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By now, the cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion Xpe­ria de­vices hold no sur­prises for sea­soned An­droid users who have fol­lowed since the Xpe­ria Z days. The ag­ship Sony Xpe­ria XZ 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 nger­print-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 ag­ship 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 eBect.

Pre­dic­tive Cap­ture is a use­ful fea­ture that will en­sure you never miss a mo­ment. It does this by buBer­ing up to three full-res­o­lu­tion 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 reexes.

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.

The 19-megapixel rear cam­era is sup­ported by a new mem­o­rys­tacked sen­sor that makes Mo­tion Eye and Pre­dic­tive Cap­ture pos­si­ble.

Unique to Sony, the nger­print scan­ner is lo­cated on the side power but­ton.

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