Specs summary


The Sony Xperia XZs's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

19+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2900 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 25.8 days standby time, 770 minutes (2G), 1050 minutes (3G), 497 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Sony’s slo-mo focused phone impresses with its camera trick, but this phone is too expensive for being a mostly iterative experiment.

- Cameron Faulkner , TechRadar 

The Sony Xperia XZs is an able smartphone that performs well, looks good and even has a good display.

- Souvik Das , Digit 

Reviews summary

Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Super slow-motion video capture
  • Excellent detail and color reproduction in photos
  • Bright and sharp screen
  • Good performance

What's bad  

  • No fingerprint sensor for US phones
  • Almost same phone as Xperia XZ
  • Large bezels above and below screen

After less than six months, Sony has unveiled the upgrade to their 2016 flagship phone - the Xperia XZs. When compared to its predecessor, there are only a few upgrades. Is it enough to excite reviewers?

Let’s see what they have to say!

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Those hoping for a new design from the XZs will be disappointed. The XZs features the same loop design of the predecessor complete with rounded sides that taper to the front and back. Critics found this design comfortable in their hands. It also is IP68 certified, making it dust- and water-resistant.

Besides this, it comes with the same metal plate back, plastic sides and glass front. For those looking for thin bezels, look elsewhere as this has a large top and bottom bezel when compared to other flagship phones.

Another annoying issue is the fingerprint sensor. For international versions, the scanner is on the power button. Many experts found the placement awkward. If you live in the US, you won’t have a fingerprint scanner at all.

The 5.2-inch 1920-by-1080 display is unchanged as well from its predecessor, which isn’t a bad thing. Reviewers were pleased with the good viewing angles, color reproduction, contrast and overall sharpness. While not the brightest smartphone on the market, they had no issues viewing the phone outdoors on a sunny day.

The differences show up in performance. The Xperia XZs comes equipped with the same 1.6GHz quad-core processor and graphics processor as its predecessor. It does, however, get a RAM boost—up to 4GB.

Although the processor isn’t top-of-the-line, critics were happy to note it still hummed along well during day-to-day and more intensive tasks. They didn't notice sluggishness or lag. Though when compared side-by-side with its competitors it is slightly slower.

Battery-life was neither good nor bad. Reviewers could get around a full day’s worth of life with moderate usage. With that said, Phone Arena adds, “… if you play a lot of heavy games, or rely on your navigation a lot, you might want to keep a USB-C cable close by for emergency charging.”

While Sony has gone for minor changes in most departments, they saved the major upgrade for the 19MP main camera. Sony makes use of its latest smartphone sensor, which comes with 1GB of its own DRAM.

What does this mean? It can shoot super-slow motion videos at 960 fps. There are two super slow-motion modes—regular and one-shot. Regular allows you to shoot normal video, but with a click of a button, you can switch to slow-motion in the middle. The second records a short 960 fps video.

If you’re not into taking videos, that’s okay. Reviewers were pleased with the overall picture quality as well. Highlights include lots of detail, excellent color reproduction and little noise in good and low light conditions thanks to its 5-axis stabilization.

While a solid phone, critics have a hard time recommending the Xperia XZs over its predecessor due to the minor upgrades. Gadgets 360 states, “Sony needed a more drastic hardware change compared to its previous flagship, and the Xperia XZs doesn’t deliver that.” Android Authority agrees stating, “The Xperia XZs is not worth an upgrade from its predecessor, and if you are in the market for a new phone, there are quite a few options out there that undercut [it]… If you want a real upgrade… you are better off waiting for the more powerful Xperia XZ Premium.”

