The Joyful Overkill of Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium Smartphone

Sony has been quite busy at MWC 2017, announcing no less than four new Android smartphones: Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra. The Xperia XZs is priced at $699 while the Xperia XA1 at $299.

Sony‘s latest smartphone, the XPERIA XZ Premium, is not only the first smartphone with a 4K HDR display, but it also packs the one chip that we’re yet to see out in the wild, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It is capable of filming smooth slow-motion footage at four times the rate possible on Apple and Samsung’s top-end models.


Sony said that the phone will be coming out in late spring.

The phone has a 5.5-inch Triluminos display with 3840 x 2160 display, Snapdragon 835 processor, Snapdragon X16 LTE modem that delivers up to ginormous 1Gbps speeds, 19-megapixel rear camera with a memory stacked Exmor RS sensor and super-slow motion mode, USB-C support, and a fingerprint sensor.

The handset is water and dust-resistant and reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and rear. The battery capacity isn’t specified yet, but the phone comes with Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Smart Stamina, and Battery Care.

In addition to Qualcomm’s latest chip, and a 4K HDR display, the phone also packs what Sony calls a “ground-breaking” Motion Eye camera technology, which marks the world’s first Super slow motion video in a smartphone. It can shoot at 960 frames per second.


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