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Sony Xperia XZs review: How to make a new phone feel old

Intro

Every once in awhile, a phone or gadget or device will come along that will completely rewrite the rulebook. You probably remember a lot of them from the game-changing likes of Apple’s original iPhone to the big revolution of Samsung’s first Galaxy Note.

The Sony Xperia XZs, though, isn’t one of them.

Are you actually surprised? I definitely am not surprised. Back when Sony revealed this phone during the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, I had the opportunity to have a quick chat with them about their future as a mobile business.

The gist of it? Well, things aren’t looking particularly great for them, especially not when you look at their sales numbers. Right now, they told me, Sony Mobile is focused on being profitable — something they haven’t been for a while now before the Xperia X series.

And all of that could not be more evident when you look at Sony’s first 2017 flagship to land in Malaysia. The untrained eye will easily mistake this phone for last year’s XZ. Today, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t just look like a 2016 phone, it pretty much is a 2016 phone.

Well, except for one special feature, it’s hidden technique, if you must.. But, if you spend any time with it at all, you will come to realise that its special feature is pretty much just a huge gimmick.