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


A confused midrange phone with a time-stopping ability

from TechRadar
The Sony Xperia XZs is made for those who are constantly pulling their phone out to capture all of life’s moments. To that end, it’s definitely a winner thanks to its dedicated camera button, the plethora of software capabilities and of course, the super slo-mo mode. Few phones as much versatility as this one does... Full review

Minor flagship upgrade, but a long way to go

from tech2
I mentioned before that I love Sony smartphones. I still do, they have a certain place in my heart. But the past few flagships devices from the company have not been up to the mark and not been able to justify the price. The Xperia XZs is a minor update from the XZ and frankly it doesn’t make it groundbreaking... Full review

Not a bad phone at all

from PhoneArena
The Xperia XZs is a solid device, don't get us wrong. But it's still too similar to its predecessor, the XZ. Everything, from the design, through the hardware and software, could have benefited from some more revisions. What was changed, though, is pretty good. Of course, we're talking about the camera. Sony's latest sensor produces great results in medium to strong light, despite struggling in low-light conditions. Its best selling point, though, is the 960 fps slow-motion video, which looks stunning under the right circumstances... Full review
The Mobile Indian

Premium design and top-of-the-line specifications

from The Mobile Indian
Overall, the Xperia XZs has its hits and misses as it carries an identical look coupled with some flawed camera functionality and an older processor. At the end, it is all about the camera, but one does not buy a smartphone just for the camera that to a flawed one, as they require a complete package which comes with latest hardware, unique design and sleek look. Hopefully, we are doing to see some better product from Sony in the future... Full review
The Indian Express

Premium yes, but old problems remain

from The Indian Express
Sony Xperia XZs has a great camera, premium design and vivid display. Performance isn’t a problem either. However, I feel the Rs 50,000 price-tag is a little too much for a phone that heats up quickly, and is still far from perfect. Plus the outdated 820 processor makes the price tag even more expensive... Full review
Android Authority

Only a minor upgrade

from Android Authority
The Sony Xperia XZs takes most of what we know from its predecessor and makes some improvements, but the changes are so few and far between that it isn’t worth Sony’s asking price of $700... Full review

Definitely a well-priced flagship

from VR-Zone
I have never praised an Xperia smartphone much before, primarily due to the fact that they don’t usually pack mind-blowing features at an affordable price, but the XZs is perhaps the best Xperia device I have ever used. It’s all-rounded power capabilities, fantastic camera and video technology and decent price makes it one of the more remarkable flagships of 2017... Full review

Excellent camera performance, speedy all-round performance

from NDTV
We’re glad to see Sony bring its amazing camera technology from its Cyber-shot cameras to the realm of smartphones. Shooting 960fps slow-motion video can get addictive really fast, and we hope to see it on other phones too. This is the sort of unique feature that was missing from the Xperia XZ, and now, coupled with better low-light performance, the package feels complete... Full review
Fone Arena

Consider the competition before investing the money

from Fone Arena

The Xperia XZs isn’t revolutionary but with Sony’s pace of releasing smartphones, it perhaps isn’t even possible. Every 6 months, Sony comes out with a brand new flagship with an iterative update but with the XZs, we’re beginning to see a new level of refinement. For the most part, the Xperia XZs impresses. The design while subdued and understated, continues to look good and performance is in line with the competition. The phone does well on the audio playback front and even includes support for the LDAC codec that Google is planning to roll in with the Android O upd... Full review


Performs well, looks good and even has a good display

from Digit
On overall terms, the Sony Xperia XZs is a fine smartphone that gets a lot of basics right. However, you may argue that with a number of newer flagships en route, the Xperia XZs may be a bit of a compromise. While that remains true, the Xperia XZs still provides good gameplay and movie streaming experience along with good audio, which will please many discerning buyers... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 5, 2017
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.81 W/kg
Body: 0.35 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2900 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 690 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 497 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
770 minutes (2G)
1050 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 25.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Ice Blue, Warm Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm
(5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 161 grams
(5.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 19+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AIFF, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Amazon Shopping, Facebook, Kobo Reader, PS4 Remote Play, AVG Protection, Spotify)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony G8231

Also available in dual-SIM variant.
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