Sony Xperia XZs Review: Slow (e)motion: Performance

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Performance

Sony Xperia XZs is powered by the same Snapdragon 820 SoC that the Xperia XZ has under its hood. There is an upgrade, though- the XZs model brings 4GB of RAM, and thus matches most of the competition out there.


The Snapdragon 820 has been already replaced by the 821 and 835 models, though as it's still a flagship-grade chip we don't hrecent it against the Xperia XZ. But we would have appreciated it if Sony had gone for the S821 chip in this otherwise copy-paste job, as it would have escaped this description altogether.

Anyway, the Snapdragon 820 chip inside the Xperia XZs offers a powerful quad-core Kryo processor (typically 2x2.15Giga Hertz (GHz) + 2x1.6GHz), Adreno 530 GPU, and comes with 4 gigs of RAM.

As usual, we start our benchimprint routine with some Geekbenching and a single Kryo core is as excellent a performer as ever. Single-core operations are crucial for smooth Android experience and the XZs processor is on par with the top competing phones.

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GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3488

  • Huawei P10

    1927

  • OnePlus 3T

    1890

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    1860

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    1733

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    1724

  • HTC 10

    1708

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    1696

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    1682

  • HTC U Ultra

    1647

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    1578

The multi-core score is equally great, though you can see the S821 devices doing a small better (LG G6, HTC U Ultra, OnePlus 3T).

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Huawei P10

    6069

  • Apple iPhone 7

    5654

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    5583

  • OnePlus 3T

    4364

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    4209

  • HTC U Ultra

    4201

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    4128

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3987

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3979

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3868

  • HTC 10

    3621

The Xperia XZs is getting some criticism for sticking to 1080p classy screen resolution, but on a positive note the Adreno 530 is a striking performer under 1080p. Quite expectedly, the XZs smashes the Quad HD competition at the onclassy screen tests, and its raw power in the offclassy screen benchmarks is equally impressive.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7

    60

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    34

  • OnePlus 3T

    33

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    32

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    31

  • Huawei P10

    30

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    26

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    19

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    15

  • HTC 10

    15

  • LG G5

    15

  • HTC U Ultra

    13

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    12

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    21

  • OnePlus 3T

    20

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    19

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    18

  • Huawei P10

    16

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    10

  • HTC U Ultra

    10

  • HTC 10

    9.9

  • LG G5

    8.8

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    8.5

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    7.8

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7

    43

  • OnePlus 3T

    33

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    32

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    32

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    31

  • HTC 10

    31

  • LG G5

    30

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    30

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    29

  • HTC U Ultra

    27

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    26

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    26

  • Huawei P10

    22

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    18

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 3T

    20

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    20

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    20

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    18

  • HTC 10

    18

  • HTC U Ultra

    18

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    17

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    16

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    16

  • LG G5

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    15

  • Huawei P10

    14

The Sony Xperia XZs scores the same as the rest of the S820 gang in the GPU-intensive BaseMark X test and a notch below the S821 club.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Huawei P10

    39433

  • OnePlus 3T

    36958

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    36240

  • HTC U Ultra

    35875

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    33815

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    32160

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    30507

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    29548

  • LG G5

    29456

  • HTC 10

    28882

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    28480

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    28450

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    23923

The compound tests put the Xperia XZs in the same ballpark with the Xperia XZ and that's hardly surprising. The S821-powered OnePlus 3T does noticeably better than the entire S82x family, but other than that the XZs numbers still mean flagship business.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7

    174532

  • OnePlus 3T

    165097

  • HTC 10

    154031

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    143639

  • HTC U Ultra

    139750

  • LG G5

    134541

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    133574

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    132849

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    131666

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    129229

  • Huawei P10

    126629

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    124266

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    116217

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3416

  • Huawei P10

    2910

  • OnePlus 3T

    2678

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    2386

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    2378

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    2352

  • HTC U Ultra

    2222

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    2179

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    2151

  • LG G6 (non-final firmware)

    2126

  • LG G5

    2065

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    2050

  • HTC 10

    1839

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    1482

Sony Xperia XZs offers top-notch performance, superb thermal control, and is future-proof. Yes, there is a newer elegant Qualcomm chipset, which will create it to the upcoming flagships this descend becautilize Samsung pulled a shotgun. But even though the XZs fails to improve on the XZ hardware, it doesn't create it less capable than any other smartphone on the market.


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