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Sony Xperia XZs goes on sale in the U.S. this week

Sony’s new Xperia XZs is going on sale in the United States this week, complete with super-slow-motion video recording. The handset is one of the first to offer slo-mo shooting at a whopping 960 frames-per-second — and you can pre-order yours now.

Although its name might be similar, the Xperia XZs isn’t Sony’s flagship smartphone for 2017. That title goes to the Xperia XZ Premium, but thanks to its Snapdragon 835 chip, that won’t go on sale for a little while; Samsung has already claimed Qualcomm’s initial supplies of that CPU for the Galaxy S8 series.

The good news is, the Xperia XZs is more affordable — but still expensive. For $699, you get a Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5.2-inch Full HD display. The handset also packs a 2,900mAh battery, and of course, Sony’s latest camera, which boasts Motion Eye technology and Predictive Hybrid auto-focus.

You can get other smartphones with sharper displays and better specifications for that kind of money, so you’re really paying a premium for that slow-motion recording here. But if that’s something that floats your boat, you can pre-order the Xperia XZs in the U.S. today through Amazon.

The handset is available in black, ice blue, and warm silver, and shipping is scheduled to start tomorrow, April 5.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...