Sony’s Xperia series of flagship phones come to mind when we think of a premium Android phone. Not to mention the Xperia phones also come with the ‘Premium’ tag itself, to remind the users what they’re carrying is something extraordinary. The Xperia XZ was made exclusive in Nepal in Dec last year and it was a pure beauty when you looked at it. But it was all last year, today, the shiny new Xperia XZ Premium is made official at the MWC.The ‘Premium’ tag on Sony phones is similar to the ‘s’ tag on the iPhone’s model. Not much has changed on Premium despite a few upgrades. Looks wise the phone is pretty similar to the XZ and the only distinction is the new mirror Chrome finish which we saw on the Z5 Premium. Chrome finish is one of the most compelling premium colors which is just an eye candy. But looks is not what the Xperia XZ Premium is made for, the 19MP camera equipped with the phone named Motion Eye is capable of recording Slo-Mo video at 960 frames per second at 720 resolution which is insane! Not only that, the camera also comes with its own memory which starts capturing photos in the background as soon as it detects motion and when the shutter button is pressed it pulls the image which it had already taken, resulting in zero shutter lag. The camera is also said to have a great low-light performance and anti-distortion features. Also, the phone comes with a dedicated shutter button.
Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 5.5inch screen with the world’s first 4K HDR display resulting in insane 801ppi. With the HDR display, colors will be brighter, sharper and punchier. And it has partnered with Amazon for the 4K HDR contents which the users can enjoy on their phone. But like the Xperia Z5 Premium, the display is quiet, not 4K. It shifts the resolution to 4K only when you are viewing 4K contents and other times it will switch back to Full HD. The phone will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 Chipset and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, also offers micro sd card slot for expansion. The phone also keeps the headphone jack alive and comes with a USB C port. It sports a side mounted fingerprint sensor which acts as both power/lock button. XZ Premium is also IP68 water resistant.
Xperia XZ Premium runs on the latest version of android 7.1 Nougat and is backed up by 3,230 mAh battery which seems relatively small for all the power that it’s packing. It will come in three colors, Chrome, Ice Blue and Black. Despite an early preview, the phone won’t be launched until spring and the price is expected to be over $800.