The Sony XZs is a high-end device just announced at MWC 2017 which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Sony has optimized it for value-to the user, and this device isn’t meant as winning any “specs war” — that role is fulfilled by the Sony XZ Premium, which is powered by a Snapdragon 835 and features a 4K display. Don’t miss our review of the XZ Premium either.

The XZs focuses on the camera experience by using Sony’s latest and greatest image sensor which is capable of capturing shots at an incredible speed of 960 FPS. Sony also designed the phone to be a bit more compact than the XZ Premium model. Compactness and large display are conflicting requests that often show up in consumer surveys, so phone makers have to strike a balance.

Pros: impressive new main camera, relatively compact body, simple and light design

Cons: 1080p display doesn’t show the full photo glory

Bottom-line: provided that pricing is right, this handset should be a relatively affordable handset for people who want a premium photo experience.

What’s new?

The Sony XPERIA XZs isn’t very different from the current XPERIA XZ, which has similar body proportions, weight, display and positioning. As the “s” name indicates, this is a slight upgrade, which is the new camera sensor and Android 7.0 (vs Android 6.x previously).

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Display
5.2"
1920x1080
IPS LCD
424 PPI
Price
~$375 - Amazon
Camera
19 MP
F2 Aperture F-Stop
Weight
161 g
Battery
2900 mAh
Non-Removable
No Wireless Charg.
Launched in
2017-02-01
System
4GB RAM
MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
32
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