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Sony Xperia XZ Unlocked Mobile Phone available at @BestBuy @Sony
Sony Xperia XZ Unlocked Mobile Phone available at Best Buy
The Sony Xperia XZ Unlocked Premium Phone is the latest flagship smartphone by Sony with the first of its kind 4K HDR Display. Aesthetically, the design of the device is a mature version of the original Xperia Z. The phone is rectangular with sharper, more crisp edges when compared to the competition. It feels both cool and smooth in hand, thanks to being wrapped with Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back. This is a phone that feels very solid and well built when you hold it. The Deepsea Black finish of our review unit was both gorgeous, understated, and flawless.
The side of the phone sports a tray that holds dual sim cards or a sim card and microSD card. Additionally, there is a well placed, recessed power button and volume rocker button. Rounding out the exterior of the device, Sony added dual stereo speakers, a headphone jack, front and rear cameras, a camera button, notification light, and a USB Type-C port. All of this is encased in a device that is IP68 certified to boot, so there is no need to worry about a little dirt and water.
Sony Xperia XZ Processor and Operating System
Internally, the Xperia XZ boasts some top of the line specs. The Xperia sports a Snapdragon 835 processor that is paired with 4GB of RAM and a Adreno 540 GPU. All of this mumbo jumbo spec stuff means this is a phone that is fast. It responds instantly to input, with no discernible lag. Sony paired all of this with an Android operating system that is very light on manufacturer modifications. The version of Android that ships with the Xperia XZ is very close to the Google vision of how the OS should look, feel, and perform.
Sony Xperia XZ Display Screen
Two differentiating features of the Xperia XZ are the display and the camera. The display is LCD based tech that measures 5.46 inches and sports a resolution of 3840 x 2160, with a pixel density in excess of 800 ppi. This equates to a very sharp display with wide viewing angles. It also means this beast of a device can handle 4k. It is a beautiful screen, and you can tell Sony pulled out all the stops when viewing high resolution media.
Sony Xperia XZ Camera and Video
The camera utilizes a 19 MP sensor that is paired to a lens set to f/2.0. The images are sharp, and the color true to life. The camera offers both a Superior Auto mode as well as full manual mode. On the video side, the camera is capable of 4k recording, as well as super slow motion capture. This last feature is one that is unique to Sony. The Xperia XZ is able to shoot a slow motion burst at 960fps. Let me say that last bit again… 960 frames per second. Nobody in the smartphone arena can come remotely close to that number.
But what does that mean? When rendering slow motion, you are essentially stretching the individual frames shot over a longer period of time. For example, say we decide to slow down some video that was shot at 30FPS. When we slow things down, we get a bit of a jarring, jerky shot. We only had 30 frames to work with, so when we show each frame for a longer period of time on screen, it doesn’t look right to the eye. Now render the same clip, but shot at 960FPS. Smooth as butter. You have so many frames to work with, everything just moves silky.
Now there are a few caveats to be aware of when shooting super slow motion on the Xperia XZ. One, you need a lot of light. My results while using the feature in low lighting were a no go. Two, be aware that the camera will shoot in 720p while in this mode. Other than that, it’s simply a matter of hitting the slow motion button at the correct time to capture the burst.
Overall, this phone is a solid choice with the best camera around. We love it and highly recommend it.
Check out the Slow Motion Video Capabilities of the Sony Xperia XZ
Sony Xperia XZ Features at a Glance
- World’s first memory-stacked Motion Eye image sensor with 960 FPS Super slow motion video and Predictive Capture capability
- 5.5” 4K HDR display with TRILUMINOS display for mobile, X-Reality for mobile, and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Supported by 4×4 MIMO with LTE Cat16
- The 19MP main camera comes with the world’s first Motion Eye camera system, featuring Predictive Capture to help you get just the right shot, and Super slow motion video recording, which captures life in ways no other smartphone can.
- Dual SIM with 64GB onboard memory or single SIM with up to 256GB expandable with Micro SD card
- Unlocked and compatible with GSM/LTE carriers utilizing GSM network such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Cricket wireless, simple mobile, bright spot, and others
- Performs exceptionally for creating Super slow motion videos, watching 4K HDR videos, or playing the latest PlayStation games on PS4 Remote Play.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.