart Gardoll

    Yes, but still a fingerprint magnet. I don’t like cases, so this makes the XZ Premium a no-go for me. :-/

  • Stuart Gardoll

    Fingers crossed!

  • Mateus B. Cassiano

    You’re missing the point. Qnovo is not new at all and has already proven their technology indeed extends battery lifetime (there are various analysis and reports as old as 2014 about the tech). What’s new actually is its use on smartphones, as Sony, which AFAIK is the only OEM using Qnovo on mobiles at the moment, started implementing it only on its 2016 Xperia lineup.

  • DBS

    No, mate. You’re the one not getting it.
    Qnovo IS new. And it hasn’t proved itself. Sony is indeed the only OEM using it. Why? Because QNovo only started operations in 2014 as a StartUp and Sony is one of its investors.
    So no, there haven’t been reports as old as 2014 because there have been no products using QNovo, let alone from when the company was barely starting.
    So, again, it has yet to prove itself to actually be real innovation or just a marketing trick.

    Like, for example, Bionz. On Sony’s P&S cameras it’s really good. On mobile, however, it has proved itself to be just marketing bullsh*t because the image processing on Xperia phones is beyond horrible and has no connection whatsoever to the image processing on Sony’s cameras. Xperia cameras as marketed as having Bionz tech but they don’t. They have “Bionz for mobile” which is just the way Sony found to try to use the recognition of the Bionz processing to try to sell you the camera.

  • comme des garcons

    I haven’t seen xZ1 Compact’s leaked photos yet. Somt reports say the one with the rear fingerprint scanner is XZ1 Compact. true?

  • comme des garcons

    This is a big phone

  • Mateus B. Cassiano

    So no, there haven’t been reports as old as 2014 because there have been no products using QNovo, let alone from when the company was barely starting.

    There have been no commercial products with wide availability using Qnovo, but they had already finished the development of the IC responsible for the tech and the software to operate it in 2014, and also released detailed papers regarding the technical aspects alongside actual prototypes with real-world test results, which got noticed by a lot of 3rd-party websites (including some big names like MIT Technology Review, Forbes and Engadget)

    Forward back to today and Sony is using the tech on almost all of their smartphones from 2016 and onwards, Qualcomm integrated most of the Qnovo tech on its current Snapdragon 835 SoC and Intel is also optimizing most of their mobile products to benefit from Qnovo technology, which nowadays also have solutions for efficient energy storage and improved recharging and reliability of electric vehicles which they didn’t have in 2014.

    Do you really think two of the biggest semiconductor chip makers in the world and the entire smartphone segment of an OEM as big as Sony would be wasting money on a technology that came out of a (at time) small and unknown startup if it wasn’t proven their tech indeed delivered the results they were claiming?

  • Warren Chang

    just wonder, will be they be using the special alloy metal – ALKALEIDO for this phone, if yes, they have chosen to use milling technique instead of the method used in XZ & XZs, which seems to standard flat panel hammering.

  • Luis

    I hope the one with back FPS is not the Compact, because it’ll be a HUGE letdown.

  • Night Guy

    Full hd with hdr, nice one. Atleast they can keep up with s8 and g6

  • Alex Norris
  • Toh Ler Kang

    But they remain the huge bezel legacy! Seems like the xz1 is even taller and wider from the report of phonearena – 146.8 x 73.4 x 7.6 mm compare to xzs and xz
    https://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-Xperia-XZ1-design-allegedly-revealed-No-surprises_id97049

  • razorg

    I LOVE the all aluminium chassis, milled from a single aluminium billet. As well as the NFC getting hidden in the back sensor area. They obviously worked on this. However, they seem to have forgotten about the front. Just a couple millimeters of reduction on the up and down bezels would’ve been just right. We don’t want a “bezelless (!)” design like S8 anyway, but a reduction is a MUST!!! AND, from what I’ve seen on the render videos, the main camera seems to have a bulge!!!! THIS PROBABLY MEANS THERE IS OIS!!!!!!!! yesssss!!!

  • Stuart Gardoll

    If you look on the back there also looks to be antenna lines above the sensors in the middle.

  • karam abi karam

    New dual pixel cam like samsung s8 series with decreased f apperture

  • RockStar2005

    Yes it does! :-D!! And I LIKE IT! Reminds me of the Z5 Premium in Chrome color, which I think is the best looking Xperia phone yet!

