Sony wants their new Xperia XZ to be a smartphone camera king

I like Sony. Over the years, they’ve made some fantastic phones, earning a place as a heavyweight contender in the crowded smartphone industry. But lately, their punches have lacked any sting to them in that market. It’s not that Sony phones are bad, quite the opposite in fact. It’s just that they don’t have a killer left hook, an identity to really build a smartphone around.

The Sony Xperia X is proof of this. A solid device, but overpriced and overpowered in a territory dominated by Huawei, Samsung and Apple right now. Sony has apparently gone back to the drawing board, with a new flagship device on the way that goes by the name of Xperia XZ. And this time, they want to be a smartphone camera king.

To do just that, Sony says that the Xperia XZ will blend the design of the X and Z phones into one device, with the imaging sensor from those phones being coupled with a laser autofocus and an RGBC sensor. According to The Verge, this allows the camera to “accurately adjust the white balance based on the light source in the environment.”

In other words, better photos quicker and more accurately in any just about any environment or lighting situation. Thing is, the phone itself is boasting hardware internals that don’t inspire too much confidence. There’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, a 5.2 inch-sized 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM and 32gb of storage that can be upgraded. And a fingerprint sensor at long bloody last again to go with Qnovo adaptive charging and a water-resistant shell.

And those specs already make the Xperia XZ look a bit underpowered when compared to the rest of the devices on the way from the competition. I’m not entirely convinced that Sony is headed in the right direction here though. Like I said with my last review, Sony has the potential to be a leader in smartphone video, as the Xperia X actually had some phenomenal video power that was underutilised by that phone.

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