Sony's just-launched Xperia XZ has all the credentials to be one of 2016’s best phones.
Want to know more? Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know.
1 All–new design
Sony has smoothed the edges of its standard Xperia design, giving the XZ the look of the early Nokia Lumia handsets that initially promised so much.
The result is an aluminium frame that looks every bit as good as big-name competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the upcoming iPhone 7.
It has sleek rounded edges and despite its 5.2–inch screen does not look overly bulky.
2 Impressive camera capabilities
Sony has real pedigree with smartphone cameras. And to continue that tradition, the XZ comes with so–called 'triple image sensing' technology that Sony claims delivers stunning pictures every time.
Essentially this is a fancy name for the three key camera features: colour detection, phase detection and laser assist for tracking movement.
This tech is allied with a massive 23-megapixel sensor, manual shutter control and 4K video recording.
The whole package out to add up to a camera that minimises blurry action shots and delivers much crisper detail in low light conditions.
3 Cutting-edge specifications
The Xperia XZ comes with 3GB of RAM, a powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset and 32GB of internal storage which can be boosted by a further 200GB using a microSD card.
The front–facing 13-megapixel selfie camera is designed to work in darker rooms and lower light, while the inclusion of USB–C technology for fast charging puts it on a par with the best Android phones out there. And it's waterproof too.
4 Smart battery technology
This is where there Xperia XZ really stands out for us.
Sony claims to have addressed smartphone's disappointing battery life with the XZ thanks to so–called adaptive charging.
Using technology built by Californian company Qnovo, the XZ learns how often users charge their phones. It then only fully charges them when it calculates the phones are about to be used.
Because smartphone batteries are best when they hold charge between 20% and 80%, Sony says this should cut down on wear and tear.
This is a major issue as consumers tend to hold onto smartphones for much longer these days.
While the XZ’s battery isn’t much bigger than in older models, this tech should mean it lasts a lot longer.
5 Out next week
Sony says it will launch the XZ next week. It will be available in black, blue and platinum.
Prices are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be high, although networks will doubtless offer it with perks in order to entice new customers.
With the Galaxy Note 7 delayed by Samsung and Apple’s iPhone 7 likely to be a damp squib, the Xperia XZ is looking like a very good bet if you're looking for a new phone right now.