Sony has introduced the XZ series as its most powerful flagship smartphones with the intention to take over the market. However, the powerful phones from the company were never successful to come over the might of Apple and Samsung. But, in February 2017 the company launched its longtime awaited Sony XZ Premium smartphone. The phone comprised a 4K display that is the latest visual component along with the high-end specifications. The smartphone is among the masterpiece that Sony has ever given to the consumers. However, not every device that looks great on paper turns out to be top notch experience provider. This why we have done Sony Xperia XZ Premium review to know that if the device offers what the creators promised or not.
Along with the 4K display that steals the show the phone has a high-end hardware support under the hood.
The rear camera captures high-quality images
Sony may be decided to give a tough competition to the rivals with the higher specification but it lacks in the design. Sony Xperia XZ Premium doesn't seem to be that much premium flagship smartphone as it should be. The phone comprises the similar thick block type design that Sony used to follow since ages. Along with this, the phone is made up the plastic but the front and back are covered with the Corning Gorilla glass 5 that gives it a better look. However, the side of the phone is still made up plastic. The top and bottom of the phone are made up aluminum that can be noticed from the far. The combination of plastic, glass, and aluminum make the phone a bit heavy as it weighs around 195 gm. Sony Xperia XZ Premium is 7.8 mm thick and the power button is placed on the right side of the phone along with the fingerprint sensor that is quite easy to reach. The rear camera is mounted at the back which is accompanied by the LED flash.
There is a big bezel fitted to Sony Xperia XZ Premium that contains the sensors and the front camera at the top and the speaker at the bottom.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium sports a 5.45 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that is able to deliver an outstanding experience. The display offers the 3840 X 2160 pixel resolution with the mind-blowing 807 PPI pixel density. The phone comprises a 4K HDR display that makes it the second Sony phone after Sony Xperia Z5 Premium to offer this capability. The Xperia phone comes with the 68 percent screen to body ratio and contains the 16:9 aspect ratio. The 4K display offers the high-resolution videos and images on the screen that you won't find on any other smartphone. However, the screen always delivers the same resolution, there is no option in the settings to manage the display resolution. This sucks up the phone power and battery all the time and makes you charge the phone more than you use it. The 4K experience on the Xperia XZ Premium is among the best visual experience you can avail on a smartphone but finding the 4K content online is pretty tough.
All the flagship smartphones need to be running on the latest hardware support in order to deliver the lightning fast speed and outstanding performance. Sony planned the same for its smartphone and equipped it with all high-end specs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium comprises a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset that is quite latest for the device at the time of launch The chipset is coupled with the Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor to justify the premium in its name. Along with this, the phone also uses the 4GB RAM that is supported by the 64GB internal storage. Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with the dual SIM support that includes a Nano-hybrid slot. The microSD card uses the SIM 2 slot for upgrading the storage which is possible up to 400GB. In order to serve the power to the specs of the phone for a longer time, it runs on the non-removable Li-Ion 3230 mAh battery that also supports the Quick Charging 3.0.
Sony has always known for embedding a powerful camera to all of its smartphones depending on the price range and other specs. This flagship smartphone of the company possesses some of the most powerful cameras that have been introduced so far. The rear camera comprises a 19MP sensor that is capable of capturing unrivaled shots without any hassle. The lens has the f/2.0 aperture that magnifies the image quality, which is supported by the capabilities like gyro EIS, predictive phase detection, and laser autofocus. Along with the rear camera, there is a LED flash that helps the camera in taking high-quality images in the dark. You can easily capture the good quality low light images or shoot the videos with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The front camera is composed of a 13MP lens that is powerful enough to snap the flawless selfies.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium was launched with Android 7.0 Nougat and recently announced the upgrade of the OS that is Android 8.0 Oreo. The Xperia phone works so fast with the high-end specifications and able to perform every task you want. In addition, the Android update brings new capabilities like Sony’s smart 3D scanning application and the smile detection for the camera app. Sony Xperia XZ Premium works exceptionally well with necessary apps including the social media platforms and high graphics games. However, the camera sometimes hangs or takes too much time in generating the captured images. The pre-installed apps from Sony are unnecessary that no ever uses. The Xperia phone passed almost all the test and works well to prove itself worthy of being a high-end smartphone.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium is unexceptionally a great smartphone that contains high-end specifications under the hood. The Xperia phone comes with the 4K display that only a few smartphones offer and its undoubtedly amazing visual experience. Along with this, the camera is also amazing that assists in capturing high-quality snaps. However the price of the phone is too high so there is a decision to make, moreover, the Xperia phone doesn't have great premium looks. This means if you want to go for the features and specification you need to compromise with the looks.
Where to buy: MSRP $665.00
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.
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