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Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Sony's Xperia XZ Premium has a few design oddities, and slow motion isn't the only photography benefit, but it is otherwise a sterling handset if you're after a premium experience.

  • Delightful 4K display.
  • Powerful processor.
  • Solid battery life.
  • 960fps slow motion is lots of fun.
  • Water resistance.
  • CAT 16 connectivity.
  • Terrible SIM/microSD card slot.
  • Slow motion is fiddly to use.
  • Bulky design.

5.5 inches

Display size

2160 x 3840px

64GB

Internal storage

19 MP

Rear camera

3,230 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
2160 x 3840px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
807 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
19MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
13MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm
Weight
191g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 835
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
3,230mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$1,099
Launch date2017-06
Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony's fortunes in the mobile space have been interesting to watch over the past couple of years, because despite bringing out solid handsets, it's been a long while since it's had a genuinely exciting device with features that weren't, in some way or another, just catching up to the best in the industry.

However, at 2017's Mobile World Congress, Sony fired a definitive shot in the smartphone war, announcing the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. This was a handset with all the trimmings and then some, and was intended to be its flagship phone for 2017 against the likes of the LG G6 and the (at that point unannounced) Samsung Galaxy S8. We know Sony can make good phones, but can it make a truly great phone?


Design

  • 4K screen is gorgeous.
  • A little chunky for a modern smartphone.
XperiaXZPremium_738

Camera

  • Premium photo quality on par with other high-end handsets.
  • Super slow-motion video capture is impressive, if limited.
XperiaXZPremium_camera_738

Performance

  • Fast and powerful in both benchmark testing and real-world use.
  • 3D gaming performance is especially impressive.

Battery life

  • 3,230mAh battery delivers surprising longevity given the 4K screen and high-powered processor.
  • Under typical use, all-day battery life is totally viable.

Verdict

  • Sony has delivered a capable and compelling addition to 2017's already impressive line-up of premium smartphones.

Pricing and availability

  • Price: RRP $680
  • Where to buy: eBay

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
2160 x 3840px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
807 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
19MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
13MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm
Weight
191g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 835
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 256GB
Battery capacity
3,230mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No

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