The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of the highlights of MWC 2017, to the point that it was recognized as the Best New Smartphone at the annual Global Mobile Awards. So what makes the XZ Premium a winner? Here are five reasons.
1. Premium build and attractive design
Just looking at the Xperia XZ alone will already tell you of its quality. It sports what Sony calls the glass loop surface that creates a mirror effect. It’s not an ordinary glass though as it is made from Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, both the front and back. The top and bottom of the device, on the other hand, are made of metal with diamond cut edges. The camera even has a stainless steel ring. As for its overall design, it has features reminiscent of old flagship Xperias but still looks modern.
2. Water resistant and dust-proof
The XZ Premium’s body is not just about aesthetics as Sony has also given it water and dust resistance rated at IP65/68. That said, you won’t have to worry even if you drop it in water, take calls in the rain, or accidentally spill liquids on it. If it’s dusty or dirty, you can clean it with water from the faucet.
3. 4K HDR display, High-Res audio
Sony has always injected BRAVIA TV genes in their Xperia smartphones and it’s very evident in the XZ Premium with a 4K HDR screen. It has Triluminos Display tech which can output 138% of the color spectrum, X-Reality with Noise Reduction, texture and outline improvement, pixel reproduction, and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. To sum it up, the Xperia XZ Premium has one of the most impressive displays in the market. Not only that, the XZ Premium also supports Hi-Res audio with DSEE HX technology, LDAC for Bluetooth streaming, Digital Noise Cancelling (DNC), S-Force Front Surround, Automatic Headphone Optimisation (AHO), and Virtual Phones Technology (VPT), to name a few.
4. Motion Eye camera with 960fps slow motion
Sony is one of the leaders when it comes to imaging and it’s no surprise the XZ Premium sports one of the most impressive cameras in a smartphone. What we’re talking about is the 19MP Motion Eye camera with a 1/2.3″ Exmor RS memory stacked sensor, with triple image sensing technology, predictive hybrid autofocus, and SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization). One of its most impressive feats is its capability to shoot super slow motion videos in 960fps.
5. Snapdragon 835 with Gigabit LTE
Granted that it’s running a high-res display and a powerful camera, the XZ Premium needs a powerful engine to push all that hardware. In this case, it’s the Snapdragon 835 processor supported by an Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB UFS. According to Qualcomm, the SD835 is 35% smaller and uses 25% less power than previous designs, and is engineered to deliver long battery life, VR and AR experiences, and cutting-edge camera capabilities. In addition, it also features the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 LTE (Cat 16) modem for Gigabit-Class download speeds.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium specs:
- 5.5-inch 4K HDR Triluminos display
- X-Reality, Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 64-bit CPU
- Adreno 540 GPU
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB UFS
- Up to 256GB microSD
- 19MP 1/2.3″ Exmor RS Motion Eye rear camera w/ Hybrid AF
- Super slow motion 960fps video capture
- SteadyShot w/ Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
- 13MP 1/3.06? Exmor RS front camera
- Gigabit LTE
- GPS, A-GPSIP68-certified body
- USB Type-C
- Fingerprint sensor
- Android 7.0 Nougat
- 3,230mAh battery
- 156 x 77 x 7.9 mm
- 195 g