Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Sony Xperia XZ Premium
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Quick Verdict

Sony's Xperia XZ Premium is a powerful, slightly chunky take on a 2017 premium smartphone. There are a few design oddities, and slow motion isn't the only photography benefit, but this is otherwise a sterling handset if you're after a premium experience.

The good

  • Delightful 4K display.
  • Powerful processor.
  • Solid battery life.
  • 960fps slow motion is lots of fun.
  • Water resistance.
  • CAT 16 connectivity.

The bad

  • Terrible SIM/microSD card slot.
  • Slow motion is fiddly to use.
  • Bulky design.

Sony Xperia XZ at a glance
When was the Sony Xperia XZ released? June 2017.
What’s new about the Sony Xperia XZ? Snapdragon 835, 4K HDR display, 960fps slow motion camera.
How much does the Sony Xperia XZ cost? RRP $1,099.

Sony sells the Xperia XZ Premium on the back of its amazing slow-motion ability, but there's a lot more to this premium handset.

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.

Camera

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

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

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Premium by name, premium by nature

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium packs the power and features to go toe-to-toe with the top flagship smartphones on the market.

Promoted
  • You can currently find the Sony XZ Premium selling for around $680 at online retailers like Catch, DWI and Kogan.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.5
Display resolution (pixels) 3840 x 2160
Pixels per inch (PPI) 807
Processor Snapdragon 835
Height (mm) 156
Width (mm) 77
Depth (mm) 7.9
Weight (g) 191
Battery size (mAh) 3,230
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 19
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 13
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 16
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 10th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 845
5
2160 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 845
5.7
2160 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
3840 x 2160
64GB
MT6757
6
1920 x 1080
32GB
MT6757
5
1280 x 720
32GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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