Sony Xperia XZ - is it worth getting?

Sony Xperia XZ - is it worth getting?

Sony has just released their new flagship phone, the Xperia XZ but is it much different from previous models? We decided to take a look.

It is probably closest in specs to the earlier Z5 model and with just a few minor changes it is almost like Sony has opted for a low risk flagship, relying on previous successful features to ensure they keep their customers happy. Both phones share a similar look with a 5.2 inch Full HD screen, the same processor, RAM and 32GB storage. Whereas other companies have already made the switch to the higher resolution Quad HD screens, the advantage of sticking to Full HD means battery life should last longer while still giving a crisp and clear image. The home button still houses the fingerprint scanner and the NFC and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth are unchanged too. As with all Sony phones it features excellent music playback quality and the new XZ now also comes with Playstation 4 remote play capability.

As you can see above, both phones look very similar, however the newer XZ is £150 more expensive and for the small changes many may find this to be a bit too steep. It now features the new USB-C charger port and rounded off edges to make it a more comfortable device to hold. The XZ also features a high purity metal back plate to give it a fresh and gleaming look but is slippery to touch. Waterproofing also returns and according to Sony is effective at a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. The XZ is strangely heavier than the earlier Z5, bucking the trend of most flagships to be lighter or thinner.

In conclusion the Xperia XZ is a decent and high quality flagship phone but for anyone owning a previous Xperia model it may not be such a big improvement so might be worth holding on until a newer version is announced.