Sony's flagship Xperia XZ goes on sale: All you need to know

Sony's Xperia XZ flagship phone is now available to buy at Sony's online Xperia store, retailers and network operators, over a month after it was unveiled at IFA in Berlin.

Sony Xperia XZ is available SIM-free on Xperia store and with tariff plans from all four operators.

Earlier this year, Sony initiated the long-pending move away from its Z-series line of phones which, despite offering premium specifications and brilliant cameras, weren't very popular and their sales lagged behind almost every other devices in their category. While Sony decided to launch mid-range Xperia X and XA phones to cater to the much larger mid-range space, we were sure that a larger and more powerful Xperia X Performance was the true successor to the Xperia Z5 line with impressive features and specifications.

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However, Sony refused to call the X Performance a flagship device, but went on to launch the Xperia XZ at IFA in Berlin last month which it termed as its first flagship of the year. Truth be told, Xperia XZ comes with a very good design and its spec-list reflects those of a flagship device. It features a 5.2-inch TRILUMINOUS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels and a  X-Reality® for mobile picture engine which, according to Sony, 'adds missing pixels, reduces noise, and sharpens the image.'

Xperia XZ is powered by the top-of-the-line 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 820 processor and an Adreno 530 GPU which are supported by 3GB of RAM to offer seamless performance for long durations. Other specifications include a a 2,900 mAh battery featuring Battery Care, STAMINA mode, Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Qualcomm's Quick Charge, and  23-MP rear and 13-MP front cameras. 

Xperia XZ will be available in 32GB (Single SIM) and 64GB (Dual SIM) variants  and both will ship with MicroSD slots with capacities of up to 256GB. The variants will also be available in in Forest Blue, Platinum and Mineral Black colour options.

Sony's Xperia XZ costs £549 SIM-free on the Sony Mobile Store but you will be able to buy one from retailers and network operators like Carphone Warehouse, Virgin Media, O2, EE, Three and Vodafone.

You will be able to choose from a range of Pay Monthly tariff plans being offered by these retailers and network operators, the starting plans of which are mentioned below:

O2: Free from £43pm with 5GB of data

Carphone Warehouse: Free from £35.99pm with 1GB of data

EE: £38.49pm with £44.99 upfront cost and 500MB of data

Virgin Media: Free from £33pm with 1GB of data

Vodafone: £42pm with £20 upfront cost and 3GB of data

Three: £36pm with £49 upfront cost and 2GB of data

When the Xperia XZ was made available to pre-order last month, Sony announced that it will ship free Sony MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass wireless headphones with every Xperia XZ purchase until October 5.

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The headphones can play music non-stop for around 20 hours, has a maximum standby time of 200 hours and also features an Electro Bass Booster for extra heart-thumping bass. While the offer isn't active anymore, we will let you know when Sony announce any more offers either for the Xperia XZ or for any other Xperia phone launched this year.

Sony Xperia XZ specifications

Price: £549

Operating System: Android™ 6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm

Weight: 161g

Resolution: 1920 x 1280 pixels

Display: 5.2-inch Full HD display with curved glass

Processor: 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon 820 processor; Adreno 530 GPU; 3GB RAM

Camera: 23-MP rear and 13-MP front cameras. 4K video capture

Memory: 32GB (Single SIM) and 64GB (Dual SIM) variants; ?Expandable storage upto 256GB via MicroSD slot

Battery: 2,900 mAh lithium-ion battery

Fingerprint sensor:Yes (home button)

Misc: Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Qualcomm's Quick Charge; Forest Blue, Platinum and Mineral Black colour options; IP65/IP68; Corning® Gorilla® Glass; High-Resolution Audio

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