T3’ S EARLY VER­DICT

THE XPE­RIA XZ PRE­MIUM COULD BE SONY’S BEST YET

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We’re all over that 4K HDR screen - it re­ally is mas­sively im­pres­sive. This alone could be enough to sway those look­ing at a Galaxy S8. And with a plethora of 4K HDR con­tent piped through Ama­zon, those who do make the choice will be able to make the most of it too.

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One of Sony’s strengths lies in its au­dio, and the XZ Pre­mium of­fers the same hi-res au­dio sup­port you’d find in its ded­i­cated play­ers, en­abling own­ers to play high-qual­ity files, such as FLAC or DSD, while sup­port for LDAC means you can stream bet­ter-than-Blue­tooth sounds to a com­pat­i­ble speaker.

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With only two colours avail­able at launch, in­clud­ing Lu­mi­nous Chrome and Deepsea Black, style gu­rus could be left want­ing. Thank­fully, Sony is of­fer­ing brighter, if unimag­i­na­tive, gold and pink op­tions in its up­com­ing Xpe­ria XA1 ph­ablet, so there could be more choice at a later date.

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On pa­per, it seems that the only weak point in the XZ Pre­mium’s ar­mour is that bat­tery. Even with smart en­ergy man­age­ment, a 3230mAh bat­tery might be a lit­tle on the small side – if you’re go­ing to be watch­ing full-fat 4K HDR con­tent, we’re wor­ried mak­ing it through the day will be tough.

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