Sony Unveils Xperia XZ Premium Flagship Smartphone w/ 4K HDR Display, Snapdragon 835


Today during MWC 2017, Sony unveiled the new Xperia XZ Premium smartphone, the company’s new Android-powered smartphone with some serious high-end specs. Sony says they’re trying to get back to innovating as the company admits last year’s wasn’t so great. For 2017, they hope to make advantages in their smartphone division by offering something absolutely insane enough to hopefully steal customer’s hearts.

While yes, the design of the XZ Premium is way too shiny for any normal person, what Sony wants you to focus on (pun intended) is the camera. The company touts a new 19MP Motion Eye rear sensor with a bunch of goodies piled underneath.


For instace, a new flash memory stick is present which will allow the camera to begin storing information at a lightning rate and be able to take a photo of whatever point during that time you choose. Think of it as taking a card from a magician’s hand: if that’s the card you want out of all of those cards, that’s the card you’ll get. This new technology also lets you shoot in super slow-mo at 720p resolution and (get this) at 960 frames per second. Sure, this only lets you get a 0.18 second clip so everything lines more up to roughly 180 frames per second when it’s all said and done, but that’s still a lot of frames nevertheless for a simple smartphone camera.

In addition, laser autofocus, an RGBC infrared sensor for white balance adjustments, 19% larger pixels, an updated Sony Bionz image processing engine for better correction of noise and motion blur, and a refreshed ExmorRS image sensor are all also present in the XZ Premium. All in all, this should be a pretty interesting camera to test out in the real world, especially since it comes on a smartphone and not a dedicated camera body.


Of course, another headlining feature of the XZ Premium is the display. For this handset, Sony built a 4K (3840×2160) HDR-enabled panel which aims to offer near-to-true color reproduction for images. If you recall, the company did something similar minus the HDR factor in 2015 with the Z5 Premium. However, this display is apparently a lot better than before and can support displaying content such as Amazon’s variety of HDR videos. Obviously, a 4K display isn’t necessary on a phone, but it may be pretty to look at nonetheless.

Other specs of the XZ Premium include a Snapdragon 835 processor (one of the first smartphones in the world to offer the chipset), 4GB of RAM, an IP68 certified 7.9mm body which houses a fingerprint sensor, headphone jack, USB-C port, and dedicated camera button, 64GB of expandable storage, Android 7.1 Nougat, a 13MP f/2.0 front camera, and a 3230mAh battery that may or may not be too little to power a 4K display and Snapdragon 835 processor, one of the most powerful on the planet. Pricing and availability isn’t known at this time, but let’s hope it’s soon so we can get our hands on it.

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