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Sony launches Xperia XZ Premium in Australia



Sony's latest flagship is available in Australia from today for $1099

Sony formally announced the Sony Xperia XZ Premium at Mobile World Congress 2017, with the promise that we'd see an Australian release by mid-year. It has just managed to squeak that in, launching the Xperia XZ Premium with availability from today.

With a suffix like "Premium", you should expect all the trimmings. The Xperia XZ Premium was the first phone announced to be running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, although the HTC U11 beat it to market in terms of Australian availability. It features a 5.5 inch 4K HDR display for video purposes, but that's not its particular calling card either.

Where the Xperia XZ Premium stands out, at least on paper, is the camera module on board. Sony has long produced most (but not all) of the optics used for smartphone photography, and it's saved its best technology for itself with the Xperia XZ Premium, which features a 19MP rear camera with the ability to capture extremely slow motion video at up to 960 frames per second. It can't maintain that rate for terribly long, but the effect can be mesmerising.

The Xperia XZ Premium will be offered outright for $1099, and also on contract from today through Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. Telstra will also offer the phone in early July.

In terms of colour choices, carriers will offer the "Deep Sea Black" version, while Sony Mobile will sell both the "Luminous Chrome" and "Deep Sea Black" versions from today. JB Hi-Fi will also sell the Xperia XZ in both colour choices with pre-orders from today and in-store availability from 4 July 2017.

Full plan pricing is still to be announced, but we'll update when it all formally comes through.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Specifications

SonyXperia XZ Premium
Resolution3,840 x 2,160
SoftwareAndroid 7.1
Front Camera13MP
Rear Camera19MP
ProcessorSnapdragon 835
Size140.7 x156 x 77 x 7.9 mm

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