Like a lot of other tech, this year at IFA 2016, Sony announced their latest Xperia smartphones. One’s called the Xperia XZ, while the other’s known as the X Compact. The former looks to be the flagship of the two, while the latter is likely a more budget-friendly offering that wants to be like its big brother.
Starting with the XZ, Sony has built-in a 5.2-inch 1080p display with Gorilla Glass 4 covering it, a Snapdragon 820 processor with an Adreno 530 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage via microSD card, a 2900mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. For the X Compact, we’re looking at slimmed down internals with a 4.6-inch 720p screen, a Snapdragon 650 processor with an Adreno 510 GPU, the same 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, a 2700mAh battery with the same Quick Charge 3.0 technology, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. This may cause the impression that these are two completely different devices, however one area where they stand out as being related is the camera…
On the back of both the Xperia XZ and X Compact is a 23MP camera which Sony touts as one of the best in the world. Apparently, this camera features something called “triple image sensing technology” that makes taking pictures a lot better than other sensors.
Triple image sensing technology, our unique camera development that allows you to faithfully capture split-second moments in any environment, works by fusing the following three technologies:
Image sensing that boasts fast and accurate autofocus (“AF”) with exceptional object tracking, thanks to our superior image sensor which is powered by Predictive Hybrid AF to track and predict the subject’s next move
Distance sensing with the Laser AF sensor which enables fast and accurate AF even in low light
Color sensing with the RGBC-IR sensor which captures colors the way you see them, regardless of the lighting environment
The two models also deliver significant advancements in video shooting as the first smartphones with 5-axis image stabilization, enabling you to capture smoother videos, even in close-up zoom.
Essentially, Sony wants you to think this is the best camera ever built in a smartphone. Of course, only real world testing will determine this, so stay tuned.
It’s worth noting that while the XZ’s 23MP shooter can film 4K video, the X Compact’s tops off at 1080p. In addition, the former has a 13MP front camera, while the latter features a 5MP selfie sensor.