Sony Xperia XZs Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Sony Xperia XZs, by Sony

- Analysis by Christelle Nina

The Sony Xperia XZs is pretty much the XZ Premium's twin in terms of imaging specs. However, the former's cameras are bundled with other mid-level features (display and performance-wise) to make it a lower-end device. As such, it enjoys the premium-class 19-megapixel Motion Eye main sensor , which is accompanied by enhancements such as 5-axis stabilization and Predictive Hybrid Autofocus . In addition, its marketing relies heavily on its ability to record 960fps Super slow motion videos and perform multi-photo predictive capture shots . One issue that may arise from this, however, is the fact that the XZs doesn't sport a flagship-level memory. As such, its 32GB internal storage may easily get filled if one is to constantly use predictive capturing . As for its selfie cam, a 13-megapixel sensor seems like a good deal in its price tier.

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As previously mentioned, the flagship-worthy features pretty much stop with the XZs's cameras. It's 5.2-inch display sports a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. Although this produces a pixel density of around 424DPI (and effectively beating the iPhone 7 in this regard), such a spec is still within the realm of reasonable expectations -- especially in consideration of recent trends in the upper-mid-range market. In spite of enjoying a lower resolution compared to its top-shelf counterpart, both the TRILUMINOS and X-Reality for mobile technologies are present in this Android. As expected, it also doesn't lack a Gorilla Glass display .

Its physical features entail quite a few pros and cons, as well. Thicker than many of its peers at 8.1mm , it's unsurprisingly relatively-heavier at 159 grams , too. Those conscious about how their devices hold and feel may find this fact unpleasant. As for its body, Sony hasn't veered away from the Xperia-signature design (and we don't expect it to do so anytime soon, quite frankly). Whether this is a good or bad thing is up for debate, but the ALKALEIDO metal finish is certainly pleasant to look at. Furthermore, it comes with a rather-unique icy blue variant. Of course, some people may not care for this color at all, but it's refreshing to know that an alternative option is present in the sea of blacks, silvers, and golds. As may be expected from any Xperia device that's at least mid-to-high-end, the XZs is dust-proof and is IP65/68 water-resistant .

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Lastly, another potential deal-breaker for prospective buyers is its sub-3000mAh battery. Again, 29000mAh isn't what one would call devastating, but it's definitely not up-to-par with the most competitive mid-rangers out there.

The Xperia XZs definitely doesn't check all the good boxes. But if one is merely looking for the most competitive camera specs without splurging outright on a flagship, this pros and cons review shows that it is obviously an attractive choice.

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