Sony Mobile has announced two new additions to its Xperia X series family, Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact, at IFA 2016.


Designed with enhanced camera technology, both devices feature Sony’s breakthrough triple image sensing technology as well as advanced learning technologies to give a more intelligent and personalised experience than ever before.

Sony Mobile, at IFA 2016, today announced two new additions to its Xperia X series family. Continuing the company’s vision set out at MWC in February, the flagship Xperia XZ and premium Xperia X Compact offers consumers a more intelligent and personalised experience than ever before.


“With Xperia we want to assist you when and where it matters most, making your everyday lives more convenient, more effortless, more spontaneous,” said John Featherstone, Managing Director for Sony Mobile Communications, Oceania. “Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact lets you capture every moment as you see it, with blur-free images day or night and with true to life colours thanks to our new triple image sensing technology.”


Sony’s first X series flagship smartphone, Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact bring new and improved camera technology to give you the best pictures from Xperia yet. Oozing camera excellence using Sony’s heritage in camera technology and in collaboration with our digital imaging engineers, the new models feature one of the most advanced cameras in a smartphone. Maximising Sony’s acclaimed image sensor, two additional assisting sensors have been added to become Sony’s triple image sensing technology. This allows you to capture beautiful images in motion with true to life colours in virtually any conditions. The technology is comprised of Sony’s original Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor which provides a powerful blend of high quality image and autofocus (AF) speed combined with Predictive Hybrid AF to intelligently predict and track subjects in motion for blur-free results. Added to this is the Laser AF sensor with distance sensing technology, which captures beautiful blur-free photos in challenging low light conditions. And what’s more, you will enjoy superb true to life colours thanks to the RGBC-IR sensor with colour sensing technology, which accurately adjusts the white balance based on the light source in the environment.

The 23MP main camera not only gives you clear shots, but also super-fast start-up, going from standby to capture in 0.6seconds at the touch of a dedicated shutter release button, ensuring you are ready to take the perfect shot whenever it might strike.

Advanced features have been added into the Xperia XZ for those who want more flexibility with manual settings to further enhance the shooting experience and creative possibilities, such as shutter speed and focus controls.

Videos are ever more popular for capturing and sharing unique moments on social media. Both models bring significant advancements in the evolution of image stabilisation, cultivated in Sony’s Handycam® camcorders, with Sony’s SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode to enable superb video. Now with 5-axis stabilisation you can shoot smoother videos even when walking or capturing extreme close-ups.

Xperia XZ provides a 13MP front camera for the selfie perfectionist, with its super high sensitivity as high as ISO6400 and 22mm/90-degree wide angle lens it will make the best of your pose even in low-light and group selfies. Xperia XZ also offers the highest quality recording in 4k so you get sharp, crisp footage that is full of detail.


Adding a popular Sony form factor to the X series, the Xperia X Compact packs mighty technology into its small frame. Its 4.6” screen and loop surface design make it extra comfortable to hold and is ideal for an operation with just one hand.  Xperia X Compact’s premium design can be clearly seen via its high-gloss finish and solid feel. It will be available in a timeless Universe Black colour, while Mist Blue and White will be available in some markets.


Both Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact will be available in New Zealand before Christmas.