Sony Xperia XZ Premium Launched with a String of ‘World’s Firsts’

March 6, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It needed much more than a premium flagship for Sony to grab the eyeballs in the world’s biggest annual mobile gala, and that’s exactly what they have come up with: the new Sony Xperia XZ Premium that bears the tag of ‘first-of-its-kind’ for more than one facet.

For a company that was reportedly said to be having plans of shutting down its mobile arm, the Xperia XZ Premium appears to be a revival packed with all the much-needed charm, at least on paper. The flagship device bears a 5.5-inch screen which for the first ever time brings 4K resolution to a screen of that size.

Unlike the Sony’s Z5 Premium that boasted ‘partial 4K’, the XZ Premium loads the full 2,160 x 3,840 pixels along with HDR prowess onto its display. No matter what content you watch, the entire band of pixels would be turned on in the smartphone. Along with that comes the HDR that could boost the color tone of the device.

Another first being introduced with the XZ Premium is super-slow motion. The 19 MP rear-cam of the device will be able to capture frames at 960 fps, taking smartphone slow-mo capturing to an entirely new level. Besides, the Xperia XZ Premium is also the first device that has been officially revealed packing the Snapdragon 835 SoC. It will come paired with a decent RAM of 4 GB.

Still, there are some caveats with the announcement. Sony’s flagship won’t be the first device to come out with the SD 835 processor as it’s market entry is scheduled for only summer, which means that we could witness the entry of more than a couple of smartphones in the market that are powered by the latest flagship SoC from Qualcomm.

Turning on to the display, the number do counts theoretically. However, it should be barely discernible for normal eyes despite having double the pixels used in an iPhone 7 Plus. Besides, the flagship also doesn’t boast an OLED display, and instead retains the LCD panels that should hamper the experience of 4K HDR. On the other side, the super slow-mo camera setup from the device will only be opening up the rapid burst shots for 0.18 seconds, which technically takes the frame rate close to only 180 fps.

But forget those, Sony still have managed to do something more than what they have been doing for the past years. And it’s a welcome move that the firm hasn’t yet given up on its smartphone foray. As with other specs, Sony Xperia XZ Premium will also feature IP65/IP68 water resistance, MicroSD storage expandability, battery capacity of 3230 mAh, and a finger print sensor on the side power button.

Pricing of the device and other details are yet to be revealed, and we can expect that ahead of summer this year, the point at which the 4K HDR powered smartphone will make its debut in the market.

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