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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Brand: Sony
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 4 GB / 64 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Camera Back / Front: 19 MP / 13 MP
  • Battery: 3230 mAh
  • Display: 5.46 inches / 3840 x 2160 pixels
  • OS: Android 7.1

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 7 / 10
  • Display 8 / 10
  • Performance 9 / 10
  • Camera 9 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Features 8 / 10
  • Price 8 / 10

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the contender to the throne that came out of Sony woodworks this year – and a decent try at that, considering that you really don’t know what Sony considers a flagship anymore. Is it X? Z? Y? That is why we’ve got Sony Xperia XZ Premium to guide the way of a return in great style this year. Speaking of style, it is not actually its best suite, knowing the type of phones out there. It looks like a thing of the past, a bit chunky and boxy. Sharp edges are unapologetic for this day and time. It’s not all bad though, and we’ll take a look at some other Sony Xperia XZ Premium features:

Colors are extremely pleasing to look at, and some models have a polished, shiny surface that can act as a beautiful mirror. Being square has an advantage that you can actually place the phone standing up, and unlike Samsung’s flagship, Sony placed the fingerprint sensor on the side. That one is ingeniously designed and extremely practical for everyday use. Sony Xperia XZ Premium stands out with its 5.5-inches screen and an extreme 2160 x 3840 pixels 4K resolution. Sony has tried to make a trademark feature out of, but it looks better on paper than in reality.

The screen has approximately 807 PPI density, but this fact doesn’t seem to mean a thing. Human eye just cannot spot a difference in resolution on a screen of this size, so the 4K resolution is pretty much an overkill. You’re better off buying another smartphone, you probably wouldn’t spot a difference. Now let’s delve into some other specs of Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The internals is top of the game, used by other companies flagships, and that means a lot when choosing whether to buy Sony’s phone.

Beasts that powers it is the almighty Snapdragon 835 processor, but with only 4GB of RAM, which still hasn’t started to hurt. You’ll be able to enjoy good graphics and a pleasant interface and navigate easily. We can thank the built-in Android 7.1.1 Nougat for that, in combination with Adreno 540 GPU. The option to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo is present and ready. Some bad features will stay, like for example reaching all the way to the top to bring up notification bar. We’re sad that even though it has been eliminated on some other competitors, it is present here. Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a bulky phone, towering over Samsung S8, for example. It’s even wider, and not for the right reasons – you’re not getting a bigger screen, nor the bigger battery. A 3230 mAh capacity is lower than some other smaller phones.

But for a price of Sony Xperia XZ Premium being about 583$ you’ll be getting something no phones have. The ‘Super Slo-Mo’ camera – the camera can shoot slow-motion videos at an unprecedented 960 frames per second. Although only for a 2 second at a time, and the resolution drops to 720p, the effects are insanely great. Unheard, even, except on professional cameras. In conclusion, it is obvious that Sony doesn’t make Samsung or iPhone lookalikes. Obviously, Sony Xperia XZ Premium certainly isn’t a mainstream smartphone. If you’re a fan of that, this is the phone to go for.



Announced Date 2017, February
Release Date Available. Released 2017, June


Dimensions 156 x 77 x 7.9 mm (6.14 x 3.03 x 0.31 in)
Weight 195 g (6.88 oz)
Colors Luminous Chrome, Deepsea Black, Bronze Pink, Rosso (red)


Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.46 inches, (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~807 ppi density)
Display Features Multi Touch, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR10 compliant, Triluminos display, X-Reality Engine


Primary 19 MP, f/2.0, 25mm, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash
Secondary 13 MP, f/2.0, 22mm, 1/3" sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p
Video 2160p@30fps, 720p@960fps, HDR
Camera Features 1/2.3" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama


Chipset Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 540


Card Type microSD
Internal 64 GB
External Up to 256 GB (SIM 2 slot)


OS Android 7.1 (Nougat)


Technology Used Li-Ion
Capacity 3230
Fast Charging


Alert Type Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker
Features Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host


Technology Used GSM / HSPA / LTE
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) - G8141 / Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) - G8142

Other Features

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted, region dependent), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browsers HTML5




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