Despite having been introduced at MWC earlier this year, until June 12th, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium goes on sale in US market. However, at the Computex event that is taking place in Taiwan, we had a chance to get the hand on the Xperia XZ Premium once again. Here is our first impression about this smartphone from the Japanese manufacture.
Getting started with the design, the Xperia XZ Premium is not too bid, though it featuré a 5.5-inch display. However, we feel the display is not as large as flagships of other OEMs such as LG G6, or the newest HTC 11, though the side bezels around the display make the phone chunkier over the Z5 Premium.
The impressive thing of XZ Premium is the 5-5 inch display with the incredible 4K resolution and HDR capabilities. We’ll give you a full review about the display capabilities in the future. However, one thing we have to recognize that the resolution the screen incredibly sharp. The settings of the display also allows a few options to change the coloration of the screen, including a Super Vivid mode and sRGB mode.
In terms of camera, there is 19 MP rear snapper, which is one the highlight features of this phone. This camera has the ability to record slow motion videos at 960 fps, and the quality of the pictures and videos is incredible as well.
Recording video is also impressive as the color reproduction looks great and the detail on each video is high enough. Furthermore, with the help of Steady Shot set to Intelligent Active mode, it helps the jitters not show up on the screen. One more thing makes us impressed about Sony Xperia smartphones is its physical camera shutter button on the right side.
However, there is a small minus with the camera interface when the navigating around the camera app looks in a muddle, possibly because the features are hidden in different mode selection menus.
The rest of the specs of the XZ Premium include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, paired with 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage, and Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. The phone is powered by a 3,230 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and an adaptive charger to get back to a full charge in a short time. Finally, similarly the previous Sony’s flagships, the device also comes with an IP68 standard for dust and water resistance.
The experience on the software is extremely smooth and there is no lag or stutter while running various apps, or using the camera.
In conclusion, Xperia XZ Premium still keeps the traditional design on its flagships, but the impressive specs will help the phone become a solid competitor with others current flagship. A 4K screen could help users get the best display experiences, especially with the help of the Triluminos display integration. Camera is also a strong point with the ability of the 960 fps slow motion recording, various Intelligent modes, and a physical camera button.