Sony xperia xz premium review: this camera trick is best in class


Sony’s 4K điện thoại thông minh boasts a pixel-packed display & a solid snapper

ByJohn McCann09 February 2018


Our Verdict

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has everything you want when paying top dollar for a phone, with its 4K display và slow motion camera two standout tiệc ngọt pieces. It will please Sony fans around the world.

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a genuine flagship điện thoại thông minh. It boasts a market-leading 4K display, the lathử nghiệm high-over power under the hood và Sony’s professional photography heritage, including super slow motion capture, round the baông chồng.

MWC 2018 at the kết thúc of February though, as its successor may launch at the show.>

There’s a lot khổng lồ lượt thích about the XZ Premium on paper – but a feature-packed spec sheet doesn’t always produce the top-notch experience we’ve come lớn expect from high-over smartphones.

Sony is still stuck in a bit of a design rut, và it’s struggling khổng lồ compete with the might of Apple and Samsung, while the likes of LG, Huawei và Motorola continue lớn offer stiff competition. 

The Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s chance to put itself firmly bachồng on the điện thoại thông minh maps, but has it succeeded?

Sony Xperia XZ Premium price & release date

Launch price: £649 ($799, about AU$1,100) SIM-freeCurrent price: £499 ($540, about AU$700) SIM-freeRelease date: June 2017

This will likely come as no surprise, but this was not a cheap phone at launch. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium price initially was £649 ($799, around AU$1,100), which saw it rub shoulders with the Samsung Galaxy S8 và iPhone 7 Plus in terms of cost.

The good news is that, since its June 2017 arrival, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium price has now dropped &, if you shop around, can be found for £499 ($540, about AU$700) SIM-free. 

It means contract deals are also more attractive sầu now, if you"d rather spread the cost over a couple of years. If you are considering picking up the Xperia XZ Premium though, you may want to lớn hold on a little bit.

Sony is tipped lớn launch the successor lớn the handphối (the XZ Premium 2) at MWC 2018 at the kết thúc of February, so an even better version could be available to you very soon. if the new version doesn"t take your fancy, it"ll likely drive sầu the price of the current XZ Premium down further.

Find out what the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is like lớn live sầu with by watching our "week with" đoạn phim.


Glass, metal và plastic build isn"t the most premiumSide-mounted fingerprint scanner is usefulSIM slot is fiddly
Xperia XZ Premium Specs

Weight: 195gDimensions: 156 x 77 x 7.9mmOS: Android 8Screen size: 5.46 inchesResolution: 2160 x 3840CPU: Snapdragon 835RAM: 4GBStorage: 64GBBattery: 3,230mAhRear camera: 19MPFront camera: 13MP 

Sony"s phone may be Premium in name, but it"s not overly so in nature. When it comes to thiết kế the Sony Xperia XZ Premium leaves something khổng lồ be desired compared to its flagship rivals.

The Gorilla Glass 5 front & rear at least provides some tough protection, but the sides of phone are noticeably plastic, and it’s this material which you feel when you hold the phone.

It’s a shame, as it makes the handphối feel cheaper than it is – something you don’t want when spending top dollar – and the flat front & bachồng means it doesn’t nestle in the hvà as neatly as some of the more curved devices on the market.

We found the glass was a real fingerprint magnet – much lượt thích the Galaxy S8 and Jet Blaông xã iPhone 7 – so it can quickly kết thúc up looking messy.

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There’s also a lot of bezel around the display, which pushes the dimensions of the XZ Premium lớn 156 x 77 x 7.9milimet, making it taller and wider than the LG G6 và Samsung Galaxy S8 – phones which boast bigger screens than the Sony.

These bezels do allow for stereo front-facing speakers, and provide space for you to hold the phone in landscape orientation when gaming or watching videos without your fingers blocking the display.

The power button on the right of the handset also falls nicely under thumb when held in your right hand, or finger when in your left hvà, & it’s enhanced by the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner built into the key, allowing you to lớn unloông chồng the phone without entering a pin, pattern or password.

