Sony Xperia XZ Pushes to Top of X Series Michael Kwan September 1, 2016 News When Sony first announced its new Xperia X series smartphones earlier this year, we figured it marked the death of the Xperia Z series. But they’re not quite ready to give up on the last letter of the alphabet yet. Dubbed “Sony’s first flagship” for some inexplicable reason, the Sony Xperia XZ has now hit the scene and is hoping to make a big splash. That’s funny, because I thought the Xperia X Performance was supposed to be the flagship of the series already, since it boasts the best specs of the bunch. Well, if the Xperia XA (and the related Xperia XA Ultra) are meant to represent the entry-level of the X series, I suppose going to the other end of the alphabet to represent the flagship only makes sense. Announced at IFA this week, the Sony Xperia XZ features a similar blocky design as its X series cousins. It comes with a 5.2-inch full HD display, a “loop surface” to fit more comfortably in the hand, and an “enhanced camera experience with innovative triple image sensing technology.” That last bit, coming by way of the 23MP camera with Sony Exmor RS and Predictive Hybrid AF, is supposed to help you capture “blur-free photos even with subjects in motion.” Running our way down the spec sheet, we find a 13MP selfie camera with support up to ISO 6400 and a 90-degree wide angle lens, a metal back, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, an IP65/IP68 water resistant design, adaptive charging, a 2900 mAh battery, USB-C, and Android M. As a “flagship,” I’d say these specs still put it behind other flagships offered by other companies. Where is the QHD display? The 4GB+ of RAM? The Snapdragon 821 or better? Android N? If you’d prefer something smaller, Sony also revealed the new Xperia X Compact. Naturally, this follows in the tradition of the Xperia Z Compact series that preceded it. There’s a 4.6-inch 720p display, Snapdragon 650, 3GB of RAM, 32GB storage, Android M, a 2700 mAh battery, 23MP main camera, and a 5MP rear camera. And you still get those “blur-free photos” promised by the more expensive Xperia XZ. Expect the Xperia X Compact to launch globally later this month with the flagship Xperia XZ to follow in October. Via Sony Mobile Share This With The World!