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
$TBA, sonymobile.com, available autumn 2017
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.