Smartphone quality comes in tiers and price points. High-end, premium phones are called flagship devices. While there are also mid-range and low-range devices, in the end, smartphones are judged depending on the quality of inner workings that everyone depends on to meet their personal needs. Not everyone understands what GB, RAM, Gorilla Glass, LCD and all the other fun terms of the smartphone world mean. Luckily, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium makes things easier to understand and delivers quality along the way.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium offers premium specs with a premium camera and an overall premium experience for the everyday user.
There was a time when shopping for a phone meant looking for something you like and not having to worry about how it works. Times have changed and there are more important things to worry about than just the looks. We want a phone that makes calls but we also want an exceptional camera, to be able to listen to and enjoy our music, and a display that shows everything as it should. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium launched in the middle of May at Best Buy offering all of that and more.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Specs
Technology specs can get a little confusing, especially when they start using abbreviations and jargon. However, it’s important to understand what you’re buying when you buy the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The most important specs are the size and the inner workings.
The XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch display, that measurement comes from one corner to the diagonally opposite corner of the actual display. In total though, the XZ Premium is 6.14-inches from corner to corner. The phone is made out of glass with aluminum accents. The Android device runs the latest version of Android and with 64GB of storage available as well, there is plenty of room for all of the photos and videos you take. With 64GB of storage, you can store about 2.4 hours of 4k video or about 9,000 photos. The XZ Premium also has an SD card slot which means you can add a memory card to the phone and store even more photos and videos. You’ll also have access to Quick-Charge technology.
4K HDR Display and Super Slow Motion Camera
One of the most desirable functions of any smartphone is the camera. Almost everyone is carrying a phone around and you never know when you’ll need to take a great photo or shoot a video. For many a phone camera is the only camera they have so it needs to be GOOD!
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with a whopping 19MP main camera. However, there is more to the camera than just the MP’s. There is a new feature that is the first of its kind called Motion Eye camera system with Predictive capture. This new feature has the camera capturing moments as soon as you open it. Once you click the button to take a photo, it will rewind time by one second and take four photos starting from that first second. You’ll get to pick your favorite photo from those four and never miss a moment again because your finger was too slow.
The camera also comes with a super slow motion feature letting you make awesome videos with just a few clicks. Best of all, these features only compliment the already amazing 4k quality of the camera.
There’s more to note about the display though. The display is a 4k HDR display meaning it is one of the best displays on a smartphone as of release. That 4k HDR display is there to help you see the 4k quality videos you take with the camera and optimize viewing of 4k videos on streaming platforms. This is the first 4k HDR display of its kind on a smartphone.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
With all of the power available in the camera and the display of the XZ Premium, you’ll need a computer chip that can run them. The Snapdragon 835 processor is the computer chip that will keep everything running smoothly. The processor not only helps run the camera and the display but also has the power to let you play the latest PlayStation games with PS4 Remote Play. You may not know how the Snapdragon 835 Processor works, but you’ll see it every time you take a photo, watch a video, access WiFi, listen to music or play games.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Price
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is available today as an unlocked phone. An Unlocked phone means it’s not tied to a carrier and can be used on multiple carriers. When buying an XZ Premium, you’ll have the chance to choose between a few different colors; Deepsea Black, Luminous Chrome, or Bronze Pink. No matter which color you choose, the XZ Premium is $799.99. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is available now at Best Buy.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review and Overall Thoughts
When it comes to smartphone cameras the Sony Xperia XZ Premium performs incredibly well and offers features that set it apart from its peers. Pictures come out crisp and clean even when I’m taking them while walking. Videos are amazing and having the option to add in the slow motion effects takes the user experience to a new level. However, there is an unclear legal dispute that keeps Sony from shipping phones with fingerprint sensors in the US. The lack of a fingerprint sensor was a shock to me and feels a bit outdated, but the camera more than makes up for that.
The design of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is definitely premium but it is also on the larger side. Some people may not like such a big phone but I didn’t have an issue with its size. The 4K display makes gaming a huge plus as well as watching Amazon videos or Netflix. Overall, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a great addition and improvement in the Sony Xperia line of devices. If you’ve loved past Sony Xperia devices you are definitely in for a treat with this newest device. It is truly the best Xperia experience you can get to date.