Sony Xperia XZs - Great smaller (relative) flagship (kinda) for £429 from Amazon Italy with fee free card. SD820, 4GB RAM, 32GB model, same super slo-mo camera as XZ Premium
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Sony Xperia XZs - Great smaller (relative) flagship (kinda) for £429 from Amazon Italy with fee free card. SD820, 4GB RAM, 32GB model, same super slo-mo camera as XZ Premium

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Found 8th Jun 2017
Long time watcher (and buyer) thought I'd finally post as this looks like a great deal. The XZs wasn't released in the UK for some reason but is (almost) flagship specs in a smaller package. It includes the camera that the XZ premium has (super slo-mo) if that's something you're keen on. Did the usual Sony trick of being released at the wrong price, €650! Already a much more reasonable €490 on Amazon Italy, which with delivery to the UK comes to £422 (don't ask me why the price goes down when you checkout). The rate of the price drop should give some hope for those keen on the XZ Premium and waiting for it to go cheaper. The XZs has only been available for ~2 months.

Specs below:
SPECIFICATIONS
19 MP Motion Eye™ camera with Super slow motion
Water-resistant2 design
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor
5.2” Full HD display
USB Type-C™
SIM CAPABILITY
Single SIM, Dual SIM, Nano SIM
MEMORY AND STORAGE
4GB RAM, 32GB (Single SIM)/64GB (Dual SIM) eMMC internal memory3, 32GB eMMC internal memory3
WEIGHT
161g
DIMENSIONS
146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
DISPLAY
5.2" Full HD Display, TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile, X-Reality™ for mobile, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, sRGB 138%
CAMERA
19MP Motion Eye™ camera, 1/ 2.3” Exmor RS™ for mobile memory stacked sensor, 960 fps super slow motion videos, Predictive Capture, Anti-distortion shutter, Triple image sensing technology
ON THE INSIDE
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 processor
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We've got to the point where 5.2" is considered relatively small, now? No wonder I haven't found a phone to buy for so many years.
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Saw this the other day, Good price but will hold out for the premium.
Diddn't even realise this phone existed! they really need to work on their release cycle, this surely should release a year after the X compact which was only released 5 Months ago!
We've got to the point where 5.2" is considered relatively small, now? No wonder I haven't found a phone to buy for so many years.
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ajdinmore

We've got to the point where 5.2" is considered relatively small, now? No … We've got to the point where 5.2" is considered relatively small, now? No wonder I haven't found a phone to buy for so many years.


This is what I'm struggling with and putting me off buying this. I'm coming from a Z1 Compact and with the bezels on this thing I can get a much bigger screen in almost the same size package (mind you, G6 and S8 still much more expensive). I'm hoping given Sony's haphazard release cycle there's a latest and greatest successor to the Z5 compact due later this year, but not sure I can hang on that long.
must_resist___purchased

This is what I'm struggling with and putting me off buying this. I'm … This is what I'm struggling with and putting me off buying this. I'm coming from a Z1 Compact and with the bezels on this thing I can get a much bigger screen in almost the same size package (mind you, G6 and S8 still much more expensive). I'm hoping given Sony's haphazard release cycle there's a latest and greatest successor to the Z5 compact due later this year, but not sure I can hang on that long.


I have a Z3, so glad I didnt go for the Z5, such bad reviews but hoping the XZ premium will be good. The only thing that worries me is still the camera, I think its crap on the Z3 and have also seen reports of the same on the Z5 so hope they've improved it.
The S8 can be had for £500 so not a huge difference on this deal.
just looked into this more, it's not the compact successor maybe i shouldn't have taken the op s words as Sonys. this is the successor to the Xperia XZ this is the new XZs that's it. i thought it stood for "small" as i thought the OP was saying small flagship. the x compact is still the small flagship IMO (which I'm using) of anyone has found a better small flagship phone let me know!
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Niz

just looked into this more, it's not the compact successor maybe i … just looked into this more, it's not the compact successor maybe i shouldn't have taken the op s words as Sonys. this is the successor to the Xperia XZ this is the new XZs that's it. i thought it stood for "small" as i thought the OP was saying small flagship. the x compact is still the small flagship IMO (which I'm using) of anyone has found a better small flagship phone let me know!


Sorry, wasn't meant to be misleading. The 'smaller' was with reference to the XZ Premium, which is a beast. I'm with you on the size, hence my comment aboe in hoping for a proper successor to the Z5 Compact (X Compact was weirdly positioned as a not quite flagship from what I remember).
must_resist___purchased

Sorry, wasn't meant to be misleading. The 'smaller' was with reference to … Sorry, wasn't meant to be misleading. The 'smaller' was with reference to the XZ Premium, which is a beast. I'm with you on the size, hence my comment aboe in hoping for a proper successor to the Z5 Compact (X Compact was weirdly positioned as a not quite flagship from what I remember).



no worries just got me excited lol, just so you know while the x compact isn't a true successor to the Z5 compact i find it's a much better phone, i find it runs way better, the extra ram makes all the difference when i play Pokémon GO and want to switch to whatapp etc, finger print sensor is instant! only downside i see is the lack of waterproofing
How did you get this for £422?

When I checkout it comes to £444.84 when selecting GBP or €487.51 when selecting EUR.
I expect they have got the £422 price by paying in Euros

current exchange rate is around 1.14

490€/1.14=£429...so close
Tejstar

How did you get this for £422?When I checkout it comes to £444.84 when s … How did you get this for £422?When I checkout it comes to £444.84 when selecting GBP or €487.51 when selecting EUR.


By selecting euros and using a fee free card.
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rhinopaul

By selecting euros and using a fee free card.


