Sony Xperia XZs Review

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  • Solid build quality
  • 960 fps slow motion video
  • Vibrant display
  • Water resistant


  • High price point
  • Camera struggles in low light
  • No fingerprint scanner for the US model


Sony Xperia XZs Review – Super slow motion. Super Wow expression.

Presenting the next stage in smartphone evolution. The Xperia XZs has Super slow motion video recording, plus Predictive Capture that’s ready to take photos before you are. And it’s all wrapped up in a beautiful, water resistant handset.


So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Sony Xperia XZs! The Xperia XZs and the Xperia XZ that came before it are certainly not bad devices by any stretch of the imagination, but the $700 price point of the former is unfortunately going to be a deal breaker for some.

The Xperia XZs is definitely not worth an upgrade from its predecessor, and if you are in the market for a new phone, there are quite a few options out there that undercut the Xperia XZs by several hundred dollars, such as the Moto G5 Plus and the OnePlus 3T. If you want a real upgrade from the Xperia XZ, you are better off waiting for the more powerful Xperia XZ Premium, which will be more worth your money.

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The Xperia XZs is a solid device, don’t get us wrong. But it’s still too similar to its predecessor, the XZ. Everything, from the design, through the hardware and software, could have benefited from some more revisions.

What was changed, though, is pretty good. Of course, we’re talking about the camera. Sony’s latest sensor produces great results in medium to strong light, despite struggling in low-light conditions. Its best selling point, though, is the 960 fps slow-motion video, which looks stunning under the right circumstances.

Overall, the Xperia XZs is not a bad phone at all. It might not be a suitable choice for owners of the Xperia XZ, but it is a good all-around handset for people looking to replace an older device. However, it does have a very solid competition in its $600 – $700 price range, so only time will tell whether or not the Xperia XZs can compete with the rest.

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We’re glad to see Sony bring its amazing camera technology from its Cyber-shot cameras to the realm of smartphones. Shooting 960fps slow-motion video can get addictive really fast, and we hope to see it on other phones too. This is the sort of unique feature that was missing from the Xperia XZ, and now, coupled with better low-light performance, the package feels complete.

There’s one big thing holding us back from recommending the Xperia XZs, and it isn’t the price. Yes, Rs. 49,990 is a lot of money for what is quite frankly a minor refresh of last year’s model, but the main issue here is overheating. The best part of the Xperia XZs is its camera, but we couldn’t take full advantage of it, and that’s a big deal-breaker for us. In our experience with the phone, shooting videos above full-HD for more than a few minutes rendered the phone unable to do pretty much anything for a while afterwards. Sony needed a more drastic hardware change compared to its previous flagship, and the Xperia XZs doesn’t delivery that.

As well as this phone performs all-round, you are better off looking at something like the Samsung Galaxy S7.

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Pressured or not, Sony looks like it’s done chasing its tail with the Z-series updates.

We may be starting to witness a turn, even though the Xperia XZs is still one foot in last season. Okay, Sony is on to something with the new Motion Eye camera, but we don’t know yet where it’s all going.

It looks though like the next Sony flagship will be doing the Sony Xperia XZs a favor. The burden of responsibility will be shared and what’s a pretty hefty price tag at present will get trimmed to a more reasonable level. No need to guess how the chips will fall – we’ll just sit back and watch them fall. In cool slow motion.

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The Sony Xperia XZs is made for those who are constantly pulling their phone out to capture all of life’s moments. To that end, it’s definitely a winner thanks to its dedicated camera button, the plethora of software capabilities and of course, the super slo-mo mode. Few phones as much versatility as this one does.

This marquee feature does, however, come at a cost that’s currently too high. Specced out with what we’ve seen in flagship phones from late 2015 and into 2016, the XZs doesn’t have what it takes to roll with other devices at its price point, which sits anywhere from $580 to $699.

For that money, you could get a Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel or most other flagship smartphones. The XZs is fully capable of handling any game or app in the Google Play Store with aplomb, but if you have you have your sights set further than its amazing slo-mo feature, your cash could get you so much more.

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