After unveiling the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018, Sony today unveiled the Xperia XZ2 Premium that further upgrades what you get from the company’s flagship lineup of devices. Specifically, where you’ll see the most improvement is in the display and camera setup which have both been taken to new heights with this device.

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Similar to last year’s XZ Premium, this year’s XZ2 Premium features a 4K HDR 5.8-inch display for viewing content. It’s slightly larger than the XZ2’s 5.7-inch panel and offers a lot more pixels over the standard device’s Full HD+ (2160×1080) resolution.

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The other major difference can be found around back where Sony has implemented its first pair of dual cameras on a smartphone. For the XZ2 Premium, the company apparently went all out with its 19MP main shooter and secondary 12MP monochrome lens that, notably, work in conjunction to produce a better overall image. According to Sony, you can take photos with the XZ2 Premium at an ISO as high as 51,200, the highest ever put on a smartphone. You can also take videos at 12,800. This means the shooters should perform really well at night and in darker environments.

Of course, just because you increase the ISO doesn’t mean you’ll get a crisp shot. Apparently, this isn’t a problem for Sony as they’ve implemented their AUBE fusion image signal processor that can capture detail and reproduce it for an end photograph or video clip. All in all, the cameras should be pretty interesting to test out and see what they’re really capable of.

Additionally, you can take both portrait mode photos and 960fps 1080p slow-motion videos with the cameras as well.

As for the rest of the device, the XZ2 Premium shares a similar design with the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and includes a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. It packs a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP front-facing camera, a 3,540mAh battery, Android 8.0 Oreo, IP65/IP68 water resistance, a Dynamic Vibration System, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, no headphone jack, and stereo speakers.

Sony hasn’t stated when the XZ2 Premium will land or how much it’ll cost, but we do know it’ll start shipping at some point this summer. And considering the XZ2 is an $800 phone, we can only assume the XZ2 Premium will no doubt be close to $1,000 or so.

We’ll let you know when we have more information to share.

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Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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