The world’s first and only smartphone with a 4K display, Sony’s now one-upped itself with the Xperia XZ Premium, the world’s first phone with a 4K HDR screen.
The phone’s camera is also the world’s first to be capable of recording slow motion video at a ridiculous 960 frames per second.
A 4K screen on a phone would make sense for VR, but Sony does not even have a mobile VR headset so it’s kind of a moot point.
Still, the screen looks great. Most people won’t be able to see the difference between a 4K screen and a Quad HD screen (2,560 x 1,440) unless they squint really hard and press their face up against the XZ Premium, though. And even then, it might be impossible to appreciate the extra resolution.
With HDR content, however, you should be able to see some immediate differences, namely higher contrast and a wider range of colors. Of course, you will still need to have HDR content to watch on it in the first place — something that’s still not common these days.
That said, the Xperia XZ Premium is still a worthy contender in the premium phone space. Besides the tack sharp screen, the phone’s got the latest and greatest specs, including Android 7.1 Nougat, Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card up to 256GB), and a 3,230 mAh battery.
The water and dust-proof IP68-rated metal body’s as sleek as Sony’s previous phones, but it is also as prone to greasy fingerprints as well.
Sony’s also given the camera its biggest upgrade in ages. The 19-megapixel “Motion Eye” camera on the back has a “Predictive Capture” mode that starts snapping pictures before you’ve even hit the shutter, improvements to its “Predictive Autofocus” which anticipates where to focus on next, lens distortion corrections, and the aforementioned 960 fps super slow motion video capture (below). The front camera remains at 13 megapixels — same as on the Xperia XZ.
The Xperia XZ Premium has a fingerprint sensor embedded in its power button on the side, but it’s only activated on the international version. For reasons Sony didn’t want to elaborate on, the U.S. version’s fingerprint sensor is disabled once again. It’s really unbelievable.
Sony is yet to announce pricing for the XZ Premium, but since it’s a premium phone, you can probably expect it to cost a pretty penny.
Notable specs for the XZs include a 5.2-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage (expandable via microSD card up to 256GB), 2900 mAh battery and the the XZ Premium’s 19-megapixel camera with 960 fps slow motion capture.