Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- Excellent 4K display
- 960 fps super slow-motion video
- Flagship performance
- Solid battery life
- Water resistant
- Dedicated camera button
- Great audio experience
- Fingerprint magnet
- Uncomfortable to hold
- Fiddly SIM card tray
- Battery life average overall
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review – Everything becomes Wow
The Xperia XZ Premium features the new Motion Eye™ – a camera so advanced it captures motion that the human eye can’t see. And with its unified design, astonishing 4K HDR display and intelligent features, it’s our most groundbreaking smartphone to date.
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|Dimensions||156 x 77 x 7.9 mm (6.14 x 3.03 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||195 g (6.88 oz)|
|Build||Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel|
|IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes|
|SIM||Single SIM (Nano-SIM) - G8141|
|Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - G8142|
|Display||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.46 inches (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio)|
|3840 x 2160 pixels (~807 ppi pixel density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) - single-SIM model|
|microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual-SIM model|
|Internal Memory||64 GB, 4 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||19 MP, f/2.0, 25mm, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash, check quality|
|1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], HDR, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted, region dependent), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3230 mAh battery|
The Xperia XZ Premium is a very good phone. We can’t really complain from lack of power, design or camera performance. However, at the end of the day, it has very solid competition to beat. Other manufacturers are betting on new aspect ratios, smaller bezels and dual cameras, and it seems that Sony is the only one staying true to its own formula for now.
This, of course, doesn’t make it a worse phone than the LG G6 or the Galaxy S8+. In fact, it now offers the same blazing fast performance as its competitors, thanks to the Snapdragon 835 and some pretty well-optimized software (actually, that’s better hardware than what we have in the G6).
If you’re still not ready to give up the 9:16 aspect ratio, and you’re looking for a solid device to invest in, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium can and should be one to consider seriously.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a handset jam-packed full of features, and from its impressive 4K display and huge power under the hood to an excellent camera and solid battery life it has all the core ingredients of a top smartphone.
The price is high, and that means it has some truly tough competition, with the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, HTC U11 and iPhone 7 Plus all breathing down its neck, and if you’re looking for a handset which has both style and substance you may find the Xperia XZ Premium a little underwhelming.
It’s by no means ugly, but when you hold it up against its all-metal-and-glass rivals, the chunky bezels and plastic sides don’t quite match up.
The 4K HDR screen is incredible when you find some 4K content to play on it, but for the time being at least there’s still only a handful movies and shows at this resolution.
Unless you’re someone with a passion for 4K, you’ll be more than content with the QHD (2K) screens you get on the rival Android flagships.
OK, everything about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is … well … premium, so maybe the model name didn’t have to state the obvious. Speaking of, you can’t just pretend those bezels are not there – yet our honest opinion is that the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is strong enough in the looks department to hold its own against anyone and anything – be it an infinity screen at the front or a fruit at the rear.
The only 4K screen, HDR video-capable at that, the cool 960fps slow-mo video and the finest Snapdragon 835 chipset – this is more than it takes to steal the show, if not the entire season. The good old waterproofing, stereo speakers and the beautifully simple Xperia launcher are winner stuff too.
So, is it really all that great? Over the time we spent with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, nothing seemed dodgy, not a single would-be worry showed deal-breaker potential.
The Xperia XZ Premium makes 4K look so natural on a smartphone but we’re less than impressed by the difference that HDR video makes.
Sony touched up its signature design without going over the top and while the concept isn’t flawless, it truly works. Now, we won’t even start on the mirror finish and the issue of fingerprints but the Xperia XZ Premium does live up to its name. It’s just one of those smartphones, which immediately get your attention. Handsome and elegant, a little old-school but genuinely full of character.
The delay between announcing the Xperia XZ Premium at MWC and its eventual release in June hasn’t done the XZ Premium any favours. There’s an easy joke to be made here about Sony’s release schedule going in slow motion…
In light of rival flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and HTC U11, it’s difficult to feel particularly excited by the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It banks on the slow-motion video to draw people’s attention away from rivals – but for me, the feature isn’t compelling enough, with too many limitations in its implementation beyond the initial ‘wow factor’.
