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Sony has pulled an ace from its sleeve with its lat­est smart­phone, pack­ing the most ad­vanced tech on the mar­ket, in­clud­ing a 4K HDR screen.

We’ll cut to the chase right away: the Sony Xpe­ria XZ Pre­mium is an ex­cel­lent flag­ship smart­phone. It gets the core com­po­nents of a top-end hand­set right, from its stun­ning dis­play and pre­mium per­for­mance, to the fan­tas­tic cam­era and ro­bust bat­tery life.

This is the best phone Sony has made in a long time, and one which will please loyal fans of the brand.

It’s packed full of fea­tures, in­clud­ing the world’s only 4K HDR smart­phone screen, as well as a 960fps slow-mo­tion cam­era, high-res au­dio and a heap of power. YOU’VE GOT TO SEE THIS Let’s kick off with the phone’s main at­trac­tion – the 5.46-inch 4K, HDR dis­play. You won’t find this screen on any other smart­phone – it has a higher res­o­lu­tion than the iPhone, Gal­axy S8, LG G6 and… well, every other phone on the mar­ket.

What that means is you can en­joy 4K movies, TV shows and video at their na­tive res­o­lu­tion for a fully im­mer­sive vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ence. And trust us when we say the re­sults are in­cred­i­ble. It needs to be seen to be truly be­lieved.

Peo­ple look life­like – as it they were lit­er­ally sit­ting be­hind the layer of tough­ened Go­rilla Glass 4 that pro­tects the stun­ning screen – and the gen­eral im­agery has fan­tas­tic de­tail and clar­ity.

The only frus­tra­tion with the 4K HDR screen is find­ing con­tent that takes full ad­van­tage of it. Both Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Video of­fer 4K HDR con­tent – but the selec­tion is lim­ited for now.

There’s a wealth of free 4K and 4K HDR footage on YouTube if you want to show off the dis­play’s clar­ity to friends – but if you want to set­tle down for a movie or TV binge at the max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion, you’ll have to head to the stream­ing ser­vices.

The li­braries will only in­crease with time though, which means the XZ Pre­mium is some­what fu­ture­proofed as 4K con­tent be­comes more read­ily avail­able over the next few years.

While the screen is rather spe­cial, it’s housed in a body that doesn’t quite match up to the dis­play’s high stan­dards. It’s by no means ugly, but when you com­pare it to the min­i­mal bezels and full metal/glass de­signs of the new Gal­axy S8 and LG G6, the XZ Pre­mium looks bulky and hon­estly a lit­tle out­dated.

The sides of the phone are also plastic – rather than metal – which slightly cheap­ens the feel of the phone in the hand. It’s by no means a deal breaker, but we’d have liked to have seen a lit­tle more pre­mium fi­nesse to the over­all look and feel.

It’s also a lit­tle fid­dly to ac­cess the SIM-tray, hid­den be­hind a flap on the left side of the phone, which pro­tects a mi­croSD card slot. You need to use your nail to hook the SIM tray and draw it out.

The in­clu­sion of a mi­croSD port en­ables you to build on the 64GB of in­ter­nal stor­age if you need ex­tra space for your 4K movies and TV shows – an op­tion you don’t get on Ap­ple’s iPhone hand­sets. You may find the ex­pand­able stor­age es­sen­tial if you stock up on 4K con­tent too, with a one-hour show tak­ing up be­tween 6GB and 7GB.

There are some de­sign high­lights, though, in­clud­ing the side mounted power/lock key, which also houses

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