Specs summary


The Sony Xperia XZ's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

23+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 23+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2900 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 25.4 days standby time, 700 minutes (2G), 1050 minutes (3G), 544 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

It's fast and has a great screen, but the Xperia XZ's mediocre camera and underwhelming design fail to get the pulse racing.

- Katherine Byrne , Expert Reviews 

The Xperia XZ is a solid all-round handset that does a lot of things right — a handset to restore the faith of Sony fans.

- Alex Dobie , Android Community 

Reviews summary

Based on 26 reviews

What's good  

  • Vivid, crisp display
  • Fast performance
  • Plenty of internal storage
  • microSD support
  • Great front-facing camera
  • Clean, minimalist design
  • Fast charging
  • All-day battery life

What's bad  

  • Price compared to competition
  • Lackluster rear camera
  • No waterproofing

Sony’s sleek designs and polished experience have helped them stay near the top of Android phone rankings. With the redesign of their flagship series, Sony hopes they still have what it takes to be a leader.

The Sony Xperia XZ is one of the latest entries to the 2016 flagship market and reviews are rolling in. Is what they’re offering worth the price? Let’s dig into what everyone is saying!

Reviews all agree that one look at the phone and you know it’s a Sony product. Its square lines and minimalistic design were a hit with reviewers. Sony’s ditched the glass back panel of prior generations, going for a metal panel instead. However, no one had any issues with this decision. Trusted Reviews noted, “Sony has styled out this seam-heavy design perfectly, though. There are no sharp edges to ruin the feel, and all the parts are perfectly colour-matched.” Alphr called the XZ “a device that’s clean, crisp and feels wonderful in hand.”

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However, the biggest change versus earlier designs--and a possible issue with this phone compared to other flagships--is a lack of waterproofing.

Flipping around to the front of the phone, you’ll find a 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display. Reviews on the screen are great despite it being a lower resolution than much of its competition. Trusted Reviews said, “the lack of QHD resolution isn't immediately obvious, particularly when the display already slaps you across the face with its bold style.” Expert Reviews got a little more scientific and declared, “To the naked eye, it looks beautiful, and our X-Rite colorimeter certainly thought so too.”

Of course, a display means nothing if the phone can’t push all those pixels smoothly. Sony opted for a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor and 3GB of RAM to ensure there’s enough power to please. Recombu put the phone to the test and said, “Everyday performance is silky smooth, with no stutter or lag as you zip through menus and load up apps.”

You’ll also find generous on-board storage--up to 64GB depending on the model--and support for microSD cards leaving plenty of room apps and media. While the phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Sony has promised updates to Nougat.

To keep you sharing selfies or video chat long into the night, Sony’s opted for a 2,900mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support. It also features smart charging that adapts to you daily schedule and only tops off your charge shortly before you’d start your day. Sony claims this will increase battery life. Reviewers had no problem getting a full day out of the phone and all noted quick top offs when connected to a supporting QC3.0 charger.. Good Gear Guide pushed their demo phone hard and noted, “After a day of rather-intensive use, including a bit of gaming and VR it wanted to move into low-power mode by the late afternoon. We’re confident it would last a full day ordinarily.”

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news with the new phone. Reviewers all agreed that the phone doesn’t compete with other flagships for picture quality. While the rear camera offers 23MP images, most reviews noted heavy detail loss due to image processing. Many also found the “five-axis image stabilization” touted by Sony inconsistent at best.

However, if you’re a fan of selfies, most reviewers loved the 13MP wide-angle front-facing lens. It includes a flash and the wide-angle helps get more than one person in a shot.

Overall, the biggest issue mentioned by most reviewers had nothing to do with performance, build quality or features--it was the price that led many to recommend skipping the XZ. Expert Reviews UK summed up opinions well, saying, “With such competition, the Xperia XZ fails to make much of an impression, even if its speed, screen and battery life are all excellent in their own right.”

Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


The best Sony smartphone until now

from LaptopMedia
As a Sony flagship model Xperia XZ is responsible for demonstrating top-notch specifications. And if software-wise this phone is similar to other Xperia X devices, hardware-wise we can spot the differences. Xperia XZ uses the best components Sony can offer up to this day. We are again presented with stylish design and special metal construction which is water-resistant looks really premium despite it being prone to fingerprints... Full review
Digital Photography Review

Nicely built, performs well in general use

from Digital Photography Review
The Sony Xperia XZ offers solid construction with a waterproof body and responsive operation. it records smooth video footage and thanks to a high pixel-count, the camera captures good high-contrast detail in bright light, but image quality drops off quickly in lower light conditions. The Sony lags also behind some close rivals in terms of imaging features. Overall the Xperia XZ is solid Android smartphone, but if your focus is on imaging, there are currently better options... Full review
Tom's Guide

Battery and display impress, camera does not

from Tom's Guide
The Xperia XZ features a colorful display and all-day battery life, but its most touted feature — a powerful camera capable of delivering crystal clear shots in any condition — didn’t live up to expectations. If you rely on your phone for photos, you’re still better off with a Samsung Galaxy S7... Full review

Another solid Xperia

from Brighthand
The Sony Xperia XZ doesn’t match those phones on paper, but it does in user experience. This is a fine phone with an outstanding design, as well as decent performance, battery, and imaging quality... Full review

Competent but not the best in the business

from NDTV
It's a good looking phone that's made out of premium materials, has a decent display, handles almost everything you throw at it with ease, takes good pictures, and has battery life you can live with. Yet, in what's surely a sign of how far we've come in the last couple of years, it's hard to recommend that anyone should go out and spend Rs. 49,990 on this phone... Full review

Loaded to the brim with compromise

from tech2
If there’s one word to summarise the Sony Xperia XZ, it would have to be ‘compromise’. In almost every category above, there’s always something to point out, things that this smartphone does not get right. From the plastic in the build, to average camera, to the laggy interface, there are one too many of them. The camera shut-down issue, for instance, has been plaguing the Xperia flagships since the last three generations, which is just not good... Full review

Definitely average in many departments

from Notebookcheck
The visionary, the Xperia XZ, is sadly not strong enough to ignite a revolution. In many ways, this test model is far too conservative and does not take risks. We could classify it as reliable rather than "revolutionary". The camera is a special highlight of the marketing campaign: it offers many nice features, but it is decidedly average when compared to the competition. Furthermore, the device lacks an image stabilizer, which would help improve picture quality in poor lighting conditions. The Xperia XZ can take average pictures, just like most of the competition... Full review
The Indian Express

A great flagship device, but competition is tough

from The Indian Express
Sony Xperia XZ is a great overall package if you’re looking for a flagship. Camera in the Xperia XZ stands out the most and it looks stylish in terms of design. However, it will have a hard time competing against other flagship devices like Samsung S7 series and LG G5. In fact, the Apple iPhone 7 and Google Pixel start at about the same price and Sony will find it hard to compel users that their price tag is worth it... Full review

Back from Z dead

from AndroidPIT
The Sony Xperia XZ appears to be consistent with the previous Sony Xperias: good processing, fast processors and a good display without much Quad HD fanfare. The new design of the XZ is a matter of taste – I like it. The battery life at high usage is only average; otherwise, the Xperia XZ is a good master of the standard tasks for smartphones... Full review

A good choice for those who want something that is neither Apple nor Samsung

from Techgoondu
The Xperia XZ is, finally, a well-deserved flagship in the series. The ergonomics seems slightly improved, the camera works really well in good lighting, battery life is decent, and Forest Blue is a nice colour for the phone... Full review

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