Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

Sony Xperia XZ Premium review


The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a high-end smartphone that should be on the radar of anyone who wants the ultimate smartphone experience. Here we take a look at what makes this Sony phone so special, in our Sony Xperia XZ Premium review.


Super slow motion camera


The 19MP Motion Eye camera is a super slow motion camera that can record video at a rate of 960 frames per second. This is far more than the human eye can see, at around 60 frames per second, so when you play back the footage, at four times a slower rate than any other smartphone, you will enjoy details and movement that you would not ordinarily be aware of.


If you want to be inspired by the super slow motion playback, then watch the video below:


The Motion Eye camera also has Predictive Capture, which starts to buffer the action before you press record, a Movie Creator and SteadyShot, for shooting footage while moving. Further camera features includes Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, an anti-distortion shutter, Quick Launch & Capture and 13MP selfie photography.


4K HDR display


The 5.5” display is primed with 4K HDR for improved clarity, colour and contrast. This is the first time that we has seen a smartphone with a 4K High Dynamic Range display, where both light and dark areas are sharply detailed.


To stream or download 4K HDR content you will need an Amazon Prime Video subscription, after which you can enjoy Amazon Original series in breathtaking detail.


Everything else


There is a lot of everything else with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. In the design department, we find a glass front and back made from toughened Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The premium edge is given through details such as the stainless steel ring that surrounds the camera lens, while practicality is offered through IP65/IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.


The software comprises of the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system and this is married up with a series of Sony apps and features. These includes Predictive Xperia Actions, PS4 Remote Play and Hi-Resolution Audio, which preserves the original quality of music or lifts it up with DSEE HX sampling of compressed music files.


Sony Xperia XZ Premium


The hardware comprises of a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and a fingerprint sensor for biometric security. The 3,230mAh battery uses Smart Stamina to learn the way that you use the phone. It can then run through various energy saving modes to ensure that the battery lasts to the end of the day, even when you do unexpected things.


The life of the battery is looked after by Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging and these charge the phone in a very specific non-damaging way. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is also Quick Charge 3.0 ready but you will need to purchase the UCH12W Quick Charger to take advantage of it.


Overall, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is an elite smartphone that will be for those who have to have the very best tech.



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