Sony Xperia XZs

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Sony Xperia XZs
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Codename Keyaki
Brand Sony
Manufacturer Sony Mobile Communications
Slogan "Super slow motion. Super Wow expression."
Series Sony Xperia
Model Single SIM: G8231
Dual SIM: G8232
Compatible networks HSPA, GSM & LTE
First released 5 April 2017; 17 months ago (2017-04-05)
Availability by Region 5 April 2017; 17 months ago (2017-04-05) (United States)
7 April 2017; 17 months ago (2017-04-07) (Taiwan)
11 April 2017; 17 months ago (2017-04-11) (India)
22 April 2017; 16 months ago (2017-04-22) (Singapore)
27 April 2017; 16 months ago (2017-04-27) (Thailand)
Predecessor Sony Xperia XZ
Sony Xperia X Performance
Successor Sony Xperia XZ1
Related Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 146 mm (5.7 in) H
72 mm (2.8 in) W
8.1 mm (0.32 in) D
Weight 161 g (5.7 oz)
Operating system Android 7.1 Nougat
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
CPU Quad-core (dual 2.15 GHz + dual 1.6 GHz) 64-bit Kryo processor
GPU Adreno 530
Memory 4 GB RAM
Storage 32 GB (Single SIM)
64 GB (Dual SIM)
Removable storage microSDXC; expandable up to 256 GB
Battery Non-removable Li-ion 2900 mAh
Data inputs Multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor
Display 5.2 in (130 mm) 1080p IPS LCD
Full HD 1920x1080 px TRILUMINOS Display for mobile with X-Reality for mobile, Dynamic Contrast Enhancement, sRGB 138%
Rear camera 19 MP Motion Eye™ Camera, 1/2.3'' memory-stacked Exmor RS for mobile sensor (1.22μm), BIONZ, RGBC-IR, Laser AF, Predictive Hybrid AF, Predictive Capture, Quick launch, 5x Clear Image Zoom, 25mm Wide Angle G Lens, f/2.0
4K (2160p) video recording, 720p 960 fps super slow motion videos, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
Front camera 13 MP 1/3.06'' Exmor RS for mobile sensor, with Quick launch and 22mm Wide Angle Lens and f/2.0 aperture, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
Connectivity Wi-Fi
DLNA
GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou
Bluetooth 4.2
USB 2.0 (Type-C port, USB charging, Quick Charge 3.0)
Website Official Website
References [1]

The Sony Xperia XZs is an Android smartphone manufactured and marketed by Sony.[2] Part of the Xperia X series, the device was announced to the public along with the Xperia XZ Premium at the annual Mobile World Congress last February 2017.

The device's highlight feature is its capability of capturing slow-motion videos at 960 frames per second, a world's first in a compact smartphone.[3]

Hardware[edit]

Design and Build[edit]

The Xperia XZs' design is exactly the same as the previous-gen flagship, the Xperia XZ, save for the larger lens port for the Motion Eye camera. It consists of 3 different materials, called "Loop Surface": a nylon frame, scratch-resistant front glass panel made of Corning's Gorilla Glass, and an aluminium alloy metal back. The subtly curved rear cover is made from ALKALEIDO alloy, a trademark by Kobe Steel,[4] complementing the smartphone's, recognizable shape that debuted with the Xperia XZ. Up front are dual front-firing stereo speakers, one on top along with the front selfie camera, ambient light and proximity sensors and notification LED, and the other one at the bottom bezel.

The Xperia XZs' dimensions are also exactly the same as the previous flagship, 146 mm (5.7 in) in height, with a width of 72 mm (2.8 in) and a depth of 8.1 mm (0.32 in) and weighs approximately 161 g (5.7 oz) even with the new camera setup.[5] The device sports a 5.2 in (130 mm) 1080p IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 424 ppi, featuring Sony's TRILUMINOS™ display and X-Reality for mobile technology. Unlike the Xperia XZ Premium, the Xperia XZs is powered by the same quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) chipset that came with the Xperia XZ, with 4 custom Kryo processors (2x 2.15 GHz and 2x 1.6 GHz), but is upgraded to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM instead of the previous 3 GB and relies on the Adreno 530 for graphics rendering. The device also has an internal storage of 32 GB for the single-SIM variant and 64 GB for the dual-SIM variant, both are LTE Cat. 9-enabled. It also has a microSD card expansion of up to 256 GB (in a hybrid slot for the dual-SIM variant).

