The 4K Monster
Price: Rs. 61,990/-
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
- 5.5 inch 4K IPS LCD display (3840 x 2160 pixels)
- 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage
- IP68 certified
- 3230 mAh battery supporting Quick charge 3.0
- 19MP rear camera
- 13MP front camera
- Android OS v7.1 Nougat
How does it feel out of the box?
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s design looks similar to its predecessor with the same rounded edges and design. Sony offers the Xperia XZ Premium in Ice Blue, Black and Warm Silver finishes. I tested with the Warm Silver model that attracts fingerprint and any minor scratch will be visible. The device has a large top and bottom bezels around the 5.5-inch display, that makes the device quite larger than a 5.5-inch device. It measures in at 156x77x7.9 mm, which is chunky for a modern premium smartphone. Sony places the volume, fingerprint sensor and a dedicated camera shutter button on the right-hand side. There are only few models that offer dedicated shutter button these days, and while you can get many of the same effects with a volume button, I find it more convenient. SIM card and microSD card slots on the left-hand side under a small plastic flap in separate plastic enclosures. The plastic microSD card slot is very light and fragile. The device is named premium with the inclusion of 4K-capable display that can run 4K content on it.
How is the Performance of the Device?
Talking about the performance, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium packs a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC to provide incredible performance. With a week of use, there wasn’t a day where an app froze and was forced to shut down. It runs really well on a 4GB RAM. Storage-wise, the device comes with a 64GB storage that is enough for users like me, in case you need additional storage, there is an option to insert microSD card. The call quality was superb and output volume of the music, too. The top-end processor makes it a fast phone, even with Sony’s own UI optimizations on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat Operating System. While many other Android makers move towards very light launcher to improve the UI performance, Sony still insists on loading up its phones with its own default apps for photos, music and even a distinct separate app discovery service. That being said, it does support fast charging giving you a complete charge within an hour. The 3230mAh does give us one full day of battery life with heavy usage.
How is the CAMERA?
Sony is one of the biggest players in mobile camera industries. Most of the major brands include Sony sensor of their products. The Xperia XZ Premium features a rear 19-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and a front facing 13-megapixel f/2.0 sensor. Where Sony makes it interesting for the rear camera is the new “Motion Eye” camera, which enables the Xperia XZ Premium to shoot 960fps slow motion video. It does this by binding in a substantial quantity of RAM into the sensor array of the camera, in effect creating a buffer space for it to capture images at a rapid enough rate to manage that 960fps.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a flagship smartphone that can give other flagships runs for its money when it comes to features. It is not one of the fancy looking smartphone due to its huge bezel, but the mirror finish and robust construction surely make it one of the premium smartphone you can get in today’s time. Impressive features like 4K HDR screen, super slow motion video support are exclusively available in Sony Xperia XZ Premium.