Sony launches 'adaptive' Xperia XZ and X Compact smartphones

The new smartphones feature triple image sensing technology for 'true to life' photos of even fast-moving objects.
Written by Danny Palmer, Senior Writer

The Xperia's triple image sensing is designed to take photos of moving targets.

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Sony has launched its latest Xperia smartphones: the flagship Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact.

The handsets, which feature Sony's 'triple image-sensing technology' which is designed to capture blur-free photos, were launched at IFA Berlin 2016.

Both handsets have a 23-megapixel camera that uses three image sensors at once to capture images of motion with accurate colours, thanks to autofocus technology and RGBC-IR sensor tech that helps the phone take better pictures in low light conditions.

The flagship Xperia XZ also comes with a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, although it's slightly less powerful than the selfie-focused Xperia XA Ultra.

For its display, the Xperia XZ features a 5.2-inch glass screen, while the Xperia X Compact measures 4.6 inches.

The flagship Xperia XZ uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is designed to improve power and battery efficiency. Both the XZ and the X Compact also attempt to improve efficiency and battery life through the inclusion of Qnovo adaptive charging and a new feature called Battery Care.


The Sony Xperia XZ.

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Adaptive charging monitors the charging current to help maintain long-term battery life, while Battery Care is designed to avoid excess charging.

Building on its previous AI-powered handsets, the phones feature a degree of adaptive intelligence. The Xperia Tips feature learns user habits and provides advice and recommendations about how users can optimise their use of the phone. Meanwhile, the Smart Cleaner application is designed to help maximise performance by clearing caches from apps based on previous usage.

The phones are also capable of recognising the user via a fingerprint sensor on the power button, allowing them to pick up and unlock the device in a single movement.


The Sony Xperia X Compact

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"With Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact you can 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," said Hideyuki Furumi, executive VP for global sales and marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

The Xperia X Compact is set to launch first and will be available to buy from this month while the Xperia XZ will launch globally from October 2016. Both will be available in solo and dual SIM card variants. Sony has yet to release pricing for the handsets.


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