MWC 2017: Sony Xperia XZ Premium brings 4k to small screen

Sony’s first flagship for the year Xperia XZ premium’s specifications include a 19-MP camera, the latest Snapdragon chip, 4 GB RAM and 3,230 mAh battery


Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Barcelona, is expected to be priced at Rs60,000 and thus will compete with the Google Pixel XL and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Photo: Bloomberg
Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) in Barcelona, is expected to be priced at Rs60,000 and thus will compete with the Google Pixel XL and Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Photo: Bloomberg

Mumbai: Sony Corp. has announced its first flagship smartphone of the year, called the Xperia XZ Premium at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2017. The new smartphone is a bigger and more premium variant of the Xperia XZ, which was released in September 2016 and is currently selling at Rs47,499.

The Xperia XZ Premium runs Android Nougat out-of-the-box, and is powered by Qualcomm Inc.’s latest Snapdragon 835 chip with 4 GB RAM and 3,230 mAh battery.

The smartphone’s price hasn’t been announced yet, but given the high-end features packed into its 5.5-inch frame, it is likely to show up with a price tag of over Rs60,000. At that price, it will compete with the Google Pixel XL and Apple iPhone 7 Plus.

The Xperia XZ Premium will be available worldwide in May 2017.

Typical Sony design

The smartphone retains the Sony Xperia design elements and has a very similar flat glass back, rounded edges and splash-resistant coating. Sony has used Gorilla Glass 5 panel on the both front and back panel.

Xperia XZ will be available in two unique deep sea blue and chromium black colour options. The metallic antennas are placed along the top and lower side panel of the phone. Though the phone measure just 7.9mm in thickness, it tips the scales at 195 gm.

4k display

The smartphone’s main talking point will be the 4k display. This is the second instance when Sony has packed in 4K (3,840x2,160p) resolution on a small screen. The first phone was the Xperia Z5 Premium which was released in 2015.

With the Xperia XZ, Sony has used the 4k HDR technology in a phone’s display. Widely used on Sony’s high-end TVs, 4K HDR ready screens offer wider gamut of colours to give out better colour contrast, deeper black levels, and more detail.

What we don’t know yet is whether the 4K resolution in the Xperia XZ Premium will be available to users all the time. In the Xperia Z5 Premium, the phone downscaled the screen resolution to 1,920x1,080p when the user wasn’t running a 4K content to minimise battery drain. Though with Netflix, users have access to more 4K content than they had in 2015, Sony offers 4K content from Amazon Prime on the go.

Advanced camera features

The other highlight of the phone is the 19-megapixel camera and some interesting camera features such as the superslow motion capture at 960fps and perceptive image capturing which starts buffering the image when it detects motion to get a still shot.

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