Sony’s never-ending flagship unveiling has introduced us new smartphones – Xperia XZ Premium and XZs. The Xperia XZ Premium is a spiritual successor to a couple of years old Xperia X Premium (remember Sony’s smartphone with the 4K display?). Meanwhile, the Xperia XZs is a direct successor to not fairly newer Xperia XZ. Both have got significant improvements, but you may feel excited to learn more about Xperia XZ Premium.
Xperia XZ Premium:
Firstly, you will see Sony’s familiar design DNA for XZ Premium, which has been polished further by Sony’s design team but not a radical improvement over its predecessors. The side bezels are narrower, but the top and bottom bezels are still big at its best. Fortunately, Sony put those bezels to good use as they are accommodating front firing speakers, we should thank Sony for that. Coming on to the rear side, Sony might have decided to install a mirror on the back of the phone as the rear part is extremely reflective, which Sony calls “Glass Loop Surface.” If you are interested, it’s Corning Gorilla Glass 5. At 6.14 x 3.03 x 0.31 inches (156 x 77 x 7.9 mm) size and 6.88 oz (195 g) weight, XZ Premium is one of the heaviest 5.5-inch devices on the market.
Coming to the raw specs, the XZ Premium has brought back the 4K display resolution to smartphones as it packs significantly improved 5.5-inch Triluminos IPS display with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 pixels) resolution, which makes ultra crispier 801 PPI and it’s 40% brighter than Z5 Premium’s 4K panel. Furthermore, the display supports HDR out of the box for rich colors, just like discontinued Galaxy Note7 so that you can enjoy HDR movies. At 5.5-inches, offering 4K resolution may seem overkill, but Sony has decided to push the boundaries of this segment, which we always appreciate.
Under the hood, XZ Premium had got Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core SoC to power up the handset, which is a brave move when you compared to LG’s decision to opt for last year’s Snapdragon 821. You can learn full details about Snapdragon 835 here. The beast SoC has joined its hands with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Interestingly, there is a microSD slot for storage expansion at a cheaper price. The device runs Android 7.1 Nougat with Sony’s custom UI on top. We should wait and see whether or not Sony has improved its Android skin. It’s been a couple of years, but we haven’t seen any major redesign for Sony’s custom interface.
Sony has put a lot of attention in redesigning the camera module for better photography. This time around, it comes with a 19MP resolution, 1/2.3” sensor size. The f/2.0 aperture should produce good looking pictures even under darkest situations. Additionally, Sony said they had made many improvements for better low-light photography. The sensor can record 720p slow motion video at industry best 960 fps. The camera has also been complimented by Predictive and Laser Auto Focus systems as well as an RGBC-IR sensor for true to the life color rendering. In addition, the new SteadyShot feature triggers 5-axis digital stabilization to reduce the shake in videos and photos. There are other camera features such as Panorama mode, HDR, Live effects, etc. The Selfie camera comes with a 13MP sensor with 22mm wide-angle lens. The device packs 3230mAh battery with Sony’s STAMINA mode optimizations onboard to yield more battery when needed. There is fingerprint sensor integrated into the side-mounted home button, but it will be disabled out of the box for the units sold in the US market.
The pricing of the device is unknown at this moment, but Sony said they would be shipping the device in “late Spring.” If we are not wrong, lack of Snapdragon 835 availability could be the reason for delayed shipping.
Xperia XZs is more or less an incremental update for Xperia XZ. However, Sony has revised the specs with better hardware to catch our attention. Firstly, it has got updated design with narrower side bezels. Under the hood, Sony has employed Snapdragon 820 SoC and 4GB RAM. Thanks for giving up on “not-so-powerful” Snapdragon 625 of Xperia XZ. The amazing camera goodies are here as well, but we don’t think, XZs supports 960 fps slow motion recording. Sony has described the 19MP sensor as Motion Eye camera. There is 13MP Selfie shooter with 22mm wide-angle lens. Other specs are pretty standard.
Since it’s going to be powered by Snapdragon 820, Sony will be able to ship the device in April. It will be available in Warm Silver, Ice Blue, and Black.