Yep, that's the one. Although GBP was a bit stronger when I posted...
Yes, probably down to weaker currency post elections . I translated it to £429 on a fee free card. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something!
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Tejstar

Yes, probably down to weaker currency post elections . I translated it to … Yes, probably down to weaker currency post elections . I translated it to £429 on a fee free card. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something!


I've updated the title with the new price and to be clearer how to get it
Well I'm giving you heat... Not least for your user name
And Welcome to HUKD.

Although with that username I'll hazard a guess that you've been here before.:D
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eatmorefish

And Welcome to HUKD. Although with that username I'll hazard a guess that … And Welcome to HUKD. Although with that username I'll hazard a guess that you've been here before.:D


Yep...too many times

This is definitely NOT a money saving website!
must_resist___purchased

Yep...too many times This is definitely NOT a money saving website!


It can be - but you gotta stick exclusively to the Freebies section
Niz

no worries just got me excited lol, just so you know while the x compact … no worries just got me excited lol, just so you know while the x compact isn't a true successor to the Z5 compact i find it's a much better phone, i find it runs way better, the extra ram makes all the difference when i play Pokémon GO and want to switch to whatapp etc, finger print sensor is instant! only downside i see is the lack of waterproofing



​Interested to hear your views on the X Compact camera. I've read conflicting reviews, and it's probably the "thing" I use most on my phones.

I have an LG G4 just now, which is lovely, but just that bit too big.
Carlos.Sultana

Interested to hear your views on the X Compact camera. I've read … Interested to hear your views on the X Compact camera. I've read conflicting reviews, and it's probably the "thing" I use most on my phones. I have an LG G4 just now, which is lovely, but just that bit too big.



Its the same as the XZ I believe, I don't know about the fancy new sensors but I personally have not come across any issues where I feel the camera is not performing in a situation (except the lens being dirty, just have to remember to wipe), I find with good light photos come out amazing but with lower light you can see some noise/cameras attempt to adjust which maybe expected. Other than that when viewing the photos the camera takes time to "render?" the highest quality which may be down to the X compacts midrange chipset.
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Niz

just looked into this more, it's not the compact successor maybe i … just looked into this more, it's not the compact successor maybe i shouldn't have taken the op s words as Sonys. this is the successor to the Xperia XZ this is the new XZs that's it. i thought it stood for "small" as i thought the OP was saying small flagship. the x compact is still the small flagship IMO (which I'm using) of anyone has found a better small flagship phone let me know!



It sounds as thought there'll be 4.6 inch XZ1 compact in September which will come with a Snapdragon 835 and 4gb of ram. Probably what you're after.
Would Sony UK honour the warranty on this? im guessing so due to EU law, just looking for reassurance!
Niz

Its the same as the XZ I believe, I don't know about the fancy new … Its the same as the XZ I believe, I don't know about the fancy new sensors but I personally have not come across any issues where I feel the camera is not performing in a situation (except the lens being dirty, just have to remember to wipe), I find with good light photos come out amazing but with lower light you can see some noise/cameras attempt to adjust which maybe expected. Other than that when viewing the photos the camera takes time to "render?" the highest quality which may be down to the X compacts midrange chipset.



​Awesome stuff - just what I needed to know. Ta!
must_resist___purchased

It sounds as thought there'll be 4.6 inch XZ1 compact in September which … It sounds as thought there'll be 4.6 inch XZ1 compact in September which will come with a Snapdragon 835 and 4gb of ram. Probably what you're after.


That's more what I'm after, as long as it still has a good camera.
tek-monkey

That's more what I'm after, as long as it still has a good camera.



Me too but only if it's waterproof. Basically I just want a refreshed Z3 Compact with a decent camera that might actually rival a Samsung or iPhone for once.

But at this point I'm resigned to being offered none of the above. Shame, as Sony were pretty much the only manufacturer offering this form factor which, for me, was perfect.
schnide

Me too but only if it's waterproof. Basically I just want a refreshed Z3 … Me too but only if it's waterproof. Basically I just want a refreshed Z3 Compact with a decent camera that might actually rival a Samsung or iPhone for once.But at this point I'm resigned to being offered none of the above. Shame, as Sony were pretty much the only manufacturer offering this form factor which, for me, was perfect.



I went from a Z1C to a Z5C, and am happy TBH. Dunno what I'll get next but thats a year away.

As for waterproof, my OHs daughter dropped her XA in the bath last night. I thought it was waterproof, now dead
rhinopaul

I have a Z3, so glad I didnt go for the Z5, such bad reviews but hoping … I have a Z3, so glad I didnt go for the Z5, such bad reviews but hoping the XZ premium will be good. The only thing that worries me is still the camera, I think its crap on the Z3 and have also seen reports of the same on the Z5 so hope they've improved it.The S8 can be had for £500 so not a huge difference on this deal.



​I have the xz and xz premium, camera much better then z3, the slow motion really works, and if you choose xz or xz premium there both good, with good performance
Recieved my phone today and not happy. Packaging does not have the original cellophane wrapping just a poorly placed void seal sticker. Possibly a return/refurbished phone? Not really on at this price point. Will be going back. Now have the fun of dealing with amazon italy...
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james_m1

Recieved my phone today and not happy. Packaging does not have the … Recieved my phone today and not happy. Packaging does not have the original cellophane wrapping just a poorly placed void seal sticker. Possibly a return/refurbished phone? Not really on at this price point. Will be going back. Now have the fun of dealing with amazon italy...


What a disappointment! FWIW I've returned a few things to amazon.de and found it to be completely painless. I think, when I used the customer service chat it might even have all been in English.
Will this phone be officially released in the UK?
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