    Full metal forever!!! lol Like the HTC, but only with the “Sony” touch.

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah I agree. Z5 Premium in Chrome color was the best looking Xperia yet IMO!

  • RockStar2005

    My issue is I don’t want to have a case for it, just maybe a “phone wallet” to slip it into like I currently have with my HTC 10. So to me metal unibody makes more sense than glass back. And yeah, no alkaleido……..but no glass back either. I’d REALLY prefer they went FORWARD and made the XZ1 with titanium. Now THAT would rock! lol Or even something stronger, if possible? I just wanna be done with cases.

  • RockStar2005

    Yeah I hope that plasticky crap goes away, though I actually did like the Chrome mirror look. Oh well. lol

  • Spontex

    No.

  • fried_egg

    My launch day 2 year Z5 contract is in it’s early upgrade window… that looks like silver is confirmed.. i am still hoping the “leak” of colours was just a placeholder by a retailer using the XZs colours not the XZ1 colours… I love my gold Z5 and would want gold or silver next time.. The “mirror” premiums are too shiny… Gold is best though! This thing could not launch early enough

  • fried_egg

    except there was speculation about it coming & what phone would get it first.

  • fried_egg

    that is how the launch sequence has worked the last couple of years… there arn’t any problems with the xperia range that are not software issues.. the actual hardware is a subjective thing… it’s like saying there is a problem with the Ferrari line just because you prefer the shape & door configuration of a Porsche.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    You’re kidding right? I don’t think they have changed anything.
    It’s the same camera same software. I wish they just let us shoot raw with full CameraAPI2.

  • Flythe

    1 – This might be true, but I don’t know in what extend you expose your smartphone to humidity for this to be a problem in everyday life.
    2 – This is simply not correct. The battery doesn’t care in which way the current is generated it is charged with.
    3 – This is just a myth, too. It’s true, though, that this will generate additional heat inside the device and that’s indeed something the battery doesn’t like. Most people I know don’t care about this, though.
    4 – Well, I cannot say anything against a tidied up place. But did you sprinkle them all over your place? If you’re on the go or if you want to use the device while charging (which you obviously don’t do, I know) you need to grab that good ol’ cable of yours.
    5 – I don’t. Also, only smartphones benefit from wireless charging. Notebooks, tablets et cetera still need to be plugged in. More power outlets are still a more viable solution.
    6 – That’s what I said from the very beginning. And yes, we have seen wireless charging being implemented very well in the past. But I don’t see Sony trying it again after that failed experiment with the Z3+ and its charging case.
    7 – Same goes for whatever strain on the battery you mentioned in view of smartphones being charged on a daily basis, anyways, too.

    And again, I wouldn’t mind having wireless charging in an Xperia phone. I only say there are features more important than that.

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  • Talos the Robot

    The premiums always have the larger speakers just like compacts always have the smaler ones. XZ1 will be somewhere between.

  • DBS

    “had already finished the development of the IC responsible for the tech and the software to operate it in 2014, and also released detailed papers regarding the technical aspects ”

    All of that was theory. NO products were released and until a technology is released in a product it can not be tested. Papers only theorise about things, they don’t actually have any real life evidence of the theory .And no, in 2014 there were no actual working prototypes, only theoretical prototypes. There have been no actual products released with it for real-life testing until the Xperia X line. As such, again, it’s untested technology.

    The support the SD835 has for QNovo tech does NOT translate in manufacturers actually using the technology. In fact, NO OEM is using Qnovo on their phones apart from Sony, even though the SD835 supports it. That alone should tell you something about the lack of proof that the technology is actually ready for prime time.

    “Do you really think two of the biggest semiconductor chip makers in the world and the entire smartphone segment of an OEM as big as Sony would be wasting money on a technology that came out of a (at time) small and unknown startup if it wasn’t proven their tech indeed delivered the results they were claiming?”

    You don’t know how investment works, do you? When big Corporations invest in small start ups, it’s because they’re interested in being part of a *possible* new innovative technology. Qualcomm and Intel invest in those things not because the technology in question has proved itself but because there’s potential. As for Sony investing in it, it happens because Sony has desperately to try to find something they can differentiate their smartphones with. If Qnovo tech actually succeeds, Sony rips the benefits of being part of it because when they start selling the tech to other OEMs, Sony gets a portion of the money.

