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Sony Xperia XZ: Release date

Sony Xperia XZ: Release date

The Sony Xperia XZ is an Android smartphone manufactured and marketed by Sony.[2] Part of the Xperia X series, the device was announced to the public along with the Xperia X Compact at a press conference held at the annual IFA event on September 1, 2016.[3] The Xperia XZ was first released in Taiwan on September 30, 2016, with worldwide sales starting with the United Arab Emirates on October 1 and the United States the following day; its home country Japan only started sales on November 2, 2016.

The device is described by Expert Reviews as the “true successor” of the Xperia Z5[4] and the whole Xperia Z series, and was succeeded Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia X Performance as Sony’s flagship.[5] It is succeeded by the Xperia XZs and the flagship Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

It is also one of the first smartphones manufactured by Sony to utilize USB-C connectivity for charging and data transfer.[6] Compared to its predecessors, the rear camera of the Xperia XZ now has laser autofocus, a first for Sony, built-in alongside the hybrid contrast/phase detection autofocus also found on the previous flagship. It also the first Sony device to sport an RGBC-IR color sensor to assist the image sensor in capturing accurate colors, temperature and white balance[7] and the first smartphone to feature a five-axis digital image stabilization system for capturing blur-free photos and videos.[8] The phone also has an IP68 rating, with it being dust and water resistant.