Sony Xperia XZ Premium review

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of flagship smartphone by Sony that has got everything we usually look for. This smartphone has got 4K display and slow motion camera which is a good news for Sony lovers. The phone has also been equipped with latest high end power and professional photography technology that includes slow motion capture. There are many things about this phone on papers but specifications on papers are how much efficient is yet to be known with our Sony Xperia XZ Premium review.

Looking at Xperia XZ Premium design we can say that Sony is still struggling with phone design as compared with its competitors like Apple and Samsung.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Price

This should not be surprise for anyone that Sony phones are much costlier over normal budget. Xperia XZ Premium is priced $799 where Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus falls in same cost.

The phone has been released in European countries in June, 2017 and is available for sale on major e-commerce websites like Amazon.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Design

This Sony phone is the latest phone with name Premium, however phone lacks in design when compared with its competitors.

For tough protection in front Gorilla Glass 5 has been provided but when touched at sides of the phone we can notice plastic material feeling when holded in hands. This is one the major drawback of the phone as it gives cheaper look besides being the costlier phone.

When touched at fingerprint glass, it stood out to be like real magnet similar to Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7. A lot of bezel can be seen around display that makes the phone to be taller with dimensions of 156 x 77 x 7.9mm. Xperia XZ Premium is taller and wider than LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. Front facing stereo speakers can be seen with these bezels and is much easier to play games and watch videos in landscape orientation mode without blocking display. Power button at the right hand side of the phone is easier to push with right hand thumb or from your left hand finger. Fingerprint scanner has been built into the key to easily access your phone without entering any pattern, password or pin. Fingerprint scanner works really very fast.

To be noticed here is that Sony has stopped providing digit scanner technology in their fingerprint reading for US models. Therefore, there’s no guarantee if it will be provided in Xperia XZ Premium phones.

Metal can be found at top and bottom edges of the phone that gives somewhat nice look. Also, USB-C port can be found for faster charging with headphone jack port sitting at the top of the phone.

Xperia XZ Premium is resistant to dust and water due to IP68 technology and is able to withstand even deep water (upto 1m in fresh water) including heavy rains.

It’s not easier to put SIM and microSD card in Sony Xperia XZ Premium as thin nail is required to release the tray. Also, tray is made up of plastic which doesn’t look good. This could be a drawback for many users who change their micoSD card more often.

Overall Sony Xperia XZ Premium doesn’t provide same finishing and fineness after spending handsome amount of money instead affordable handsets like OnePlus 3T and Honor 8 has nice finishing.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Display

New Xperia XZ Premium has 4k display inspired from Bravia TV tech and truly this phone gives excellent display within such a resolution of 3840 x 2160. When stretched more over 5.46 inches it gives 807ppi pixel density. Taking other phones in consideration, Galaxy S8 provides 570ppi and LG G6 gives 564ppi.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Display

It’s impossible to find such sharper screen and display quality in any other smartphone due to its 4K predecessor that provides you full resolution every time. 4K video in Xperia Z5 Premium is available only while watching videos whereas in new Xperia XZ it is available all the time with resolution of 3840 x 2160 including everything right from your home screen to social media profiles. Also, you wont be able to find option to change resolution that helps to save your battery life whereas in Galaxy S8 you can change the resolution. However, battery saving mode or reducing down resolution to save battery is not required as the phone itself has surprising battery life. LCD technology screen gives crisp and clear image and is something different from other smartphones of this range. This standard LCD panel has Triluminos display technology with enhanced colors to give you a screen which you really wanted.

The screen size looks a bit small when compared with LG G6 comprising of 5.7inch and Galaxy S8 of 5.8inch. However, its good to use a 4K resolution display screen.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Interface:

Sony Xperia XZ gives you a neat and clean Android user experience. This phone runs on Android 7 Nougat which is Google’s new android Operating System. If you are switching from iPhone or Blackberry OS then you will not find it hard to learn with neat and clean user interface. As we all know that Sony phones has number of pre installed apps, the same habit has been repeated in Xperia XZ Premium that contains standard phone based applications with Google suite, however Sony has added at least 10 apps. Out of these apps some are useful like fitness-tracking Livelog and video editor, Music, Album, etc. similar to that core functions of Gmail. It also contains What’s New and Xperia Lounge apps that pushes content, games, apps and downloads including news.

