Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Hello, Guys! Welcome back another discussion, today, I’m going to take a look at Sony Xperia XZ Premium review. This time, last year it felt like Sony mobile was getting a little stale a lot of their products felt like rehashes of ones. They’ve done and over and over again but when I got a chance to experience the Xperia XZ Premium earlier this year, it felt like something had changed. Sony was excited about their products again and it felts like it truly had something unique to offer once again.
It’s this feeling that gives Sony Mobile a new lease on life in a sense and the Xperia XZ Premium is the best flagship product from the company in years. So, what makes the Xperia XZ Premium stand out from the crowd, The 4K HDR display, Super Slow Motion and predictive camera software and Sony Audio prowess. Let’s get started-
When it comes to the Design, With “Premium” being part of the name, it’s no surprise that the phone looks and feels premium. Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back with a very eye-catching metallic sheet. The two pieces of glass are joined by plastic sides, flowing seamlessly into one another, looping around the phone.
The top and the bottom portion of the phone is metal. I would have preferred metal sides too, but it doesn’t really detract much from the very solid feel of the phone. And I really do mean solid. It weighs 195g, so it can be a bit challenging to use the phone one-handed especially with the slippery body.
The XZ Premium is water and dust resistant as well, but that’s not really a huge surprise since Sony has been doing it for ages.
With multiple manufacturers moving towards phones with thinner bezels, the XZ Premium looks a little bit last generation. But don’t write it off just yet because of this.
The 5.46-inch IPS LCD display looks really good and is accompanied by a pair of really great sounding front firing stereo speakers. It has a 4K resolution. That’s pretty much the densest display on any smartphone today. It even supports HDR playback like its competitors, even though the HDR content is still quite limited. I do think that 4K is an overkill for a smartphone at this point in time, and most people probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. But it is still amazing that I can watch 4K videos on a device that I keep in my pocket.
Sony continues the tradition of putting the fingerprint sensor on the side, and I think it’s a great position. It’s fast to unlock and works great even when the phone is on my desk.
There is a 2-stage camera shutter button too. That is able to launch the camera as well. Which brings me to one of the highlights of the Xperia XZ Premium, the Motion-Eye camera. Most phones can only capture slow motion footage up to 240fps. The XZ Premium can do 960fps. The results are nothing short of amazing. It may not look that great indoors or in Dim lighting, and I have to trigger the mode manually. But it’s still incredible that Sony was able to pack in this feature into a smartphone.
There is a predictive capture feature as well which starts capturing images one second before I press the shutter button, which comes in handy for capturing moving subjects. The regular video mode is pretty darn impressive too. Even though the rear camera lacks optical image stabilization. Sony’s steady shot technology works great, and one of the best stabilization I’ve seen on a smartphone.
Compared to previous Sony devices, Sony went with a slightly lower 19-MP camera sensor to increase the pixel size a little. It captures really good looking still images, with nice details, colors, and contrast. The 25mm wide-angle lens is just a little bit wider than most phones, so I can get a little bit more content in the shot. Low-light performance is really good too with the increase pixel size. It might be a bit oversaturated for some folks, but I think it’s still really good looking.
The same goes for the 13-megapixel front-facing camera which produces some really impressive shots both indoors and outdoors. Sony’s Superior Auto Mode works a lot better than it used to be too, and while I’m still not a fan of how 4K is a separate mode, the whole camera experience is a very enjoyable one.
Over the years it’s been getting closer and closer to stock Android. If you’re a fan of stock Android like me, you’ll probably like the experience here. Basically, there are a bit of additional apps which I can remove if I want to, a few minor visual tweaks, and a few extra settings here and there. It comes with the standard suite of audio enhancement features that we’ve come to expect from Sony. For some reason, they removed the double tap to wake and sleep feature, something that I found really useful. Instead, they added something called Xperia Actions. Which basically helps to automate some basic tasks based on the day, time, and location.
For now, there are only 3 options, each with its own set of parameters that I can change. There is also a smart cleaner feature that will help optimize storage and memory use based on my usage and can help to clean up the cache too from time to time. Which will hopefully keep the phone running fast for a long time, The speed and responsiveness are really impressive.
Processor & Performance: –
Sony has been getting really good at optimizing their phone. Combine that with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB RAM, the phone really flies. This is my first experience with the Snapdragon 835 Chipset, and it’s great. Gaming at the highest graphics setting, it’s still smooth with consistent frame rates. The thermal performance is really good too, and even with extended gaming sessions, it’s only got a little bit warmer. Part of that speed might be due to Sony using the faster UFS storage as well. It comes with 64GB and supports microSD card expansion. Or if I don’t need that extra storage, I can put in a second SIM card. It’s just a little annoying that the phone still reboots every time I pull the tray out.
The phone is powered by a 3230 mAh battery, which may sound a bit small for a phone with a 4K screen. But it’s actually really good too. It lasts me a day of use really easily and supports fast charging too. If I needed it to a bit longer, I can just turn on Sony’s stamina modes. Sony also included battery care technology to help improve the lifespan of the battery. So for heavier users, there is less need to worry about the wear and tear of the non-removable battery.
The Xperia XZ Premium basically packs in all the latest hardware that one would expect from a flagship phone in 2017. It may not have a tall display, slim bezels or a dual camera setup. But it has other things going for it. Like stereo speakers, 4K display, and the 960fps slow motion camera. It does all the basics right too, and even the software experience is really good. So, if you’re looking for a big screen flagship Android phone now, the Xperia XZ Premium is still a pretty great option. Well, except if you’re in the US. because the fingerprint sensor has been disabled for some reason.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Sony Xperia XZ Premium||Rs. 59,990|
|Sony Xperia XZ Premium||$ 799.95|