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This Sony Xperia XZ is a sliver of silver

Slim, metal and bursting with camera settings, we take you on a tour of fall's flagship Xperia.

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Jessica Dolcourt
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The Sony Xperia XZ looks like many Xperia phones you've seen before.

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It's rectangular with a flat top and bottom, and curved sides (the casing, not the screens).

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The three XZ colors, top, are joined by the much smaller Xperia X Compact.

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Look how easily the (metal) 5.2-inch XZ dwarfs the 4.6-inch (plastic) X Compact.

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The two phones share the 23-megapixel camera on the back, with which Sony has made its name in phones.

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Filters and extra apps are built right in.

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You can add expandable storage here.

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The all-metal unibody design means no popping out that battery.

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It's slim without feeling too stark.

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The power/lock button works with a fingerprint scanner...unless you live in the US. Why?!

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A dedicated camera shutter button and USB-C charger port live toward the phone's bottom edge.

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The phone rebooted when the SIM tray's pulled out.

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Laser autofocus gives the rear camera an assist. The front-facing camera shoots with 13 megapixels.

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Read all our first impressions of the Sony Xperia XZ here.

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