Sony Announces The Xperia XZ Premium: Snapdragon 835, 960fps Slo Mo Shooting, 4K HDR Screen


Sony wowed the world in 2015 with the introduction of the Xperia Z5 Premium which turned heads at the time with a 4K screen. That was one and a half years ago and we’ve been wondering when the true successor of that phone would be announced.

Well it has and today Sony has announced the Xperia XZ Premium which can regard as the true successor of the Z5 Premium. The key features include a 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) screen, Snapdragon 835 chip (which reports claimed that Samsung took the majority of the chips) and a new camera with a memory stacked sensor that lets you shoot 960fps in 720p (a first in a smartphone).

Here is the rest of the specs:

Display4K IPS HDR screen
SoCSnapdragon 835 (Octa-core Kyro chips paired with the Adreno 540 GPU)
MemoryInternal: 64GB eMMC plus MicroSD slot
Primary Camera19MP f 2.0 Motion Eye Camera, 960fps @ 720p slo mo video, 4K video recording, Predictive capture, Anti distortion shuttter, Triple image sensing technology
Secondary Camera13MP f2.0
Android VersionAndroid 7.1 Nougat
Battery3230 mAH
Connectivity1 Gbps LTE thanks to the Snapdragon 835 SoC, USB Type C, Single SIM/Dual SIM, Nano SIM
MiscFingerprint reader, IP68 dust and water resistant, 195 g, Intelligence, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (both front and back), DSEE HX support, Stereo speakers, Colours (Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black)

According to Sony, the new primary camera (Motion Eye camera) will apparently provide 5 times faster image scanning and data transfer compared to others. Sony shrunk the megapixels count this time round to 19MP which now means that the pixels are now 19% larger to capture more light.

Sony also has a partnership with Amazon where you will be able to enjoy 4K HDR content from Amazon Prime Video, which is kinda awesome. The XZ Premium also features what Sony calls “Intelligence” that will learn how you use your phone and will make recommendations from how you use it. This will also extend to your battery with Smart Stamina where it will use the Xperia learning engine to estimate how long your current battery will last from your usage.

The Premium Xperia line that Sony started with the Z5 Premium has always been about the display and build quality and this means that this lineup is here to stay. Since the Snapdragon 835 is to be released later on the year, we won’t see the XZ soon.

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  1. The thing i love about the Sony devices is the side mounted fingerprint reader(on the power button. I think that’s the best position for a fingerprint reader). For the camera, i’m not so sure. Great paper specs don’t necessarily translate to great photos/videos especially for Sony phones. Let’s wait for the reviews.

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