    Intel also invested enormous amounts of money in MeeGo, remember? Where did that go? Nowhere. Yet they invested because MeeGo had the *potential* of having been the major OS to combat the iPhone’s iOS in the smartphone market. But in the end, it was Android that succeeded. So Intel’s investment didn’t pay off.

  • DBS

    Yeah but that was people throwing clay at the wall and seeing if it sticks. Because Qualcomm did the SD801 and 821 they thought “well, I think we can try to guess there will be a 836”. But so far Qualcomm has not announced the 836 and since they already inadvertently announced the 845 the 836 is highly unlikely to happen (and it’s honestly really not needed).

  • DBS

    “there arn’t any problems with the xperia range that are not software issues”

    I can think of a list. And none of it is related to design.

  • DBS

    I thought so at a quick glance but looking more carefully I’m pretty sure that’s a light reflex on the glass over the sensors though. It wouldn’t be enough for an antena anyway.

  • DBS

    1 – Well, that same argument could be used for the IP rating. How often do you actually wet your phone?
    (I personally have a pool so actually my phones are exposed to water more than normal).

    2 – The battery does care about how the current is generated because the way it receives the energy input from different types of current has an effect on it.

    3 – Again, the moment this is provable by testing, it’s not a myth. And it’s pretty much on any “good use manual” of a device. In fact, some OEMs refuse to service batteries under warranty if their problems are a result of poor use.
    You are right though, most people don’t give a sh*t about it. Which is why I think sometimes OEMs have to force their hands to correct behaviours that later on will have an impact on the device and people will complain about. It’s just sad that most people will probably only realise that once the iPhone gets wireless charging, then everyone gets wireless charging and then users will notice the difference in the lifespan of the batteries of their devices.

    4 – Yup. I have them on my desk, my night table, my office, the living room and the car. And I even have a battery pack that is a wireless charger (the Nokia DC-50). Wireless chargers nowadays are pretty easy to find and not expensive at all.
    And that’s the think: the existence of wireless charging does not remove the ability to use QuickCharge on a phone. If I need to quickly top up a phone, I can use the cable. But that’s the exception, not the norm.

    5 – Then just you wait until the iPhone adds it. Pretty sure you’ll start noticing it. You haven’t because you never used phones with wireless charging so it’s something you never bothered to look for, am I right? (heck, even some computer monitors have wireless charging built into their bases).

    6 – Actually I think Sony WILL build in wireless charging into their phones eventually. Again, the sad thing will be that it will take Apple to “invent it” first for Android OEMs to follow suit.

    7 – Having to charge phones on a daily basis isn’t good either but then again, ever since the Xperia Z3, I’ve not encountered a single smartphone on ANY manufacturer that actually lasts 2 days. But that’s more the lack of innovation in the battery department than anything else.

    Fair enough. To me wireless charging is one of the most important features on a phone alongside a good camera with OIS (which Xperias still lack), AMOLED screens (which Xperias still lack) and a system-wide Black Theme (which Xperias lack since the 5.0 update).

  • azzido

    Yeah, same crappy and plastic g lenses, laughable F2.0 and no OIS combined with their nightmare software… Abnormal distortion and/or blur considered as preorder bonus!

  • azzido

    No, they had the frosted back for regular Z5 that was great, also for fingerprints. Still prefer glass back over any metal. Had regular xz, owning so called “premium” that is premium only by name which is fatal for the marketing since you will start using it and quickly get depressed because of its software expernience and software indeed being abandoned by this brand…

  • dapaintrain

    I can’t see Sony abandoning the lcd panel this year at least. I’d expect to see a midrange phone trial out the rumoured panels next Feb / march. Seems Sony like to trial the market by shaking up the midrange phones before implementation on high end flagships

  • RockStar2005

    Frosted back?? Does that mean glass or metal?? lol

    Yeah I had the X Performance and it was a letdown for me too. After having had the Z3, the X Performance was kind of a joke, aside from the camera of course. The battery life and audio quality was pretty much worse vs. the Z3. It looks like the XZ Premium however has given Sony a giant comeback for battery life as Phone Arena rated its battery life as “Excellent”! But just not sure on audio yet. Sony needs to get back on track there and use dedicated DACs and dedicated amps the way HTC and LG do (I have the HTC 10 and LOVE it!). They need to make the amps A LOT stronger too to compete. The average Xperia phone outputs like 0.32 volts for headphone volume, where the HTC 10 outputs like 1.009 volts. That’s a HUGE difference, even though it may not seem like it.

