Sony Xperia XZs review: Premium yes, but old problems remain
Sony, keeping in mind its target audience – the high end segment – has launched the Sony Xperia XZs. The smartphone is identical to the Xperia XZ in terms of look and feel, which was unveiled about six months ago. The highlight of the Xperia XZs is its super slow-motion video camera that can record videos at 960 fps.
Sony Xperia XZs
Sony Xperia XZs is a toned down version of the original Xperia XZ. It features the same Loop design and fingerprint scanner is embedded in the power button. Camera on XZs is what has changed. It has a super slow motion mode that can shoot videos at 960 fps.
Sony Xperia XZs falls in the premium budget segment as it costs Rs 49,990. However, when compared to smartphones like the OnePlus 3T, which starts at Rs 29,999; the Xperia XZs lags in quite a few things like processor, front camera and battery. We used Sony Xperia XZs for nearly two weeks and here is our full review:
Specifications: 5.2-inch Full HD display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor | 4GB RAM+64GB storage| 19MP rear camera + 13MP front camera | 2900 mAh battery | Android 7.1 Nougat
Price: Rs 49,990
Sony Xperia XZs has a solid build and premium feel, which I liked. It was easy to hold thanks to the Loop design and wasn’t slippery. It fit perfectly into my hands. The Xperia XZs has a square design, something we’ve seen in Sony Xperia series smartphones previously as well. It does look different from other phones, but in a good way and that’s a positive in a market where each phone looks like a clone of the other.
Sony Xperia XZs has a likable design with power button, volume rocker keys and camera shutter button on the right. I faced issues reaching volume rocker keys, which are located down below. We’re so used to volume buttons being place in the middle that adjusting to this design might take some time.
The SIM tray is on the left. To put in a SIM, you don’t need a pin to open the SIM tray, which I found convenient. I don’t always have a pin lying around, and the functionality sure saved me some time. Overall, the Xperia XZs has a minimalistic design, one that screams premium from every angle. It supports Type-C charging (the port is at the bottom) and there’s a 3.5 mm headset jack at the top.
The display is sharp and vivid. Visibility in bright sunlight wasn’t an issue and icons appear crisp. I enjoyed playing games and watching videos thanks to great colour reproduction. It feels just about right at 5.2-inches as it is neither too big nor too small and easy to use with one hand. The fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the device, which is great.