Killer looks,killer features,killer camera,music player,display...i can see samsung sweating and shivering already...way to go sony...
i'm wondering which part of the display did gsmarena test for the contrast ratio. is the faded looking homescreen or did they go into a photo when the bravia engine is expected to do its wonders.
i hope they can try measuring contrast with the bravia engine on.
the results have really been disappointing. i can't believe a company like sony would be doing this. probably the worst display produced by a major player.
miro, 19 Feb 2013i think they already have the final/retail version. that's just the sad truth about the xz. th... moremaybe but i have seen the Japanese version of this phone and the screen was perfect with perfect viewing angles. i don't know whether there is any difference between Japanese and international version.
It would be nice if this review would be completed in a short while. I'm usually very fond of the GSMArena reviews, but missing two important things at this point.
1. The batterylife!
2. The displaytest on 50%, you seem to do this with al recent phones, and the Xperia Z screen is known to perform a lot better at 50%. So I am anxious to see what the results would be!
yogi, 19 Feb 2013can some one explain the title Zero Hour?
means sony is now fully geared for the competition/smartphone wars.
zero hour means "The time set for the start of an action or operation"
gsmarena likely wants to infer that sony has finally created a product worthy of a flagship/capable enough of competing with other high end devices offered by top manufacturers.
Anonymous, 18 Feb 2013Waterproof and dustproof and it looks incredible.
They won me over....Me2.
And the specs are mind-blowing.
emadshiny, 19 Feb 2013GSMArena, please repeat this review with a final version of this phone as well. and we are wai... morei think they already have the final/retail version. that's just the sad truth about the xz. the screen is really not at par with the best.
not a big problem though since you won't really be using the phone at odd angles. it just makes the device look less premium. the fading colors at slight angles make it look like a chinese clone device.
hope sony does better next time. what happened to the "best of sony in a smartphone" marketing slogan? is that really the best sony can offer for a display?
no wonder they're losing heavily on their TV division.
GSMArena, please repeat this review with a final version of this phone as well. and we are waiting for battery test.
For those who are saying Sony IU are worst, please have your eyes and brain checked properly. Sony IU are the best UI on the market.
The age old problem is here again with sony.they must shed these TFT screens and move to IPS,PLS or something other of their own.
I've always liked sony for their great designs but that being said a well known and reputed display maker like sony,should do better than that on their mobile screens.just pump up the R&D in the display dept.
"To sum things up, Sony has managed to extract more performance from the four Krait cores than any manufacturer to use this chipset." - GSMArena
For me it is a great phone, as I read but not perfectly understand all of technically. I can say this phone is true to be a great threat to others company. As I always said this phone is overal one of the best. They dont leave too weak in one part but they leave 1 strength and that is the design. Just look at the screen its good but not have wow. Its performance today it is champion but later with the next gen procesos from samsung up to nvidia. It not be the champion. Its music is comparately match to what other has too ofer. Camera ah the good but due to overhypd which disapoints us. But the hdr and lowlyt great feature. And we forget the front camera check the front if they can match other company some other site say its a bloody good!! This always forget. And battery its good but not great. Design never be able to top by top others. Even apple respect sony. So ill wait a great overall phone btw lets a take underwater video with harlem shake dance anyone??
can't help but think the price they're demanding for that kind of dull display is insane plain insane, I'd rather spend half and get pretty much same hardware I.E Nexus 4. Thanks Sony for pushing away your T user.
I can see many comments here are really into the camera section...
Should the Exmor RS be "better" only under low light OR high contrast situations?? (becuz ISO performance and dynamic range are better) I only see comparisons based on studio shots, so I do have some reservation on bashing the camera on XZ so quick.
And though a little off-topic, would the softness in the photo be due to the lens? This tiny little lens might not have the resolving power required for such a tiny sensor + diffraction comes into play, perhaps? Has the era came when the lens is limiting resolution for mobile phones?