SONY XPE­RIA XZ PRE­MIUM

JA­PAN IS BACK WITH A BANG: A SMART­PHONE WITH A BIG HEART AND AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD AMOUNT OF SCREEN TECH STUFFED IN­SIDE

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Sony’s lat­est smart­phone is a bit of a shock. Many thought that 4K screens on phones were dead, such was the lack of pur­pose of this tech on the Xpe­ria Z5 Pre­mium, but it’s back – and it’s rather im­pres­sive.

The Xpe­ria XZ Pre­mium has all the parts needed to cre­ate a world-beat­ing phone: the lat­est Snap­dragon 835 chipset, a big 5.5-inch 4K dis­play with HDR, An­droid 7.1.1 and em­i­nently prac­ti­cal water re­sis­tance.

Com­bine th­ese with the best tech from Sony’s cam­era, TV and au­dio de­part­ments and you can re­ally make the most of that po­tent screen.

The XZ Pre­mium tip­toes into ph­ablet ter­ri­tory, but by mod­ern smart­phone stan­dards it’s rel­a­tively com­pact, and easy to hold in one hand. De­sign-wise the XZ Pre­mium’s mir­rored fin­ish is a shine-fest, es­pe­cially in the chrome colour, as we’d ex­pect.

As is the way of phones in 2017, the con­nec­tor on the bot­tom of the phone is USB Type-C, and com­mon sense de­sign means there’s an au­dio jack on the top, per­fect for wired Hi-Res au­dio com­pat­i­ble head­phones.

The stand­out fea­ture in the XZ Pre­mium is the 4K screen, com­plete with HDR, mak­ing it one of the most ad­vanced on any phone. The sharp­ness, colour and clar­ity of the screen is eye-pop­ping, and thanks to an Ama­zon part­ner­ship you can stream 4K HDR con­tent right from Prime Video.

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