Remember when Sony used to launch two flagships a year? This practice lives on – early this year the company put out the Xperia X Performance, later this year the Xperia XZ is coming.

The X Performance did quite live up to expectations of a Z5 successor and now we know why – that was XZ’s job, while the X is a separate family.

Here’s the proof – Xperia XZ debuts the « looped surface » design instead of borrowing the X floorplan. It’s a different take on the popular design trend with a curved glass over the screen and a matching curve on the back.

The exterior is built from ALKALEIDO – a trademark finish on a piece of molded aluminum with a premium feel and strong fingerprint resistance. Sony loves experimenting with new materials.

Up front is a familiar screen – 5.2″ IPS with 1080p resolution. With a couple of speakers around it, naturally. Also in the proud Z-series tradition, the phone is IP68 waterproof – the Xperia XZ could have been called « Z6 » and no one would bat an eye.

For the camera, Sony doubled down on the SteadyShot digital stabilization to both main and selfie camera. It uses readings from a gyroscope to stabilize angle, roll and shift. Compared to the Xperia X and X Performance, the shift stabilization is new.

As is the 4K video capture – the XZ fixes perhaps the most vexing omission in the X spec sheet. The video mode supports 2x lossless zoom.

There’s a lot to like about the Sony Xperia XZ, but you can’t have it yet. Come October, the flagship will hit the shelves at 700.

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But is this the Sony flagship you waited for? Is it what the Xperia X Performance should have been? Or, perhaps, you still prefer the X Performance? That one has been on sale for a while now, hopefully Sony’s delayed launch of the XZ didn’t leave early adopters wishing they had waited.

Is the Xperia XZ the Sony flagship you wanted?


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