Xperia XZ: everything you need to know & 5 recommended accessories

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The Sony Xperia XZ is coming soon to the UK — it’s currently slated to arrive on October 8th. The phone seems like a much more viable flagship than the Xperia X Performance ever was, and it’s less expensive too. Let’s take a closer look at Sony’s latest flagship phone, and cover some of our first cases and accessories for it too.

All about the Xperia XZ

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The Xperia XZ is designed to be a crossover, a hybrid of new Xperia phones (X) and old (Z). The focus is on the camera setup, which includes an impressive 23-megapixel camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel selfie cam up front. The rear camera is based around a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, backed with predictive hybrid autofocus. Initial reports indicate that the camera is one of the best available in a smartphone, and might even challenge the iPhone 7.

Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 820 processor, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The phone will run Android Marshmallow out of the box, but an upgrade to the latest version, Nougat, has already been promised.

The screen is a beautiful 5.2-inch 1080p display, flanked with a fingerprint reader to the left and a USB-C connector below. It’s an altogether modern affair that retains the classic design of Sony’s long-running Xperia series: contemporary materials, rounded rectangles and water resistance. It’s a stylish phone, particularly the blue variant that Sony have highlighted in their advertising.

All in all, it looks pretty impressive. We’re looking forward to the first reviews of the phone, which should be arriving soon. In the meantime, check out our recommended accessories for the Xperia XZ!

Xperia XZ accessories

5. Olixar Leather-Style Wallet Case — Black

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We start with this classic proposition, a leather-style wallet. The case, which is available in black, comes with a magnetic snap enclosure, three interior pockets for cash and cards, and adequate protection on all sides. It’s a great choice for anyone that appreciates the look and feel of leather.

4. Olixar Screen Protector 2-in-1 Pack

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Screen protectors are brilliant, preventing your phone’s screen from accruing scratches and cracks over its lifetime. If you’re not going with a wallet-style flip case, then protect your screen with one of these and you’ll not regret it. This pack comes with two screen protectors inside, so you can replace your original when it eventually gets scratched or damaged.

3. Lexar 64GB Micro SD card

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Got a Micro SD card slot? May as well get a Micro SD card then! You’ll get much more space without paying much at all, which is brilliant for anyone that likes to keep lots of photos, videos and apps on their phone. This 64GB example from Lexar triples your available storage, but you can get 16GB and 32GB variants as well.

2. Olixar FlexiShield Gel Case — Black, Clear

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The FlexiShield makes its triumphant return with the Xperia XZ. This case provides good scratch resistance and moderate drop protection too, while adding minimal bulk and a good amount of grip. The flexible design of the case also makes it very easy to install and remove as needed. The case is available in black and clear varieties; if you’re going for the beautiful blue colour, I’d highly recommend the clear case to really show it off!

1. Olixar Tempered Glass Screen Protector

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We conclude with this tempered glass screen protector. You only get one protector in the box and you pay a little more, but it’s definitely worth it. That’s because the glass construction is way more durable than plastic, and the rigidity makes it easier to apply too. If you want maximum protection and minimum fuss, this is the perfect choice.

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Wrapping up

Thanks for checking out the article and these accessories. Have a good day!

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