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Sony Xperia XZ Release Date And Price Announced: Prepare $700 On Oct. 2 If You Want One

23 September 2016, 8:39 am EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
The Sony Xperia XZ finally gets a release date and price. It's officially a couple of days away before rolling out, but it will cost a pretty penny.  ( Sony )

Revealed at IFA 2016, the Sony Xperia XZ now has a release date and price, but the cost might not be too appealing to consumers in the smartphone market.

Right off the bat, the company's flagship this time around is set at $699.99, and it's slated to land on digital and physical storefronts here and there on Oct. 2, including Amazon, Best Buy and many others.

The great part here is that the Xperia XZ is unlocked, supporting GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

The Xperia XZ's Specs Is Fit For A Flagship

As for what the handset has in store, it sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display that's topped off with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 to keep those scratches at bay.

Under the hood, Sony loaded it with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 3 GB worth of RAM and 32 GB of default storage that's expandable via a microSD card up to 256 GB. Keeping the lights on is a 2,900 mAh battery.

To stay the pace with the current smartphone standard, it's fitted with a USB-C port, and on top of that, it has an IP65/IP68 rating against dust and water, allowing it to survive through the rain, accidental spills or a quick hosing down for whatever purpose. As expected, it also has a fingerprint sensor, and it'll run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow from the get-go, with a planned upgrade to Nougat not long after.

With a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4K video-capturing capability and enhanced image stabilization, mobile photography enthusiasts will definitely get their moneys' worth. What's more, it features triple image sensing technology, predictive hybrid autofocus and fast capture, and it can take low-light photos with clarity of up to ISO 12,800.

On the other side of the fence, the front-facing shooter is packing a 13-megapixel sensor, and it can capture low-light images up to ISO 6,400.

As mentioned earlier, it's going to hit the shelves with a $699.99 price tag on Oct. 2. It's going to be available in Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum.

The Smaller Sibling That Is The Xperia X Compact

Before wrapping things up, it's also worth mentioning that Sony unveiled two smartphones at IFA 2016, and the Xperia X Compact is the second contender that the company brought to the table.

As the name suggests, it's more or less a smaller and toned-down version of the Xperia XZ, and to no one's surprise, it's relatively more affordable. On that note, it's already up for preorder at $499.99 on Amazon.

What do you think of the Xperia XZ? Feel free to drop by our comments section below and let us know, especially if you're planning to grab the Sony flagship.

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