Sony Xperia XZs

price Rs. 49,789 onwards | launch Apr, 2017
magic score ?
<50
average value for money
our verdict: avoid
ranked
#8
of 13 phones in Rs. 40,000 - 50,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 10 expert reviews

What We Liked

  • Attractive, understated, high-quality all-metal design
  • Ergonomic build
  • IP68-certified for dust and water resistance
  • Very good display with high contrast ratio, punchy colors, and pleasantly sharp viewing angles
  • Sony's UI over Android is well-optimised and feels fast and fluid
  • Good, speedy all-round performance, in line with the competition
  • Good rear camera - performs well in both well-lit and low-lit conditions - gets close to the cameras of the iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel, although it's not able to best them
  • The USP of the camera though is the super slow-mo camera - shoots slow-motion clips at a mind-boggling 960 fps (the slowest slow-mos available in a commercially available phone right now can't exceed 240 fps) - producing almost unreal, cool-looking, futuristic slow-motion videos
  • Also has a unique predictive capture feature which works well for capturing picture which have a moving subject
  • The 13-megapixel front camera is great too for selfie lovers - the wide angles lens on-board ensures it can cover a larger area while still managing to retain lots of detail and mostly accurate colours even in tricky light situations
  • Good audio quality
  • The front-firing stereo speakers are very good and get really loud and punchy with little or no distortion at peak volume - it's again one area where the phone really stands out
  • Very good call quality
  • Pretty good battery life - comfortably lasts the day - though there are competitors which perform better in this regard
  • "Intelligent charging" learns your charging patterns and adapts to them, which should give you even better real-life battery usage
  • Also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 - charging the phone by up to 60 per cent in 45 minutes

What We Didn't

  • Although the camera on-board the Xperia XZs is pretty quick to focus with passable shutter speed, much like the Xperia XZ (and the Z5), the algorithm on-board is marred by a slight delay in processing and saving pictures after you've clicked them - even more so during predictive capture - phones like the Pixel and the iPhone 7 feel faster, apart from giving better results overall
  • The 960 fps slow-motion mode is pretty cool, but is not always simple to use - timing and proper lighting are crucial
  • Video recording at Full-HD or 4K resolutions tends to heat up the device pretty fast

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Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.1
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • IPS LCD
  • Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass)
  • Triluminos Display
  • X-Reality Engine
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhancer
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Barometer
  • Color Spectrum Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.15 GHz, Quad Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
GPUAdreno 530
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2900 mAh
Dimensions
Weight161 gm
Thickness8.1 mm
Camera
Camera19.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 25mm Focal Length
  • Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS)
  • Predictive Phase Detection Autofocus
  • Laser Autofocus
  • 1/2.3" Sensor Size
  • Motion Eye
  • Triple Image Sensing Technology
  • Super Slow Motion Videos
  • Predictive Capture
  • Anti-distortion Shutter
  • HDR
  • SteadyShot
Secondary Camera13.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 22mm Focal Length
  • 1/3" Sensor Size
  • 1.12 um Pixel Size
  • Full HD Video Recording
  • SteadyShot
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Dust and Water Proof
  • Fast Battery Charging (Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Hi-Res Audio
  • WiFi Dual-band
  • WiFi Direct
  • USB Type-C
  • USB On-The-Go
  • Miracast
  • Google Cast
Note: All brand quality factors listed below are already taken into account (with appropriate weightage) when calculating the magic score for a phone!
average brand rating
2.75/5
(Below Average)
average phonecurry internal rating for all phones launched by this brand in recent times
brand perception
Very Good
brand perception among consumers, based on surveys
service quality rating
Average
service & support quality rating, based on user surveys