While some thought the company has made poor timing with the release of the Sony Xperia XZ flagship, it appears that everything is about right for the Japanese tech giant.
Apparently, the Xperia XZ will be available for purchase in the U.S. beginning this October 2nd. This is just two days before Google Pixel and Pixel XL are launched at an event to be held on October 4th. This is not the best news for Google but is couldn’t be a better timing for Sony, especially coming on the back of a highly unsuccessful Samsung Galaxy Note 7, a phone that was to dwarf the Xperia XZ in the flagship market.
Priced at $699.99, Sony has confirmed that this handset will be available for purchase as from the first week of October. The participating retailers include major names such as Best Buy and Amazon. If you are not in good terms with the somewhat hefty price tag of the Xperia XZ, there is a Xperia X Compact on sale again through the same outlets and has a slightly lower price tag of $499.99. This phone, though, starts selling at an earlier date of September 25th.
If you are a T-Mobile or AT&T fan, there is little to worry about as the Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact will both come with support for these two networks, including other GSM carriers. As for those on CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon, luck is not on your side, at least for now. This may change at some point, but it is not known when.
Despite the perfect timing of its release, the Xperia XZ is a phone that makes it to the market at a time when major companies are already reaping their efforts. Packed with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 3GB RAM alongside 32GB of inbuilt storage with support for microSD card storage, it offers nothing new in terms of hardware configuration. With this in mind, the Xperia XZ relies on its outstanding camera performance as a major selling point. Still, the likes of iPhone 7 Plus and LG V20, alongside HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy S7, also offer much better photography. In terms of display, the Xperia XZ has a 5.2-inch Full HD panel.
The smaller Xperia X Compact comes with a 4.6-inch display screen, but it is more than what you know about previous Xperia Compact phones. It has the same design and camera as its larger Xperia X counterparts, however, you will miss the classy metal back as well as get a weaker Snapdragon 650 SoC.
The two phones come preinstalled with Android Marshmallow, which will make it a lot tougher for Sony to convince the world that having a Xperia XZ or Xperia X Compact phone that lacks support for the new Daydream VR and has no Android Nougat is the better than the incoming Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
What do you think of the Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact?