Sony Xperia XZ, another Note 7 alternative, launched in PH

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ANOTHER Samsung Galaxy Note 7 alternative just launched in the Philippines. This time, we’re looking at the flagship phone Sony had announced at IFA 2016 in Berlin on September 1, the Sony Xperia XZ.

Problem? If you’re itching to get your hands on one, you’ll have to wait until November 18 for it to be available in the country. And as with other Sony handsets, it’s not cheap; the Xperia XZ will cost you P37,990. (Click for complete specs.)

We had earlier said that the smartphone was the subject of leaks before the unveiling but did not live up to the hype of rival heavy-hitters like the OnePlus 3, which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor at the helm, with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage thrown in for good measure. By contrast, the Xperia XZ has a Snapdragon 820 but half the RAM and storage and a smaller, 5.2-inch display.

However, you have to give it to Sony. The company sure knows how to make a good-looking device, and one that is water-resistant up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes and dustproof at that. It’s available in black, platinum, pink, and our favorite, blue.

Click on any of the photos to see the Sony Xperia XZ slideshow

The Japanese manufacturer doubled down on the Sony Xperia XZ’s 23-megapixel rear camera. We’re talking using technologies or features such as laser auto-focus to take in-focus images fast; RGB infrared sensor to show accurate colors; predictive hybrid auto-focus to shoot moving targets easily; and 5-axis image stabilization to compensate for shaky hands when shooting handheld videos.

It’s pretty decent — when you take photos in the daytime.

Resized photo taken with the Sony Xperia XZ

Resized photo taken with the Sony Xperia XZ

Resized photo taken with the Sony Xperia XZ

Resized photo taken with the Sony Xperia XZ

However, it’s still not at the same level as Samsung’s and Apple’s. Take pictures in low light, too, and you’ll wonder why Sony can’t replicate the awesome, awesome things it has done for its professional cameras to its smartphones. We had asked that time and again. Worse, there are times when you’ll get a purple hue in pictures shot in low light. Look at the upper left side of the image below. That’s the same — albeit less serious — problem the HTC M7 has.

Cropped photo shot with a Sony Xperia XZ

Cropped photo shot with the Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ hands-on by GadgetMatch

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.