Sony has announced the XZ Premium – a new flagship smartphone with a number of world firsts, such as its use of a 4K HDR display.
If you felt Sony’s 2016 was a mish-mash of some decent ideas wrapped in a layer of boring, you’re not alone. While the Bandwidth Blog team loved some of Sony’s early efforts in mobile, we felt that the introduction of the XA and XZ missed the mark. Now, Sony has introduced the XZ Premium; a new flagship smartphone with a number of world firsts.
Let’s dive right in – what makes the XZ Premium special? Firstly, there’s the fact that the device includes a 4K HDR display, and is the very first smartphone to do so. You might remember the Sony Z5 Premium from last year, which also included an (HDR-less) 4K display.
The next world first comes in the form of the device’s camera; using a system dubbed Motion Eye, the Xperia XZ Premium can record slow-motion footage at 960fps at 720p resolution through the benefit of having fast memory embedded into its camera stack.
In other good news, the XZ Premium returns with the triple-sensor system that the Xperia XZ used, which includes laser autofocus, an RGBC infrared sensor, and an ExmorRS image sensor.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s a sexy Luminous Chrome finish which doubles as a mirror if you need to indulge your vanity on-the-go.
Spec-wise, the XZ Premium will use Qualcomm’s forthcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset (meaning we’ll likely see this after the introduction of the Galaxy S8, which is rumoured to have the monopoly on the silicon) and will further bring a 3,230mAh battery, alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Lastly, the handset will offer up a 19-megapixel primary camera and a 13-megapixel secondary unit.
What are your thoughts? Could the XZ Premium be the Sony device to shake off a turbulent 2016? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!