Earlier this month, at IFA 2016 Sony unveiled two new handsets, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, both with a brand new 23 MP camera sensor and 5 axis optical stabilization. The first of the two is unboxed below and we’ve just received it as part of a bundle, that also includes the Xperia X Compact and a Sony MDR-XB950BT over the head set of headphones.



Sony Xperia XZ is Sony’s current flagship, the fall flagship, priced at $700 on Amazon. Inside its box there’s the USB Type C cable, charger, manual and no headphones, since we have the other big headset. That one is priced at around $140 and some carriers and retailers bundle it for free with this phone. The headphones come with extra bass, 20 hours of battery life, swivel cups and support for Bluetooth and NFC.


There’s also a set of sealed earpads to keep the sound in and bundled with the gadget have a 1.2 meter long audio cable and a microUSB cable. They integrate a microphone and weigh 280 grams. As far as the phone goes, the Xperia XZ relies on a potent Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3 GB of RAM and a 5.2 inch Full HD display. The smartphone measures 8.1 mm in thickness and weighs 161 grams. It’s supposed to be made out of a single piece of aluminum and it feels great in the hand.


It has 32 GB of storage, a microSD card slot and a 2900 mAh battery. The device is IP65/IP68 certified for water and dust resilience and it’s available in black, blue or platinum. The camera is the core point here, a 23 MP unit with 4K video capture, laser focus and 5 axis image stabilization, as well as color sensing.

Upfront there’s a 13 MP shooter for selfies and we’ve also got a fingerprint scanner on the side. The phone lets you control a PS4 remotely and Sony included here an USB Type C port, plus stereo speakers. With all of these cool media features, I expect a very solid experience and look forward to testing the phone. We’ll be back with a full review ASAP.  The updated price of the phone is here.

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