Sony’s highly impressive Xperia XZ Premium puts all other premium phones on notice.
When does the Sony Xperia XZ Premium come out? Australian availability expected mid-year
What’s new about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium? Snapdragon 835, 4K HDR display, 960fps slow motion camera
How much will the Sony Xperia XZ Premium cost? To be confirmed, but it will carry premium pricing
What is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium?
While the broad mobile phone space is dominated by just two brands, that hasn’t stopped other manufacturers from delivering some genuinely unique handsets.
Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium is its third “flagship” phone in just over a year, which means that the company is iterating rapidly. What it’s also doing is throwing every high end technology it can into a handset in 2017, with very few exceptions.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is an Android 7.1 (“Nougat”) phone with a 5.5 inch 4K HDR ready display, Qualcomm’s cutting edge Snapdragon 835 processor and a high-end 19MP rear camera.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review
We were able to get some hands-on time with the Xperia XZ Premium at Mobile World Congress, which you can read about in our hands-on Sony Xperia XZ Premium review. Sony’s samples at the show were early prototypes though, so we’ll save our full review for the finished product.
Is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium a powerful phone?
From a specifications viewpoint, definitely. The Snapdragon 835 that powers the Xperia XZ premium is Qualcomm’s flagship SoC for 2017, and combined with 4GB of RAM, it’s a combination that should deliver premium power. It will need to, however, with a 4K HDR display to work on. The end result can deliver some delightfully sharp visuals, although end results will depend on the apps you use.
Does the Sony Xperia XZ have a good camera?
The worst kept secret in smartphones is that Sony makes most of the cameras you’ll find in just about any smartphone. As such, it’s naturally saved the best for itself. It was only shortly before Mobile World Congress where the Xperia XZ Premium was announced that Sony revealed its development of a camera sensor capable of up to 1000 frame per second slow motion. The Xperia XZ Premium is the beneficiary of that sensor, with frame rates of 960FPS for super slow motion.
How do I charge the Sony Xperia XZ Premium?
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium charges via USB C, also used for data transfer. That’s pretty much essential for any 2017 flagship phone, although whether Sony will provide USB C to type B micro or similar connectors in box to make it easier to connect to computers or share the more ordinary microUSB chargers is as yet unknown.
Is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium water resistant?
Sony has a decent track record when it comes to water resistance on its phones. Not every premium Sony phone has featured water resistance, but the Sony Xperia XZ Premium very much does. There are limits to any phone’s ability to resist the ingress of water, so taking that 960fps camera down into deep sea trenches is inadvisable, but simply dropping it into a pool or spilling water on it shouldn’t be a fuss at all.
When will the Sony Xperia XZ Premium be available in Australia?
Sony hasn’t provided precise details on Australian availability. It’s expected to launch to the global market in “late Spring”, but that may not mean immediate Australian availability. It’s further complicated by the inclusion of the Snapdragon 835 in the Xperia XZ Premium, because Samsung’s deal with Qualcomm means that the Samsung Galaxy S8 (which will also run on the same SoC) will be released first to market.
How much will the Sony Xperia XZ Premium cost?
Sony really is throwing every possible high-end technology into the Xperia XZ Premium, so we don’t expect it to come to market at a budget price. While it has yet to make a formal announcement, we expect it to sell somewhere around or north of $1200 outright.
Sony has a decent track record of placing phones with Australian carriers, so it may be feasible to pick one up on contract, although whether all three of the big carriers opt for it remains to be seen.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Specifications
|Sony||Xperia XZ Premium|
|Resolution||3,840 x 2,160|
|Size||140.7 x156 x 77 x 7.9 mm|