As Sony Mobile announce the launch of new smartphones Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 compact at the MWC 2018, we had a chance to review the Sony Xperia XZ Premium model.
Sony. A 70 year old company that gifted us with some of the greatest innovations in the world be it the iconic ‘Walkman’ or ‘Cyber-shot digital cameras’ or even the legendary ‘PlayStation’ lineup. Back in 2001, Sony Mobile announced its joint venture with Swedish firm ‘Ericsson’ to be known as ‘Sony Ericsson’. Those were the days.
The joint-venture was popular for its unique designs, innovative cameras and un-conventional form factors. From the revolutionary T68, one of the first color-display phones that actually created quite a hype to the W550i Walkman phone, I could go on and on, but we’re actually here to talk about where Sony stands now and the partnership with Ericsson we were talking about sadly ended in 2011.
Fast forward to 2013, we have the Xperia series, Sony Mobile’s answer to many of the premium flagships we see today, whether the Samsung Galaxy series or even the Apple iPhone.
In February 2017, Sony Mobile launched the Xperia XZ Premium. A phone that is way ahead of its time.
- 4K HDR Display (HDR 10 Compliant)
- Motion Eye Camera with slow motion video recording up to 960 fps
- Snapdragon 835 Octa-core Processor
- 4 GB RAM and 64 GB Built in Storage (Expandable up to 256 GB)
- Playstation 4 Remote Play Compatible
- IP 68 Certified Dust/Water Proof up to 1.5m and 30 minutes
- Upgradable to Android 8.0
- Kick*ss Battery life
- Stellar performance
- Dedicated Camera Button
- Brilliant Thermal Management
- That beautiful 4K HDR Display
- Very outdated design
- Slow motion camera seems like a gimmick. Grainy and Noisy footage depending on light condition
- Occasional Connectivity issues with Wifi and Bluetooth
The phone comes with Android 7.1 out of the box though very much upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo. Though not stock android, changes to the user interface are quite minimal and isn’t as bad as Samsung’s Touchzwiz.
Sony Xperia XZ premium comes with a 5.46 inch IPS LCD display that’s capable of displaying 4K HDR content. A lot of the tech from their Bravia lineup seems to have made it through to their smartphone like the Triluminos Display and X-Reality Engine. You might think they sound like total marketing gimmicks but boy-oh-boy do the colors pop out!
Sony Mobile seems to have incorporated a lot of tech in the camera department of this phone. With a 19 MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 might not sound very impressive on books but performs fairly well regardless. Pictures are crisp and clear. The image processing is very evident in the way the colors are managed. Low light photography could have been better but it isn’t really a deal breaker as such.
One thing I wasn’t too happy about was the lack of native optical image stabilization. Instead, Sony Mobile has opted for EIS that works using the phone’s gyroscope. EIS isn’t bad. But you can tell the difference when there isn’t too much light.
Front camera is pretty dope with a 13MP sensor that shoots 1080p. Decent enough for ten million photos of your face or the regular snapchat mega bonanzas.
At the time of writing this article, The Sony Mobile XZ Premium was found to be priced at AED 2199 on the official ‘Jumbo Electronics’ website and sure you could find it cheaper on other online websites like noon.com and souq. Who doesn’t like to save a few extra bucks right?
The XZ Premium definitely shows that Sony Mobile isn’t holding back on keeping up with the latest trends and given the price point it all comes down primarily what you’re going to use your phone for. If you’re a hardcore Netflix fan, that beautiful 4K HDR display is going to wow you out of your chair. If you’re going to just do a few point and shoots, yep, this will work too. But if you’re talking about smartphone movie making, vlogging and what not, I’d suggest you check out some of the other flagships out there like the LG V30 or the Samsung Note 8. Plenty of options available in the market.
Overall, the Sony Mobile’s XZ Premium does not disappoint.
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