Sony Launches the Xperia XZ and the X Compact

Sony Launches the Xperia XZ and the X Compact

It’s raining releases at IFA 2016, and Sony just gave us two new ones at the event. Meet the Sony Xperia XZ and the Sony Xperia X Compact.

Sony Xperia XZ

The Sony Xperia XZ is the successor to the Xperia X, and it aims to change a few things around, especially with the design. With the XZ, we now get a refresh on the design that feels more like the Lumia phones of the past. The phone is metallic, with a flat back and smooth-beveled sides. The top and bottom sides are flat, so the phone can stand flat on a desk, in case you ever wanted a phone that can do that. The display is a 5.2″ FHD IPS display, which should be comfortable and adequate for a lot of people. The fingerprint sensor is present on the side mounted power button, and you also get a dedicated shutter button.

Inside of the Xperia XZ, you get the Snapdragon 820 SoC, along with 3GB RAM. For internal storage, the dual-SIM variant comes with 64GB of internal storage and the single SIM variant comes with 32GB of storage. Sony does mention that 12GB of this storage is marked off for the phone’s firmware, but you also get microSD expandability, so that is not a very severe issue. The Xperia XZ also comes with a USB Type-C port, and the battery is marked for 2,900 mAh capacity with Quick Charge 3.0 capabilities. Water resistance does make a comeback, with the XZ sporting a IP65/68 rating.

The camera is where a lot of the action is, as the Sony Xperia XZ features an IMX300 23MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. The camera utilizes “Triple Image Sensing”, making use of color detection, phase detection and laser autofocus combined to make sure you are rarely ever out of focus. There is no OIS on the camera however, but there is a SteadyShot mode which utilizes the 5-axis gyro to stabilize shots. The rear camera supports 4K video recording. The front camera is a 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.


The Xperia XZ launches with Android 6.0 but a Nougat upgrade should be on the books. The device will be available in early October in Mineral Black, Forest Blue and Platinum colors. Sony has not mentioned a price, but as the product is positioned above the Xperia X Performance, do not expect it to be cheap.

Sony Xperia X Compact

The Sony Xperia X Compact builds up (builds down?) on the Xperia XZ design language. So you get the same feel, but this time in plastic, giving you a nice Lumia déjà-vu. The screen is a 4.6″ 720p IPS LCD display.


Inside, the Xperia X Compact shows its Xperia X roots as it features a Snapdragon 650 SoC. The phone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. You also get a USB Type-C port, a substantial-for-its-size 2,700 mAh battery and Quick Charge 2.0. However, there is no waterproofing on the device.

The Sony Xperia X Compact uses the same rear camera setup from the Xperia XZ along with all of its new tech. The only thing missing is the 4K video recording. The front camera has been replaced with a 5MP snapper.

The Sony Xperia X Compact also comes with Android 6.0, but an update should be on the cards. The phone will be available in Universe Black, Mist Blue and White colors from next week. Pricing is not available yet, but we should be privy to more soon.

What are your thoughts on the Sony Xperia XZ and the Sony Xperia X Compact? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]