Sony Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s highlight of the year (for smartphones) and it packs features that will woo your attention away from other brands’ smartphones. Here are some of its features:
- Snapdragon 835
- Android 7.1.1
- 5.5 inch 4K HDR display
- 4GB RAM, 64GB of storage
- 19-megapixel camera (with slow motion feature included)
- Type-C USB
What Sony really tries to do and show off this time around is their slow-motion video feature that tops up to 960 fps. This fact overshadows other smartphone slow-motion capabilities by far, which typically maxed at 240 fps. This feature alone (even though it is pretty awesome) not enough to make it unique and stand out from its many, many competitors.
Boasting and equipping itself with Sony’s market leading 4K HDR resolution to take it up a notch. Though this comes with a caveat, the screen panel is technically 3840 x 2160, yet what you’ll be staring and looking at most of the times is 1080p up scaled version. Why you ask? The answer to this hard question is: the battery life. If you spend every waking minute of the phone with 4K resolution it will without a doubt extinguish every speck (or drop? I don’t know) of the battery’s life. So, you will only see and be enchanted by its 4K resolution at certain times. For example, when you play and watch the 4K resolution videos with Sony’s pre-installed app.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s 4K resolution along with the HDR is available on and supported by the Amazon Prime. Though a few reported that they couldn’t get it to run at 4K resolution instead it ran on the standard 1080p and dynamic range. After they went through all the trouble of installing the Amazon Prime app, they still unable to view videos in 4K resolutions.
Still, the phone Triluminos 5.5 inch display really popped up crisp and sharp looking videos when played. Since the phone supports HDR this means it has top level of brightness, meaning, even you are not playing or displaying HDR contents it will be still useful for visibility on bright days and at outdoor places.
As for design wise, Sony is still not able to get pass their classic square edges and square-ish shape. While other brands like Samsung, LG, and IPhone have moved on and opted for curved edges and rounded corners. And the phone’s thick bezel, both at the top and bottom – i must say, they look bit dated, still beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Due to its large physical size, it may feel tad bit uncomfortable, especially when you don’t have big enough hands. If you thinking of typing or using this phone one-handed, well you might find it a bit a hard to do so due its size.
The materials used to make this phone are indeed premium as the name suggested. It uses Gorilla Glass 5 for both the front and the rear, adding robustness to it. The phone’s rear glass is very reflective (to those in need of constant mirror, this phone might just work). Due to that, the rear glass is very slippery.
To those who clumsy in handling these fragile gadgets, worry not, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is at least equipped with and certified by IP68, meaning can hold on its own, even if it falls into a puddle of water. The phone has water resistant up 1.5m and can last in that depth for 30 minutes (if you go more than that, it’s your phone’s funeral).
Sony Xperia XZ Premium is out now for grab with tagging of 791 USD (that’s one hell of a price).