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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review - The 4K Screen is Back

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By Lewes L 3 July 2017 Leave a comment Go to comments

Sony latest flagship release, the Xperia XZ Premium, has sparked the excitement of smartphone fans, and rightly so. A 4K screen in a 5.5 inch display is certainly no mean feat, and Sony has followed on from the success of the Z5 Premium to add noteworthy upgrades in the XZ Premium, with an focus on camera quality. We'll have a first look at the Xperia XZ Premium in this post.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Design

Body and Screen

First of all, as you'd expect from a phone with a 4K display, the XZ Premium is a pretty big phone. It looks great too, with a shiny glass design to give it a slick appearance. One nice feature that Sony has introduced is the camera button on the side, that works in a similar way to an actual camera shutter button in that you can press halfway to focus your image. As you would expect from a flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium has the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and IP68 certification (Dust/Water proof for 1.5 metres over 30 minutes). One downside about the design to many is its large bezels on the top and bottom, so it is a larger unit than the Samsung Galaxy S8 even though it has a smaller screen. However some argument can be made for the bezels as they allow you to hold it in landscape mode while watching media or playing games without needing to cover a portion of the screen with your fingers. Sony have persisted with improving their traditional design, and it continues to look better than before. The Xperia XZ Premium has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature that somehow needs mentioning now thanks to Apple. Plug some earphones in, and you'll get great sound quality through Sony's High Res Audio, which optimises sound based on the headphones, which would certainly excite many audiophiles.

Moving on to the screen, I don't think there is much that needs to be said. Sony has used the same technology used in its Bravia TVs to correct a beautiful 4K display that accurately reflects all the colours with great detail. Watching 4K content on this phone is an incredible experience and something that needs to seen to be understood. Also unlike the Z5 Premium where the screen was only in 4K during 4K content playback, the XZ Premium is always in 4K - the home screen, apps, browser, everything.

Cameras

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a 19 megapixel back camera and 13 megapixel front camera. While 19 megapixels is less than the 21 megapixels of their previous flagship, megapixels itself isn't everything, and Sony has realised that. Sony's phone cameras in the past have been outdone by Samsung and Apple's accuracy in speed, exposure and and performance in poor lighting, but Sony has put in great effort to improve these aspects, with photos on the XZ Premium coming out as detailed, vibrant and accurate. Its auto mode is excellent at quickly adjusting to the lighting conditions, and its laser autofocus is able to minimise blurs. You'll get a camera that quickly opens and takes shots so you will be able to capture important moments before they pass. Selfie quality is better than ever, capable of producing similar shots to the back camera. Sony has also placed a major focus on video recording, with the capability to record in 4K, and also a super slo mo option where you can record snippets at 960 frames per second. Yes you read that right, 960fps of smoothness with many possibilities. Make sure to check out some samples on youtube, and you'll be amazed at the capability of the super slo mo.

Performance

Processor and Memory

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has the latest Snapdragon 835 Chipset with Octa-core CPU, and it is blazingly fast to use. Already climbing high in benchmarks results, the XZ Premium is certainly a speedy phone able to handle nearly all demanding tasks. There is 64GB of on-board storage and 4GB of RAM, allowing you to run many apps simultaneously without lag. Combined with the latest Android Nougat operating system and its 4K screen, you have yourself the newest and one of the best performing phones available right now.

Battery Life

With a large 3230mAh battery, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has quite impressive battery life. Although you'd expect short battery life created by the large amount of power needed to power all the pixels in the 4K screen, early reports have shown the XZ Premium easily able to last a day under moderate usage, which is great news. Of course, stamina mode and ultra stamina modes are offered if you encounter trick situations where you need to extend the battery life. A phone no matter how good is useless if it is out of battery, and it is great to see that Sony has addressed this well in their latest flagship. Recharging is not an issue as well with Sony supporting Quick Charge 3.0, which charges your phone much faster than a standard charger.

Conclusion

Samsung has released the S8, LG has released the G6, Huawei has released the P10, and now Sony has released the XZ Premium. Most of the Android phone manufacturers have played their cards for 2017, and Sony's release is one that certainly stands out from the rest in its own way. With performance and battery life that is able to match the rest, Sony has continued on their journey to perfect their 4K screen and their cameras, with the XZ Premium a notable upgrade over their past phones. We would recommend the XZ Premium to anyone that wants the latest flagship and are heavy multimedia users, as the XZ Premium's 4K screen undoubtedly provides the best viewing experience possible on a phone.

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