In addition, the design of the Xperia phones appears to be trapped in time; it looks drab next to other phones, and is made worse by how uncomfortable it is to hold and being as slippery as a fish.
At least the Xperia XZ Premium won’t leave you wanting when it comes to performance, with specifications befitting its flagship status – but beyond that, I’ve struggled to feel enamoured by it.
In many ways, I’m a huge fan of the Xperia XZ Premium. It isn’t slick, small, light or ergonomic, but it isn’t trying to be — Sony’s hardware design is unique, beautiful and stands out from every other smartphone available today, and that’s why I love it. Beyond the design, the Xperia XZ Premium gets a lot of the flagship features down: a really nice display, fast and consistent performance, and all of the right internal specs. The battery life, which is always a top feature for today’s smartphone buyers, is top-of-the-pack.
The issue, as is so often the case with Sony’s phones, is twofold: it’s too expensive, and there are a couple of head-scratcher shortcomings.
The Xperia XZ Premium is the absolute top-of-the-line smartphone for the company, and therefore has a retail price of $799. Outside of a Galaxy S8+ or iPhone 7 Plus, people just don’t often pay that kind of money for a phone. And they particularly don’t pay that much for a phone that in the U.S. doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor, and still sports a camera that doesn’t get anywhere near the competition.
At a lower price, in a market where it’s okay to miss a couple of features but still provide a good value in order to sell, that would be manageable. But at $799, people expect to get just about everything — and even though the Xperia XZ Premium gets so close, it’s missing just enough that it’s instead an exceptionally tough sell in the U.S.
With the heating issues that plagued its predecessors out of the way, Sony’s newest flagship is a legitimate competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is just as powerful, has an excellent display, is waterproof, has decent battery life, and offers a very good set of cameras. Its main weaknesses are its aesthetics and ergonomics, and the new Samsungs smoke the Xperia in this regard. We really hope to see a more modern design language in Sony’s next generation. The chrome finish might tempt some buyers but isn’t practical for real-world usage, so we highly recommend you look at the other colour options if you’re considering buying this phone.
At the time of writing this review, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is priced at Rs. 59,990, which seems a bit on the higher side considering that there’s only a relatively small spec bump compared to the Xperia XZs. If Sony hopes to push good number of units off the shelf, then it needs to get more aggressive with pricing, as the Galaxy S8 would undoubtedly look more attractive to buyers.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium will not be widely distributed on US carriers, which has been a thorn in the side of Sony’s presence in the States for a long time now. However, it is available for $799 on e-commerce channels for unlocked editions, and this includes places like Amazon and even Best Buy. For a 4K display, water resistance, a good camera, and even a dual-SIM slot, it’s a tad impressive that Sony keeps the XZ Premium competitively priced against the likes of current Samsung and LG flagships.
Oh Sony, how great it is that for the second time you have made availible a high-end smartphone with innovative technological features. The Xperia XZ Premium impresses with high-resolution sound, noise cancelling with the corresponding headphones and a slow-motion function that works really well. And all of that just for a few dollars more compared to the Xperia XZ. Then come good battery runtimes and of course the phenomenal HDR screen of which we hope that it will become a standard for high-end devices. If only Sony had used an AMOLED screen here….
But it is a shame, on the other hand, that in comparison to these technical highlights, its outside seems rather out-of-date: the case is heavy and although elegant, is easy to distort. The wide bezels do not help to make the display appear modern. On top of that the device has only standard storage capacity, a slow GPS module, mediocre Wi-Fi reception further awy from the router and not particularly good call quality. The accessories lack Quick Charge and the cheap headset is not worthy of a flagship device.
Had Sony been a little braver, they could have made the Xperia XZ Premium into an outstanding smartphone, eclipsing its competition. As it is, the device is simply one of many high-end smartphones that has convincing technical features. Do not misunderstand us, in many areas the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a good smartphone with a fantastic HDR screen. But the feeling that Sony might have forgotten about the basics among all this technological progress remains.