Today at IFA 2016 Sony announced two new phones to flesh out the Xperia X lineup, namely the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact.

Starting with the Xperia XZ, it looks like Sony is still sticking with their 6-month refresh cycle for flagship devices as this looks to succeed the Xperia X Performance with a 5.2 inch display, 5-axis video stabilization, improved stereo microphones, and a USB-C port for improved usability. However the SoC remains the Snapdragon 820 similar to the Note7.

Sony Xperia X Family
  Xperia XZ Xperia X Compact Xperia X Performance
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

2x Kryo @ 2.15GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.59GHz
Adreno 530 @ 624MHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650

2x Cortex-A72 @ 1.8Ghz
4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
Adreno 510
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

2x Kryo @ 2.15GHz
2x Kryo @ 1.59GHz
Adreno 530 @ 624MHz
RAM 3GB 3GB 3GB LPDDR4
NAND 32GB/64GB eMMC
+ microSD
32GB eMMC
+ microSD
32GB/64GB eMMC
+ microSD
Display 5.2” 1080p
Triluminos LCD
4.6" 720p
Triluminos LCD
5” 1080p
Triluminos LCD
Dimensions 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
161 grams
129 x 65 x 9.5 mm
135 grams
143.7 x 70.4 x 8.7mm
164 grams
Modem Qualcomm X12 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE
Qualcomm X8 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE
Qualcomm X12 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE
SIM Size NanoSIM / Dual NanoSIM NanoSIM NanoSIM
Front Camera 13 MP, 1/3.06” Exmor RS 5 MP, 1/3.06” Exmor RS, f/2.0 13MP f/2.0, 1.12µm
Rear Camera 23 MP, 1/2.3” Exmor RS, Laser AF, PDAF 23 MP, 1/2.3” Exmor RS, Laser AF, PDAF 23MP w/ EIS, f/2.0, 1.12µm, 1/2.3"
Battery 2900 mAh 2700 mAh 2700 mAh (10.4 Whr)
Connectivity 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MIMO, BT 4.1 LE, GPS/GNSS, NFC, USB Type-C 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.2, GPS/GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, BT 4.2,
GPS/GLONASS, NFC, micro-USB
Launch OS Android M w/ Xperia UI Android M w/ Xperia UI Android M w/ Xperia UI

In addition to these changes, the Xperia XZ gains laser auto-focus to improve the speed with which it acquires focus in low light as well as an RGBC IR sensor which is used to set white balance. Laser AF is nothing new at this point but it is new to high-end Xperia phones, and similar systems to the RGBC IR sensor have been seen in the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 to enable more accurate white balance settings. Sony is marketing the combination of PDAF on their Exmor RS 23MP sensor, laser AF, and the RGBC IR sensor as their “triple image sensing technology”.

The Xperia XZ also has a 13MP front-facing camera with 22mm equivalent focal length and a max sensitivity of 6400 ISO which is said to improve the quality but I’m a bit skeptical here. The press release also mentions the addition of manual focus and shutter speed which is nice to have as Sony has been relatively late to the party when it comes to implementing these kinds of features. For reference, HTC has done this since the One M8, Samsung since the Galaxy Note5, Apple since the iPhone 6 with third party apps, and LG since the G4.

As far as design goes, the Xperia XZ has an ALKALEIDO metal back cover, though Sony's photos don't do a great job highlighting this. The phone is still water resistant - rated IP65/68 - but resistance is emphasized so I can only assume that this will only work reliably against light water exposure such as spilling a cup of water on the phone.

For the Xperia X, it appears to share almost everything with the Xperia XZ, but with a different “loop design” and a 4.6” 720p Triluminos display. Instead of a Snapdragon 820 SoC we’re looking at a Snapdragon 650 SoC which makes sense when considering that it’s the Xperia X Compact rather than the Xperia XZ Compact or something similar. Both devices also support Qnovo’s adaptive charge system which helps to reduce the impact on battery lifespan that fast charging mechanisms often have.

The Xperia XZ will be available in the US starting October 23, 2016 in Forest Blue, Mineral Black, and Platinum. The Xperia X Compact will be available in the US starting September 25, 2016 in Mist Blue, Universal Black, and White. The Xperia XZ will include a USB-C fast charger in the box as well. Operators and retail partners aren’t announced but it’s likely that GSM operators will be supported at the very least.

Source: Sony Newsroom

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  • WorldWithoutMadness - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    X compact... this is even worse than Z5 compact. Now, how much will they sell it for. Reply
  • bengoey - Wednesday, September 07, 2016 - link

    In the UK, Clove advertising the X Compact for 379 Poundsterling, same price as the old Z5 Compact Reply
  • thetuna - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    What the heck is ALKALEIDO metal, and why should I care? Reply
  • zeeBomb - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    https://www.google.ca/search?q=ALKALEIDO+alloy&... Reply
  • thetuna - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    Thanks for not answering the question. Reply
  • zeeBomb - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    You're welcome. All I know from that is its just tougher metal, a thing Samsung tried to do when they user Magnesium Alloy as a "replacement" for 7000 series aluminum. Reply
  • NewBro - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    I would seriously suggest anyone to stay away from Sony Xperia line of smartphone, unless you wish for lack of update, or problem like sleep of death, etc..... Reply
  • Cinnabuns - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    Yep. Sad T-Mobile Z3 owner here. Sony has zero regard for the US market so official updates are pretty much out of the question for carrier-locked phones.

    Not only that, my digitizer failed after 1.5 years and Sony has backed off their waterproof advertising because so many customers have phones with water damage, especially people who don't use a magnetic charging dock because the USB flaps fail easily after persistent use. Granted, my USB flaps are in great shape because I use a dock but that didn't save my digitizer in any case.

    I will miss the terrific battery life on the Z3 but I'll never get a Sony again.
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  • OCedHrt - Sunday, September 04, 2016 - link

    I had water damage where my flaps looked fine, but I sent it in for repair anyways and it was covered as defective flaps. Reply
  • wffurr - Thursday, September 01, 2016 - link

    Apparently the X Compact isn't water-resistant at all. Very disappointing. And disappointing to see the processor / gpu get downgraded relative to the XZ. Though it's not clear to me how the Snapdragon 650 compares against a Snapdragon 810, and it does have more RAM.

    I've been really happy with my Z3 Compact. I hope Sony makes a better Xperia Compact next year or however long it takes for me to need to upgrade. Two of my favorite features are the magnetic charging dock and the water resistance, though, which this lacks completely.
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