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
+ microSD
+ 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,
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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  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - link

    Sorry, my bad on that one!

    There is NFC on the Compact. I was finishing the spec table this morning and missed that.
  • Xinn3r - Thursday, September 1, 2016 - link

    Any mention on fingerprint reader?
  • Tams80 - Friday, September 2, 2016 - link

    I see they are seeming using the same camera sensor (or a very similar one) that they have used since at least the Z1 (or maybe even the Z). I've heard it's the software that's the problem. Apprently there are still issues on the cameras in these.

    My Z1 completely failed due to water damage, even though I was very careful, so I'm still rather cautious of Sony phones. I also haven't gotten over the terrible viewing angles of the Z1.
  • cyberfrost - Friday, September 2, 2016 - link

    Not happy with Xperia X Compact. The compact series was supposed to carry flagship specs in small form factor. Sadly Sony seems to have digressed from the compact philosophy. Totally disappointed!!
  • blzd - Monday, September 5, 2016 - link

    Why is the finger print sensor disabled on all Sony phones in North America? That's kind of a big deal for me now that I'm used to using one.

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