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Following a series of leaks leading up to the event Sony have officially announced the Xperia XZ at IFA in Berlin. It’s unclear if this is the next device in Sony’s X or Z line or if it is supposed to be the pinnacle of both?

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Either way, the Xperia XZ is a typically Sony device with an elongated ‘forehead and chin’ look and rounded edges. The XZ is packing a 5.2″ FHD display with a Snapdragon 820 SOC paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

That sits alongside a 23MP rear facing sensor that Sony says is their best yet incorporating their Exmor RS sensor, laser autofocus and an IR sensor for colour and white balancing. Rounding out the device is a 13 MP frobt shooter, Fingerprint sensor NFC and all the standard connectivity.

For the full specs click below.
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Key Specifications:Sony Xperia XZ
Release dateSeptember 2016
Screen size5.2-inch
Screen technologyLCD
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Rear camera23MP
Front camera13MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 820
Core config 2 x 2.15 GHz Kryo + 2 x 1.6 GHz Kryo
Storage32GB/ 64GB
MicroSDYes, Up to 256GB
Battery2,900 mAh
Battery removable
ConnectorUSB C
Headphone PortYes
Headphone LocationTop
Speaker ConfigurationFront
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Vendor skinXperia UI
Dimensions146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
  • Forest Blue
  • Mineral Black
  • Platinum

Sony will as usual be delivering a range of Style Cover Stand and Style Cover Touch cases for the phone, which will be available to purchase separately at launch.

The Xperia XZ will launch globally in October this year, at this stage we’ve had no confirmation on pricing or an Australian launch of the device. With Sony releasing so many devices onto the market perhaps this will be the one that succeeds?

How is the Sony Xperia XZ looking to you? Let us know below.

Source: Sony.

Duncan Jaffrey   Journalist

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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Marné Prinsloo

That’s it. I’m off the Sony bandwagon. I loved their phones and tablets (still love their tablets) but this is getting out of hand. I’m all for innovation and all that but dammit, can we have at least 9 months between a new flagship release? OR, bring out the new Android flavour on all of them as soon as it’s released. My Z5 is getting buggy as and overall, I’m better off going back to my Oneplus One… That’s saying something.

Gregory Eden
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They should have called it an Xperia Z6. Calling it an XZ is close enough to acknowledge it is of the Z series. Will the next one be an XZ2?

Tim Marshall
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was the info about the cameras flipped by accident? 23MP front camera?


Fixed, long day. Thanks


Almost fixed. It’s now a frobt shooter.

Manoj Bhandari
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If those foreheads and chins were smaller on any of Sony’s flagship, I’d have jumped ship.

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