March 7, 2013

Sony Xperia Z: Gaming Review

Sony’s flagship smartphone for 2013, the Xperia Z is now available in India for a price of about Rs.38,990 and it’s obvious that you would expect a top-notch performance in every aspect from a  flagship smartphone. The device fared quite well in our benchmark tests and now it’s the time to review the gaming prowess of the Sony Xperia Z. 
With a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU under the hood, one can easily expect the gaming performance of the device to be one of the best experiences available in the market today. Also, the 5-inch 1080p display on the Xperia Z should make gaming on the device a treat to the eyes. 
Starting off our gaming review with Temple Run 2, there was no reason for the device to show any amount of lag here and it played out quite beautifully. As expected, there were no jerks or lags whatsoever, but playing the game with one hand was a bit uncomfortable mainly due to the form factor and we guess if you have small hands, you might not enjoy playing games in portrait mode on the device. 
Another downside about the Sony Xperia Z came in the form of it’s display, as we weren’t really happy with the screen on the Xperia Z. It may be surprising to some, but the display, despite being 1080p seemed washed out. In fact, the display on the HTC Butterfly which is too a 5-inch 1080p screen, is much better to look at, as compared to the Xperia Z. 
Also, another downside that pops up while gaming is the location of the speakerphone, which is quite oddly placed and is blocked almost all the times with the hands while gaming in both, portrait as well as landscape modes. As a result, you get a muffled sound most of the times which can be a bit irritating. Also, the audio levels on the device aren’t that high and even if you turn the volume to maximum, you will most probably wish for more from the Xperia Z.  
One of the most advantageous aspects of the smartphone as far as gaming is concerned, is the 16GB of internal storage on the device, which allows you to install all the high-end games on the Xperia Z, without needing to worry much about the storage space. 
Playing Dead Trigger on the Xperia Z was a real joy and we have no complaints whatsoever, as far as the gameplay is concerned. Same was the case while playing Nova 3 as well and the gameplay was smooth with almost no lags. One issue we did face however, was that the homescreen buttons were always on the screen while playing, so there’s a good chance that you might tap one of the three buttons while accessing the controls, disrupting your gameplay. No issues other than that. 
Finally, Asphalt 7 too played out brilliantly and we did not experience any amount of lag. But (yes, there’s one more!) another thing worth mentioning is the fact that the rear of the Xperia Z, especially the area around the camera gets a bit warm while playing games for extended duration, which may be due to the fact that the rear of the smartphone is made out of glass and not polycarbonate/ plastic.
Overall, we were quite happy with the performance of the Sony Xperia Z ass far as gaming is concerned and if you can get over a couple of issues like the location of speakerphone and the vividness of the display in terms of colors, the Xperia Z could very well satisfy all your gaming needs.  
Take a look at our gaming video below and leave your comments about the Sony Xperia Z in the comments section. 

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