Sony Xperia XZ review: more of the same

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The new 5,2-inch Sony Xperia XZ (R12 999) is the high-end successor to last year's 5,2-inch Z5 , while the 4,6-inch Xperia X Compact (R10 999) is the 2016 update to the similarly sized Z5 Compact .

In contrast to the entry-level Xperia XA (R5 999), which proved to be a mixed bag, these latest Sony models are clearly targeted at anyone searching for a premium, high-end device and priced accordingly.

So how does the pricey XZ do in practice, and how does it relate to its smaller (X Compact) and cheaper (XA) siblings?

Design: some rough edges

The Xperia XZ features a solid and generally comfortable exterior that clearly differentiates itself from rival flagships from Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei because of the relatively sharp edges on the top and bottom.

Its fingerprint reader is traditionally neatly integrated in the on/off button, located on the right side of the device - a distinctive design aspect since practically all competitive phones have this sensor located either on the front or rear. The only real downside to this side positioned fingerprint reader is that unlocking the phone while the Xperia XZ lies flat on a table or desk is a bit of a

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