    I would love to see Sony comeback with a phone that excels on ALL levels, including audio, camera, and battery life. And also, start selling through carriers again so like I could get VoLTE again like my Z3 that I bought from T-Mobile had. With T-Mobile, you can ONLY get VoLTE enabled if the phone is certified by T-Mobile. And no phablets!! lol But HDR ftw.

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  • Biancoceleste

    That horizontal and long LED flash and sensor bar doesn’t look too pleasing. Will reserve judgement for final release though.

  • Biancoceleste

    Why would Sony downgrade their cameras?

  • Achour

    The design is beautiful but why so huge bezles

  • azzido

    For me xz premium is a huge step back as well especially on the camera and overall software division. Abnormal distortion, they cut off lot of additional features, in camera even they gave away Scenery selections and + button to add more modes… How pathetic. I do like how the Radio works on xz premium, my favorite feature in this premium device – HAHAHAHAHHAAA!!!

    Definitely both camera and software treatments are 2 key factors and reasons why I will be switching the brand just after this one.

    And dedicated dacs? Forget about it, people was asking to include S-Master since YEARS. Of cours sorry does not listen to its customers so you can forget about it. Who will buy their poor walkmans then? But sorry is to blind to see how world is changing and people want to have all these things combined in one device instead of 5. That’s why competition is outperforming sorry in sales for years.

    Simple. Clever.

  • RockStar2005

    I don’t really use the extra camera stuff so for me it doesn’t matter. Nor do I use radio. lol

    “Sorry”? lol

    Yeah………I guess that could be a reason why they don’t improve the DAC on the Xperia series, although for its time, the Z3’s DAC was pretty good! In late 2014 after buying it, I’d compared it to the $200 iBasso DX50 DAP and it MATCHED it in sound quality. It wasn’t until I went $100 higher and bought the Sony Walkman A17 that it got outdone. But the other issue is that ALL of Sony’s devices have too weak of an amp, prob to save battery power. But although my Walkman got PRETTY loud, I felt on maybe a couple songs that were mastered at a lower volume that it should’ve had a few extra volume notches on it.

    Yeah Sony isn’t very good at listening to its customers. That’s why I switched to HTC again (had the One M8 and now 10), because they really seem to listen. Camera not good enough? They made it better. People (like me) want T-Mobile-certified VoLTE so they can use VoLTE with T-Mobile? They kept that even on their UNLOCKED 10s (like mine)! Premium design with metal not glass-backed body? Ok……on the U11 they went glass-backed lol, but the 10 they didn’t! Make the phone have better audio? They REALLY listened there! (Sony just went backwards there IMO, at least with my former X Performance.)

    https://www.androidcentral.com/htc-10-audio-testing-boomsound-evolved

    My 10 was able to match my now former $300 Oppo HA-2 amp/DAC device, so I sold that and now I’m able to connect my headphones DIRECTLY to the 10. Whether or not I’ll be able to do that on future phones remains unknown.

    I hope they rebound in the near future, but as long as they choose to shortchange their U.S. customers on FS, VoLTE, carrier availability (which I guess isn’t necessarily their call but the carriers?!), AUDIO!!, etc, then I will continue to look elsewhere.

  • azzido

    Frosted glass back. Very nice touch feeling and almost fingerprint free solution. Yes, regular Z5 had this great solution on the back, I am missing it.

  • RockStar2005

    Oh ok

  • LOL That’s not even a leak, it’s called espionage and revealing! Always by China and Taiwan XD

  • AllanKafka

    Distortion should be fixed since they changed the optics to the new 25mm equivalent lens (in place of the 24mm equiv. that was used with the 23 MP sensor from Z5 on) – am I wrong?

    XZP shots on GSMA look good IMO.

    Agreed about crappy lens and processing algorithms though :( My Z5 would be a great phone if it wasn’t for that lens.

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