Sony Xperia XZs review
As far as mobile phone reviews go, the Sony Xperia XZs review is one for those who love the latest photography technology. Later on in this review we take a look at the Motion Eye camera and Super Slow Motion video recording.
ALKALEIDO metal and waterproofing
The Sony Xperia XZs has Sony’s latest ‘loop’ surface design and this includes the exclusive use of ALKALEIDO metal, on the back. This adds colour and shine to a choice of colour schemes, which includes Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black.
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Not only does the Sony Xperia XZs look unique against other smartphones, but it is a practical choice, with IP65 and IP68 certification against water and dust ingress.
The 5.2” Full HD high contrast display ensures that bright sunlight doesn’t hamper your viewing experience. On the inside, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, working hard to bring a premium experience, with fast internet browsing, gaming and multitasking.
Phone Set Up
The Sony Xperia XZs has a 32GB internal memory for transferring content over from your old smartphone. There is a microSD card slot as well, and this can hold a memory card with a value of up to 256GB.
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At this stage, security can be set up and with a fingerprint sensor built into the power key, you can wake and unlock the phone in one go.
The Sony Xperia XZs can play high-resolution audio files and your existing low-resolution audio files can be up-scaled to studio quality with the included DSEE HX software.
Stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround then takes the audio to the new highs by creating a virtual three dimensional sound field.
The Sony Xperia XZs runs Google’s Android Nougat operating system and comes with Xperia Actions. Xperia Actions learn how you use your phone and then offers to manage your preferences automatically for you.
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This Sony phone can turn off sound at night or during work hours and can prepare itself for abroad use by downloading offline maps and translations, deleting them afterwards to keep performance top notch.
Camera & Video
The camera is the standout feature of the Sony Xperia XZs. The 19MP Motion Eye camera is based on the technology from Sony’s Cyber-Shot cameras.
For starters there is Super Slow Motion video recording that captures movements that the human eye cannot see. At 960 frames per second, the results are stunning, but don’t take my word for it and instead be wowed by the video below:
Now that have been suitably inspired you can be further impressed by the other camera features on the Sony Xperia XZs:
The predictive camera buffers images while you are preparing to shoot so that if you miss the perfect shot, you can go back and look at up to four photos taken before you pressed the camera button.
The 1.22μm pixel size is bigger compared to previous models and this means that the camera can capture even more light, under low light conditions. There is a fast anti-distortion shutter that ensures that fast moving objects aren’t misshapen or warped.
This Sony camera phone also has 0.5 seconds Quick Launch & Capture, 8x digital zoom, SteadyShot for recording video as you move, 4K video recording and a13MP selfie camera.
We have seen higher capacity batteries but the 2,900mAh battery of the Sony Xperia XZs may well out perform them. Clever software, such as Smart Stamina, learns how you use power through the day and will let you know if you are going to run low of power, so that you can switch to a battery preserving mode, well ahead of time.
There is also Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Battery Care software, which manage charging to ensure that the battery isn’t damaged and has a longer life.
One such way that it does this is by learning what time you wake up, so that it only charges the last 10% of the battery just prior to this. A 100% charged battery is under stress and this would eventually reduce its performance. So, this is a clever way to reduce the amount of time that the battery is in this state.
The battery is charged through the USB Type-C ‘symmetric port, with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 ready to give hours of use from just minutes of charge.
Written by: Michael Brown