Sony Xperia XZs is the successor of the Sony Xperia XZ, which was launched last year. The smartphone is almost same as its predecessor, with a minor upgrade. The Xperia XZs comes with a price tag of Rs 49,999. Let’s check out what it offers and how the smartphone performs.
Design and Build
The smartphone has a rectangular body as similar as the previous model. The slight difference is the camera bump at the back. The design is classy and premium, and has elegance and smoothness along with it. The size of the smartphone is excellent, one can use it with a single hand. However, the bigger battery makes it a bit heavier than the previous one.
The rear panel consists of a camera on the top left side and Xperia logo in the middle. The front panel consists of a front camera, Sony logo and sensors at the top of the display. The speaker is below the display panel. The power key is on the right side which also doubles up as a fingerprint sensor. Along with it, there are volume rocker keys and a camera button. It has Type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5mm audio socket at the top side.
It has 5.2-inch LCD display with a full HD resolution. The display delivers great performance as it offers a good colour contrast in it. There is very thin bezel around the display. It can be seen under direct sunlight as well as with different viewing angles.
Hardware and Software
The Sony Xperia XZs houses a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset along with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It has 64GB of onboard storage with a 128GB expandable microSD card slot. Out of 64GB, users get around 50GB of free storage.
The smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with some of its preinstalled themes and gives a familiar mode. There is very less bloatware except some of Sony’s own apps like Sony Liv, Lounge, News and What’s New. The UI seems pretty clear and user-friendly.
The Sony Xperia XZs has all that’s required for a great performance whether it is gaming or running multiple apps. It handles every app with ease and the multitasking is very fast. The touch response of the smartphone is very quick and responds quickly.
The gaming performance of the smartphone is very impressive. We played three high-end games like Modern Combat 5, Dead Trigger 2 and Asphalt 8 simultaneously and it runs without any lag. There was slight heating while gaming, but it can be bearable.
The benchmark performance of the Sony Xperia XZs is great but slightly lesser than the competitor like the One Plus 3T. It scored 122776 in AnTuTu and 28045 in Quadrant Standard. The NenaMark 2.4 score was 60.8. In Geek bench it scored 1450 in single core and 3546 in Multi-Core.
The fingerprint scanner works quickly without any lag. The 4G VoLTE connectivity is average and I felt a lot of times that the speed was slower than we’re getting on any other device.
Sony Xperia XZs has a great upgradation in the camera section. It has its own DRAM which allows it to shoot 960fps videos for super slow motion. It sports a 19-megapixel Motion Eye Camera with Exmor RS memory stacked sensor at the rear. The camera captures highly detailed images in daylight. The low-light performance is also very impressive but there is a bit noise in it.
The selfie camera is of 13-megapixel with Exmor RS mobile image sensor, aperture f/2.2 and 22 mm wide angle lens. The front camera performance is very impressive. It shoots highly-detailed selfies with great colour reproduction. The super slow motion is able to slow down the motion for few seconds but works greatly. But the effect needed a certain amount of light otherwise it results in blurred results.
The Sony Xperia XZs houses a 2,900mAh battery which gives a decent battery backup to the users. It lasts for 13 hours with moderate usage which is good. The different battery modes allow to increase the backup per the user’s requirement.
The Sony Xperia XZs is a full package with a compact design, great cameras and a good performance. However, Rs 50k seems a bit overpriced for the given specifications, considering that the battery life is also average. If you’re a great fan of Sony devices, then you can surely go for it or you can look for other flagships in this range. You can also check out the OnePlus 3T, which is better, and yet cheaper than the Sony Xperia XZs.
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