Refined Design & Lightning Fast | Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review
Since the release of their first phone in 2008, Sony has been quite prolific with their Xperia range. The latest in their long line of smartphones is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Announced at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the XZ Premium is the brand’s newest flagship model. We recently got our hands on one to try out.
Sony Xperias feature some of my favourite smartphone designs – especially on the flagship models. The build quality of the flagships always impresses me, and the XZ Premium is no exception. It’s a beautifully sleek and refined piece with clean lines and slighty curved edges. The 5.5″ HDR 4k screen is sandwiched between bezels, which house two front speakers.
The slim phone is made with Gorilla glass on the front and back, which adds a really nice premium quality and some weight to it. While the glass looks really cool and offers durability to the construction, it does tend to attract quite a bit of fingerprint smudging. At first, I also found the phone to be pretty slippery in hand, which made it quite terrifying to take out when standing on surfaces that weren’t carpeted. It didn’t take long to get used to the feel of it though and my hand fell into a natural grip on the phone.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium carries a rating of IP65/68 for water and dust resistance, meaning you can safely get caught in the rain or spill water on it and it’ll be fine.
By far my favourite thing about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is its camera. The 19 megapixel sensor captures some incredible shots with deep and rich colours and nice details. Same goes for the front-facing camera, which is 13 megapixels and features a low-light sensor and wide angle lens; ideal for stepping up your selfie game.
Slow Motion Video
One of the biggest new features in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is its ability to record videos at 960 frames per second. This results in super slow motion video capture – slower than any other smartphone that’s currently on the market. The super slo-mo records at 720p, which does mean a slight loss in overall quality, but it is worth it for the cool footage you’ll capture with this feature. Another slo-mo video option with the smartphone includes recording 120fps at 720p and applying the slo-mo effect afterward.
Regular videos are recorded at 1080p, which results in clear, high-quality footage. However, to really amp up your videos, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium allows you to record in 4k too.
Another of the new camera features in the Xperia XZ Premium is the Predictive Capture. When this feature is activated, it starts taking shots one second before you click the shutter button, giving you up to four different shots to choose from. Predictive Capture is a really handy way of compensating for the natural lag between seeing a moment and capturing the photo in time.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium runs the latest version of Android, with a super clean interface. It features the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, which makes it run lightning fast. The new processor is also really good when it comes to gaming. It delivers extremely beautiful graphics, and together with the super crisp display, it makes playing games on it a total pleasure.
Speaking of the display, the Xperia XZ Premium can play 4k content, which looks simply spectacular on the screen. Images appear impressively true to life, with super deep and vivid colours.
The Wrap-Up – Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review
Being super quick and beautifully built, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a really solid choice for an Android smartphone. If your primary uses for a phone include its camera, or for entertainment like gaming and watching videos, this is a stellar option to consider. The phone’s photography and video recording capabilities are highly impressive. Not to mention its big, crisp 4k display. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is now available through most major carriers and retailers.