If you decide not use few apps then simply press and hold that app. A small “x” pop up icon will be displayed to hide it from view.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Entertainment and Gaming

Sony has provided lot of power under the hood and placement of dual speakers are also good. The phone holds 4K HDR display with high resolution audio support. The phone is really fast and smoothly performs multitasking. You will be blown by the quality of 4K HDR video if you have access to one.

The screen is so clear that people look as if they are sitting the other side of the screen. It feels like as if you are looking at window rather than at smartphone’s screen. It is really wonderful.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Entertainment and Gaming

Sony Xperia XZ Premium consists of 64GB internal storage so if you want to save an hour talk show in 4K resolution, it takes 7 GB of space. Therefore, you definitely need an external memory card to save your 4k videos.

Gaming on the other hand in Xperia XZ is perfect. This is due to Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB RAM that handles everything. Also, you have the option to change performance settings to maximum.

Additional bezels can be found above and below the display so that you can keep as much of your hands as you want in landscape mode. Due to front stereo speakers you get audio straight towards you. This is also useful when you are listening to music as it provides room filling audio quality, however the volume isn’t highest. When headphones are plugged it automatically optimizes the type of headphones you have plugged in. Bluetooth audio output has been enhanced for wireless speakers and headphones. When compared with wired sound output it does not provide high resolution sound still it has been improved to provide better audio quality. This phone is ideal for music lovers as it gives great sound quality with minium noise.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Performance

Performance of XPeria XZ Premium is great with Snapdragon 835 chip and 4GB RAM. When running Geekbench 4 app it provided multi-core score of 6,424 which is an excellent result. This beats Samsung Galaxy S8 that has 6.630 score and Huawei P10 scored 5,888.

This makes the phone smoother to operate with swift opening of apps. Multi-tasking is easier and you can easily switch between apps without any lag.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Camera

Sony Xperia XZ Premium compromises of excellent camera of 19MP equipped with Sony built sensors that has features like HDR, face detection, image stabilization, laser auto-focus and predictive phase detection technology. Also, super slow motion footage capture technology has been provided that staggers at 960 fps. Whereas super slow motion in iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 records at 240 fps. This clearly means that Xperia XZ provides slower footage when captured at right moment.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium camera image sample

Three different slow modes have been provided where the entry level slow motion records at 120 fps which also gives the benefit of applying slow motion effect after recording video. If you want slow motion at particular point after recording, then this entry level slow motion will help you out.

The other two slow modes, super slow and super slow motion helps to record at 960 fps that can not be edited. To start super slow all you need is to tap shutter key for once and the phone automatically captures a five second video in slow motion at 960 fps.

Talking about third super slow motion, it is the complete package. This can be started by simply hitting the record button that will film at 720p. Also for this extra button has been provided which when selected in recording provides super slow motion in middle of recording for few seconds and then resumes normal recording.

Apart from slow motion, Sony has provided smartphone snapper that performs great most times when it has been switched to intelligent Auto mode. It automatically adapts lighting environment to deliever high quality shots with help of laser autofocus that keeps captured photo quality high.

Sony’s predective face technology in this phone is great and keeps on targeting face while the person is moving. A dedicated physical camera button has been provided similar to other sony phones. The key provided in Sony Xperia XZ is a two-stage key. The first stage is to focus on the shot and can be achieved by simply pressing button half way down. Second stage includes capturing of shot by fully pressing camera button.

In manual mode you can easily fine tune focus, white balance, shutter speed and exposure.

Images captured by Sony Xperia XZ Premium is great including improvement in Sony’s post processing. Images captured are full of detail and color.

Spend some time and explore camera, you will love super slow motion mode and will enjoy by technology that Sony has offered in photography department through Xperia XZ Premium.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Battery

Sony Xperia XZ Premium has 3230mAh non removable battery that is 7.9mm thick. While other phones in the same price segment has much more higher battery life. Battery life is what Sony should think of.

Battery being more than 3000mAh is able to easily stand a day. Before going to bed in-between 15%-20% battery was left after 40 mins of TV shows, YouTube videos, many calls, messages, social media usage, emails, web browsing and 2 hour games.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Conclusion

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a nice phone with full of features packed in it. The display is also impressive with 4K display technology and great processing power inside the phone with solid battery life makes the phone ideal for everyone. The price has been kept high, still it is one of the top phones of 2017 which you should definately think of.

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