We found it was fast at unlocking most of the time, but every now và then we’d have sầu to have sầu a second attempt lớn get it khổng lồ register.

It’s worth noting that previous fingerprint-reading Sony handsets have sầu dropped the digit scanner tech for their US models, so there’s no guarantee that if/when the Xperia XZ Premium hits the US it’ll have sầu the feature.

The top và bottom edges of the XZ Premium are metal, and we’d have sầu liked to lớn have seen this finish extend up the sides of the phone, as it would have sầu provided a better look và feel in the h&. On the base of the handset there’s a USB-C port while on top there’s a headphone jack – which will please those who have sầu watched in horror as Motorola and Apple removed it from their phones.

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Another positive with the Xperia XZ Premium is its IP68 dust và water resistance, which means it’ll survive sầu a dip in the bath và heavy rain – just don’t go deep-sea diving. The IP. protection only affords the phone protection up to lớn depths of 1 meter in fresh water.

Something else that"s slightly disappointing is the SIM & microSD flap và tray. The plastic insert feels fragile, plus it only has space for the microSD thẻ. The separate SIM tray (which is under the same flap) requires you lớn dig a nail into the side of the phone & tease it out.

For many this will be an operation they"ll only need lớn persize a couple of times, but the plastic flap feels like it could prove a weak links in the water-resistant chain if you’re someone who swaps microSD cards on a regular basis.

Lined up alongside its peers the Sony Xperia XZ Premium doesn’t quite pull off the same flagship finesse – & even more affordable handsets, such as the OnePlus 3T và Honor 8, have sầu arguably smarter finishes.


5.46-inch 4K HDR display

While the kiến thiết of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium may not phối it apart, its screen is certainly in a league of its own.

Following on from the Xperia Z5 Premium, the XZ Premium is Sony’s second điện thoại thông minh to boast a 4K display backed up by the firm’s Bravia TV tech – & in most markets it"ll be the only phone you’ll find with such a resolution.

That equates lớn a resolution of 3840 x 2160, which when stretched over 5.46 inches gives you an eye-popping px density of 807ppi. To put that in perspective sầu, the beautiful Infinity Display on the Galaxy S8 manages 570ppi, while the LG G6 gives up 564ppi.

You won’t find a sharper screen on another điện thoại thông minh, and unlike its 4K-toting predecessor you actually get the full resolution all the time. The Z5 Premium would only deliver the full 4K experience when you were watching video of the same resolution, whereas on the new Xperia XZ Premium it’s 3840 x 2160 all the way – from the home screen và browser to lớn the tiện ích store & your social truyền thông media profiles.

There"s no option in the settings khổng lồ reduce the resolution of the display to lớn save sầu processing power and battery life, where as the QHD toting Galaxy S8 does give you the option.

On the Xperia XZ Premium though, we didn"t find a need lớn have sầu the resolution reduced at any point as the battery life was pleasing. You can find out just how well it lasted later on in this review.

The screen panel uses LCD technology, delivering a crisp, clear image; it doesn’t have quite the same pop as the AMOLED displays found on the Galaxy S8, Mokhổng lồ Z và OnePlus 3T, but the Triluminos Display công nghệ does enhance colors over standard LCD panels. This is a screen you’ll still want lớn ogle.

It also feels a little small, especially now that the 5.7-inch LG G6 và 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8 have started khổng lồ break new ground when it comes lớn screen kích cỡ in 2017.

That said, if you haven’t had the luxury of using those phones yet, you’ll still find the Xperia XZ Premium provides ample space – especially if you’re upgrading from a two-year-old phone.

While it"s certainly nice khổng lồ say your phone packs a 4K resolution, the reality is it offers very little over & above sầu the excellent QHD displays you get on the likes of the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and Điện thoại HTC U11.

Watch 4K content on the Xperia XZ Premium & it"s one of the best visual experiences you can get from a smartphone - but finding that nội dung isn"t easy, & there"s actually not all that much readily available.

Sony will argue that the XZ Premium is future proofed, as 4K content will only increase in availability - which is true - but at this screen size QHD usually more than suffices.

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