SONY XPERIA XZ PREMIUM
By now, the current-generation Xperia devices hold no surprises for seasoned Android users who have followed since the peria Z days. The flagship peria Z Premium uses a slate-like form factor called Loop Design, with angular corners and a monolithic appearance. At nearly 8mm and 195g, it’s quite a bit thicker and heavier than our other phones. The front panel is a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display, paired with a metallic rear beneath the 2.5D curved glass. Other familiar button placements are its fingerprint-detecting power button, volume, and physical camera shutter, laid out in a neat row on its right side.
While sticking to a tried-and-tested look is a safe choice, there’s hardly any physical innovation like the LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8.
The Sony flagship uses a 5.46-inch, 4K 3,840 x 2,160 pixels resolution (~807ppi) HDR IPS display. According to Sony, Amazon Prime‘s HDR videos are compatible with the device. It is also compatible with some 2160p YouTube videos.
The phone’s headlining features are camera-centric. Motion Eye is a slowmotion segment inside your regular 720p video footage. Every time you tap its tiny little icon during video-recording, the next 0.182 seconds of your footage will be recorded at 960 fps. During playback, those segments are stretched across six seconds at 30 fps. Motion Eye requires a good sense of timing to maximize its effect.
Predictive Capture is a useful feature that will ensure you never miss a moment. It does this by buffering up to three fullresolution images at all times, and only capturing them, as well as a fourth shot, when you actually press the shutter button. Think of it like a fail-safe for folks with slower reflexes.
Like the U11, the XZ Premium runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. However, the XZ Premium has 4GB RAM, compared to the U11’s 6GB. The XZ Premium is powered by a 3,230mAh battery that is compatible with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0. While this is slightly larger than many other similar size smartphones, the XZ Premium’s 4K display is a big drain on battery life.
Capture camera. Features 4K display. Quite chunky and heavy. Design lacks punch.
The 19MPrear camera is supported by a new memory-stacked sensor that makes Motion Eye and Predictive Capture possible.
niTue to Sony the fingerprint scanner is located on the side power button.