Sony Xperia XZ Premium was the first phone to be announced with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 at the heart of the show back at the MWC 2017 in February.
At the time, the phone was even recognized as the best phone to be announced at the annual event that is usually held in Spain’s Barcelona. One thing that made sure the Xperia XZ Premium received this recognition was the amazing camera of the phone that allows users to record slow motion videos of up to 960 frames per second.
While this ability to record HD slow motion videos at an impressive 960 frames per second makes the Xperia XZ Premium a unique phone in the current market, you only get to record a mere 6 seconds. Of course, there is still no other smartphone that can manage the same feat, but does this make Sony’s flagship the best phone in the market? Definitely not.
One thing that makes Sony phones so ancient is the design. In a year where every smartphone OEM is trying different things with the design language, Sony has elected to largely stick to the same old story. The Xperia XZ Premium can easily be recognized from a distance as a trademark Sony phone thanks to the huge bezels on the top and bottom. The edges also have significant bezels and when compared to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6, the XZ Premium looks so 1990s.
One would be quick to say that the huge bezels make the phone feel much more secure even when it accidentally falls down. But what would be the purpose of having advanced technologies such as Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 in the market? The likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 use this technology to keep the glass parts on the phones sturdy enough to survive falls, something that Sony needs to learn from.
Another weird thing with the Xperia XZ Premium is that it comes with a market dependent fingerprint scanner or rather to be precise; the feature is disabled on phones sold in the U.S. In order to use this feature in North America, one must not buy the phone via the official Sony channels, instead, they’ll have to get it from other sources and have it shipped to the U.S. The problem with buying, say, a European variant of the phone, is the compatibility issue with different carriers.
So, why would one pay $799 for a flagship phone and not be able to enjoy the full features of the phone? It makes little sense, but obviously, this is one reason Sony isn’t doing so well in the U.S.
In terms of other areas, the Xperia XZ Premium definitely fits the bill of a flagship phone. You get a 5.46-inch UHD display screen that is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 technology. As noted earlier, the Snapdragon 835 SoC runs the show and it’s paired with a 4GB RAM and a decent 64GB package, which can be expanded via a microSD of up to 256GB.
In terms of photography, the Xperia XZ Premium has a 19MP shooter on the back with an aperture of f/2.0, EIS, LED flash, predictive phase detection and laser autofocus as well as support for 4K video recording. The front shooter has a 13MP lens with the same aperture and ability to record 1080p videos. Keeping the phone alive is a 3230mAh battery unit that is supported by Quick Charge 3.0 technology and is charged via a USB-C port, but you still get a 3.5mm audio jack as well as the latest Bluetooth 5.0.
Software-wise, the Xperia XZ Premium has Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box and the entire body has IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.
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