Sony Xperia XZ
Sony Xperia XZ smartphone is presented at the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, Germany, September 2, 2016. Reuters/Stefanie Loos

Sony Xperia XZs is already available for pre-order online. It will cost as much as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Sony Xperia XZs was released at the Mobile World Congress event along with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Recently, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium was available for pre-order in the UK in selected online retailer sites. Now, the Sony Xperia XZs is up for pre-order, but it is only currently available in the Netherlands. According to reports, the Xperia XZs will only be available in three European countries, which includes the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.

Specs compared to Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The Sony Xperia XZs offers a quick upgrade to the Sony Xperia XZ flagship. It also offers similar specs to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Both smartphones offer 19MP cameras with the much-awaited Motion Eye sensor technology. However, the main difference between the two is the display. The Xperia XZ Premium offers a 5.5-inch 4K Ultra HD display while the Xperia XZs offers only 5.2-inch full HD.

Both phones will have two variants one with a single SIM capability, while the other variant has a dual SIM capability. Depending on the variant, the phone will have a built-in storage of 32GB and 64GB, respectively. Both phones also have expandable storage of up to 256GB through microSDXC support.

Beyond the screen and display, both the Sony Xperia XZs and Sony Xperia XZ Premium offer the Android Nougat version. The phones also come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The colour variants also differ in the two. The Xperia XZ Premium is offered in two colours, the Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black, while the Xperia XZs is offered in three colours, Ice Blue, Black and Warm Silver.

Release date and pricing

The Xperia XZs is available on pre-order for €649 (AU$910). Compared to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium that costs £649 (AU$1042), the Xperia XZs is not that far from the price range. This means that the phone may also be considered a premium phone due to its price range, according to GSM Arena.

According to Netherland-based online retailer site Belsimpel, the phone will be available to those who have pre-ordered it by the first or second week of April. Belsimpel is also offering an exclusive offer of receiving a Sony SRS-XB30 speaker that is worth €169 (AU$237) for free, according to GSMArena. However, this offer only lasts until April 2. According to Sony, the official launch of the smartphone is on April 5.