The Sony XZ Premium is probably our favourite phone released this year so far. It is, as the name suggests, a premium smartphone but the big headline features here are the big 5.5” 4k HDR screen, the first time that’s ever been seen on a mobile!
There’s a 19mp camera on the back, which is way better than the previous generation Sony Xperia phones – let’s in more light and it will also do 960fps shooting at 720p, which is a ridiculously high amount of frames which allows for some really great shooting in slow motion.
In terms of specifics, first of all it’s worth mentioning that it’s a really smart looking device, The Sony XZ Premium feels really premium and the silver model it’s just too sleek on the eye, although you can also have it in black. It has a guerrilla glass fibre on the front which is pretty a scratch resistant, and the thing that’s powering all this 4k HDR 960fps slow motion shooting magic – is the Snapdragon 835 processor.
So how are you going to put this 4k HDR content onto the Sony XZ Premium? Well, we don’t know too much about Netflix at this stage, aside form the fact that it makes 4k programming, but rumours say that Amazon Prime is going to be supporting 4k HDR pretty soon!
Other headline features include the 19mp camera – a feat which is probably one of Sony’s best USP’s, having had their camera technologies as in devices such as the iPhone and more. First of all the 19MP on the Sony XZ Premium is its highest upgrade yet, it has 20% larger pixels than previous cameras on Sony mobile devices, but it’s got a couple of interesting processing features as well, on both the photography and video side:
So on the photography side, the Sony XZ Premium, it will take a picture before you even press the shutter. So it will sense when motion is happening infant of the caimans for you to choose frommera, presenting you with what it thinks are the best four photos for you to choose from, and then it will save, preserve and upload it to Instagram, Facebook or whatever you choose to do with it… Then on a video side, it will shoot slow motion at a higher rate than other camera before it. That’s 960fps at 720p – now the previous record is 240 fps – so that’s about 4x faster than any other previous mobile camera, and it will just allow you to get really detailed slow motion shots of whatever you want to film.
In terms of construction, on a personal level, the Sony XZ Premium is our favourite phone this year so far, it’s absolutely beautiful and it definitely feels like a premium phone. Topped off with an aluminium finish on top, which cleverly acts like an anthena, it’s got a headphone port – which is always worth mentioning these days on a mobile phone – and a USB c-port at the bottom, and it is also waterproof.
An absolutely thrilling machine which those of you who like your tech smart, should consider whenever you buy your next phone!