Sony Xperia X series continues after XZ Premium with XZs and XA1

Post launch of Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, the series gets two more new smartphones, the XZs and XA1. The XZs is a smaller alternative to XZ Premium with a 5.2-inch Full HD display while the XA1 is an mid range device with 5-inch HD display.

The key differentiator of the devices is in their optical capabilities. The XZs is capable of capturing Super Slow Motion video while the best camera in its class with a 23MP sensor. What do you get with the new X series devices.

Pushing Sony’s Camera Prowess on the Xperia X series

XZs uses the Sony alpha and Cyber-shot camera technology with a new Motion Eye camera system. It offers 5 time faster image scanning and data transfer using a memory stacked Elmore RS sensor.

That and the wealth of camera features, like Super Slow Motion recording capability at 960 fps, Predictive Capture for image recording even before you hit the shutter and the 19 MP sensor with 19% larger pixels that capture more lights and combining additional improvements using the Bionz processing engine for superb low light performance. It is said that the camera is able to capture what the eyes cannot see and you get a second chance at picking from 4 photos before your actual shot.

When capturing video, the device has an added advantage with its 5-axis image stabilisation for shake-free videos. SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode1 reduces shake, with image stabilisation that compensates for movement in five directions. Like the XZ Premium, the XZs is water resistant with Durable IP65/68 rated construction that protects it against rain and dust.

The phone is available in Ice Blue, Warm Silver and Black.

Tech Spec: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB (Single SIM)/64GB (Dual SIM) eMMC internal memory, 2900mAH battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm at 161 grams.


In the optics department, the XA1 comes with a whooping 23MP high resolution camera that features Exmore RS mobile sensor. The F2.0 lens hits you up with superb low light capabilities. This is easily the best camera on a mid-range smartphone, more bang for your bucks. It takes pretty impressive shots day or night with features like object tracking, smile shutter and quick auto focus. For selfies or even wefies, the front 8MP shooter has a 24mm wide-angle f2.0 lens.

If you like borderless design with edge to edge screen, who doesn’t? Then XA1 offers just that, display that flows across the front of the phone. Wrapped in a metallic unibody construction, it shares many design traits with its premium counterpart. While it has a moderate 5-inch HD display by today’s standard, it makes for great viewing powered by the MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor and is sufficient for gaming or video streaming at 720p. And, if 5-inch is not big enough, there is always XA1 Ultra with a huge 6-inch Full HD display.

The phone is available in White, Black, Pink and Gold.

Tech Spec: Mediatek MT6757 Helio P20 Octa-core(Quad core 2.3GHz + Quad core 1.6GHz), 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC internal memory with MicroSD slot upgradeable to 256GB, 5-inch HD IPS LCD, Type-C 1.0 connector. 145 x 67 x 8 mm at 143 grams.

Both phones are powered with Android Nougat, capable of learning and understanding your daily usage and behaviour, adapting and showing you detailed plan and information for your day. You also get Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology that monitor the condition of the battery and adjusting the charge to prolong the battery life. For fast charging, the XZs has Qualcomm® Quick Charge 3.0 while the XA1 has MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0.