Sony Mobile, at IFA 2016, announced two new additions to its Xperia X series family. Continuing the company’s vision set out at MWC in February, the flagship Xperia XZ and premium Xperia X Compact offers consumers a more intelligent and personalised experience than ever before.

“With Xperia we want to assist you when and where it matters most, making your everyday lives more convenient, more effortless, more spontaneous,” said John Featherstone, Managing Director for Sony Mobile Communications, Oceania. “Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact lets you capture every moment as you see it, with blur-free images day or night and with true to life colours thanks to our new triple image sensing technology.”

Sony’s first X series flagship smartphone, Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact bring new and improved camera technology to give you the best pictures from Xperia yet. Oozing camera excellence using Sony’s heritage in camera technology and in collaboration with our digital imaging engineers, the new models feature one of the most advanced cameras in a smartphone. Maximising Sony’s acclaimed image sensor, two additional assisting sensors have been added to become Sony’s triple image sensing technology.

This allows you to capture beautiful images in motion with true to life colours in virtually any conditions. The technology is comprised of Sony’s original Exmor RS for mobile image sensor which provides a powerful blend of high quality image and autofocus (AF) speed combined with Predictive Hybrid AF to intelligently predict and track subjects in motion for blur-free results. Added to this is the Laser AF sensor with distance sensing technology, which captures beautiful blur-free photos in challenging low light conditions. And what’s more, you will enjoy superb true to life colours thanks to the RGBC-IR[1] sensor with colour sensing technology, which accurately adjusts the white balance based on the light source in the environment.

The 23MP main camera not only gives you clear shots, but also super-fast start-up, going from standby to capture in 0.6seconds[2] at the touch of a dedicated shutter release button, ensuring you are ready to take the perfect shot whenever it might strike.

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Advanced features have been added into the Xperia XZ for those who want more flexibility with manual settings to further enhance the shooting experience and creative possibilities, such as shutter speed and focus controls.

Videos are ever more popular for capturing and sharing unique moments on social media. Both models bring significant advancements in the evolution of image stabilisation, cultivated in Sony’s Handycam camcorders, with Sony’s SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode to enable superb video. Now with 5-axis stabilisation you can shoot smoother videos even when walking or capturing extreme close-ups.

Xperia XZ provides a 13MP front camera for the selfie perfectionist, with its super high sensitivity as high as ISO6400 and 22mm/90-degree wide angle lens it will make the best of your pose even in low-light and group selfies. Xperia XZ also offers the highest quality recording in 4k so you get sharp, crisp footage that is full of detail.

With its stunning loop surface design, the 5.2” glass display and metal back of the Xperia XZ become one, to provide a perfect fit and beautiful feel in the hand. The loop surface is inspired by a monolithic form, whilst ALKALEIDO metal with high brightness and high purity provides shine and a feeling of depth which both enhance its premium design.


Adding a popular Sony form factor to the X series, the Xperia X Compact packs mighty technology into its small frame. Its 4.6” screen and loop surface design make it extra comfortable to hold and is ideal for an operation with just one hand.  Xperia X Compact’s premium design can be clearly seen via its high-gloss finish and solid feel. It will be available in a timeless Universe Black colour, while Mist Blue and White will be available in some markets.

Sony’s expertise in functionaldesign is carried through to the Xperia XZ with a water resistant[5]design to take the worry out of a little splash of water, so you can relax about sudden spills or unexpected showers.

Knowing who you are by just holding the phone, the fingerprint sensor power button on Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact is intuitively placed on the side of the phone, so you’re able to pick up and securely unlock in a single movement and adds to the comfortable fit in the hand.

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Sony Mobile have also incorporated intelligent features into our smartphones so that they can assist you to make your daily life more convenient, more efficient and more enjoyable. Both models feature new Battery Care complemented by Qnovo adaptive charging which work in harmony to keep your battery healthy and make the lifespan last up to twice as long. Qnovo adaptive charging monitors and adjusts the charging current to avoid damage for battery longevity, while Battery Care controls the charging based on learned habits and avoids excess charging by pausing charge at 90% and only completes the charging just before it’s needed. Xperia Tips also recognises user habits to provide personalised tips and recommendations, helping you optimise your own personal user experience while Smart Cleaner automatically maximises performance by cleaning the cache from certain apps based on learning their usage so optimal performance is achieved at all times.

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Xperia XZ is driven by its Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor to provide a seamless experience on your phone. As one of the most cutting-edge mobile processors ever created, the Snapdragon 820 processor with X12 LTE supports the ultimate in connectivity, graphics, photography, power and battery efficiency.

Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact each have a range of matching optional Style Covers in corresponding colours including Style Cover Touch (SCTF10),which lets you access your favourite smartphone widgets through a smart window without needing to open the case. For easy video viewing, Style Cover Stand (SCSF10) has an auto on/off function with adjustable viewing angle. Each model will be supplied with the new USB Type-C charger for easy charging.


Equipped with PS4 Remote Play, Xperia XZ lets you lose yourself in gameplay anywhere in your home. From your kitchen to balcony, Remote Play enables you to remotely operate your PS4 on your phone through your network connection.

Xperia XZ also comes fully equipped with access to Xperia Lounge Gold, Sony Media Apps and PlayMemories Online.

Sony Mobile expect both Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact to be available in New Zealand prior to Christmas. Carriers, pricing and other details will be announced by us once available.

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