Camera[edit]

Sony debuted in the Xperia XZs and the XZ Premium the world's first 3-layer stacked image sensor with DRAM for smartphones.[6] Known internally as Sony IMX400, the new sensor features a RAM chip sandwiched in between the sensor and control circuitry layers which serves as a large and fast buffer to where the sensor can temporarily offload a significant amount of captured data before transferring it to the device's internal memory for processing.[3] This enables the camera to record super slow-motion videos at a frame rate of 960 fps at a steady 720p resolution. Recording at super slow motion is only limited to 0.18 seconds per buffer though, about a blink of an eye, due to limitations.

The Xperia XZs is the first of the two new models to launch the now officially called Motion Eye™ camera. It has a 19 MP 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile sensor with a 1.22 μm pixel pitch, f/2.0 aperture and 25mm wide G Lens. It also features 4K video recording, which supports SteadyShot video stabilization alongside the standard 1080p/30fps and high-speed 1080p/60fps and a 120fps recording in 720p options. The front selfie camera has a 13 megapixel sensor (1/3.06") with 22 mm, f/2.0 lens and 90 degree wide angle lens, same as the Xperia XZ but now features SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization) like on the XZ Premium.

The Xperia XZs is also backed up by Sony's Triple Image Sensing technology first introduced in the Xperia XZ, comprised by the Image sensing (CMOS sensor with PDAF), Distance sensing (Laser AF sensor) and Color sensing (RGBC-IR sensor) systems. It features a hybrid autofocus that utilizes Phase Detection (PDAF) to lock focus on a subject within 0.03 seconds, and also includes phase and contrast detection along with predictive motion tracking. Like the previous flagship, it has a laser autofocus sensor for tracking and locking focus on an object faster than regular autofocus modes alongside the RGBC-IR (RedGreenBlueClear-InfraRed) color sensor that assists the white balance function of the camera by providing additional data about the light conditions of the surrounding environment. It also has SteadyShot with Intelligent Auto in addition to the five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization first seen in the Xperia XZ.

The Motion Eye™ camera also has a new feature called Predictive Capture. When it detects fast-paced movement, the camera automatically captures a maximum of 4 photos before the shutter button is pressed, and lets the user select the best one afterwards. This is done without any user intervention and is possible thanks to the same built-in RAM chip on the image sensor used in capturing its famed 960 fps super slow-motion videos.

Battery[edit]

The Xperia XZs is powered by the same non-removable 2900 mAh battery as the Xperia XZ, with a USB-C port for charging and data transfer, though at only USB 2.0 speeds compared to the XZ Premium's USB 3.1. It has Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 and Qnovo adaptive charging technology built-in. This allows the device to monitor the cell's electrochemical processes in real time and adjust charging parameters accordingly to minimize cell damage and extend the battery cell's lifespan. It also comes with Battery Care, a Sony proprietary feature, that controls the charging process of the phone by learning and recognizing the user's charging patterns, preventing the phone from damaging the battery's cells from excessive heat due to overcharging. For example, when charging overnight, Battery Care stops the initial charge to 90 percent and then continue charging until full where it left off the next day.

Connectivity and Audio[edit]

The Xperia XZs comes with the standard 3.5 mm audio jack for plugging in wired headphones. It also has LDAC, an audio coding technology developed by Sony,[7] that enables the transmission of 24bit/96 kHz High-Resolution (Hi-Res) audio content over Bluetooth at up to 990 kbit/s. And like the Xperia XZ, it has the standard set of connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX and Low Energy, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with 2x2 MIMO antennas for speeds up to 433Mbit/s, Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot, screen casting via Miracast, Google Cast and DLNA, GPS and A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellite positioning. The Xperia XZs has no FM radio.

Software[edit]

The Sony Xperia XZs launches with the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, but can be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo too.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Product Specifications". sonymobile.com. Sony Mobile Communications Inc. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Leo Kelion (27 February 2017). "MWC 2017: Sony launches slow-mo Xperia XZ Premium phone". BBC. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Slow (e)motion: Sony Xperia XZs review - Page 8". GSMArena. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "ALKALEIDO Trademark Application of Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho - Serial Number 86869557 :: Justia Trademarks". trademarks.justia.com. 
  5. ^ GSMArena team. "Slow (e)motion: Sony Xperia XZs review". GSMArena. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sony Develops the Industry's First 3-Layer Stacked CMOS Image Sensor with DRAM for Smartphones". Sony Global. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sony Global - LDAC™: High quality wireless listening". Sony Global. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 

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