Published: Thu, September 01, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ spotted on Sony's website

Xperia X Compact and Xperia XZ spotted on Sony's website

First is the Loop Surface design that is totally new to Sony, but not so much to Nokia and Microsoft.

The Xperia XZ is Sony's first flagship in the new Xperia range it announced earlier this year, and comes sporting a 5.2 inch display, with the Xperia X Compact measuring with a 4.6 inch display. The Xperia X Compact and XZ will undoubtedly be powered by the Snapdragon 820/821-SOC Qualcomm.

The device is water resistant and protected against dust, meaning you can wash it off under a tap provided all the ports are covered - however submerging the Xperia XZ underwater is a definite no-no.

But the most important similarity is the main camera. That camera boasts of a "triple image sensing" technology.

Sony's smartphone strengths have typically been with its camera because of its expertise in this area, but manufacturers such as Samsung have also bolstered their offering, making it hard for the Japanese company to differentiate itself.

If you've used an Xperia Z5 Compact, it should come as no surprise to find the X Compact is - as well as being smaller - both chunkier and more plasticky than its big brother the XZ.

Sony makes a damn fine phone, but historically it's been pretty hard to get your hands on one in the US. Instead of the very boxy look on the Xperia X, the 5.2-inch XZ features a flattened tube-shaped body with rounded edges that wrap around the sides of the screen. This time things are little different. It may look the same on specs, but Sony developed a new IMX300 sensor for the XZ and X Compact, which offers a new autofocus system. There's also a Sony app called Smart Cleaner that gives you tips on how to more efficiently use your smartphone in order to maximize speed, performance, and battery life. It's got a Snapdragon 820 chip with 3GB RAM, top-notch connectivity options, stereo speakers, and 32GB storage with expansion up to 200GB via a microSD card.

The battery also supports adaptive charging for prolonging its life cycle - it learns when you are charging your battery overnight, stops fast charging around 90% and takes its time to charge you battery up to 100% until the morning.

The Xperia XZ has a powerful 13MP front-facing camera but your selfies won't be as rich on the Xperia X Compact as it's only a 5MP sensor. It will also be available in Sony's color of the season-blue-but in a more icy hue than the forest blue of the XZ. Sadly, it isn't IP68-rated for water-resistance, so it can't join you in the shower.

We'll have to wait until we get a final release-level device to see what it's really capable of, but for now - it's already mightily impressive.

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