Qualcomm: Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first commercial phone powered by the Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm: Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first commercial phone powered by the Snapdragon 835
Announced earlier today at MWC 2017, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium packs many high-end features, starting with a 5.5-inch, 2160 x 3840 pixels (4K) display, and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. While XZ Premium is not the world's first smartphone to have a 4K display (this honor belongs to the Xperia Z5 Premium), it will be the very first commercial handset to use a Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Qualcomm itself is confirming that the Xperia XZ Premium will be the first Snapdragon 835-powered handset to hit the market. This likely means that the Sony phone will be available to buy before Samsung's Galaxy S8 (which is expected to use the Snapdragon 835 in the US).

Sony said that the Xperia XZ Premium would be released sometime this spring (and we mean the Northern Hemisphere spring, March - May). At the same time, rumors have it that the Galaxy S8 will be launched on April 21 - if that's true, the XZ Premium should hit shelves in less than 2 months from now.

Built on a 10nm process, the Snapdragon 835 is faster, yet more power efficient than any previous Qualcom processor. Coupled with the 4 GB of RAM onboard, the Snapdragon 835 will definitely help the Xperia XZ Premium run smoothly in all scenarios. To find out more about the new Sony flagship phone, check out the links below.

source: Qualcomm

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Xperia XZ Premium
  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3230 mAh(24.7h 3G talk time)



1. josephnero

Posts: 788; Member since: Nov 16, 2011


2. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

This is the first time in a while Sony got virtually everything right if Qualcomm expects the phone to sell before the GS8. 4K HDR display with HDR content ready out the box, latest version of Android, UFS 2.1 storage, latest Qualcomm SoC with its best modem, larger camera pixels, super slow mo video with improved image processing, latest USB 3.1 standard. No apparent objective flaws besides its puny battery.

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Does it say anywhere whether it's USB 3.1 gen 2(real usb 3.1 10 gbps) or USB 3.1 gen 1(USB 3.0)?

9. iczer

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

This I found on the Sony website: "Fast, convenient file transfer Move files faster, with the USB 3.1 connection – it’s 10 times quicker than USB 2.0, with a transfer speed of up to 5Gbps. And with the USB Type-C™ socket, plugging in is easy because the connector is always the right way up."

16. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Yeah, that's USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 gen 1. Full fat USB 3.1 has 10 gbps transfer speeds. Anyway, even 3.0 is pretty awesome and much better than 2.0. It also means you can display on an external 1440p monitor at full 60 fps. Not to mention that with UFS 2.1, data transfers will be insanely fast.

13. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

5. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

The biggest flaw they made with this phone, considering 2017 phones are making radical changes, is the design! those huge bezels are ugly!

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

But why change something that is working? Never saw an article of shattered screens due to dropping. As if you're gonna look at bezels more than the screen itself.

8. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

it's not working for them! they're not selling good number of smartphones. they dont know strategic management process.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You should apply to Sony and teach them how to do it.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah you're right, only a handful got to experience good quality phones. Quality so good that it doesn't explode. They didn't test enough the battery, they did admit it was their fault. So much for strategic management process.

27. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

that's part of the process. Samsung made a huge f**ng mistake but they're trying to make things right (I just hope they really did). Sony, on the other hand, seems not trying to do something new.

11. kumar1234 unregistered

Looks better than ugly S8 with its weird ass aspect display.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wow, you talk about the S8 more than the sammyboys themselves. Talk about obsession.

23. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont understand thats need to make phone weak and easy to break. Give me a good bezel and a good phone!

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not. S8 will be released before this.

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Source? The XZ premium is "coming soon".

15. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Well, the XZs is releasing on April 2. If the XZ premium was to be released alongside or soon after, they would have given the date. But since it's not, I assume it's not going to be released till at least April end. Of course, I might be wrong. In that case, color me impressed.

25. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

The whole point of this article is that Qualcomm itself said the XZ Premium would be the first Snapdragon 835 phone to hit the market. So, unless you know better than the maker of the 835, I'm pretty sure you are wrong.

26. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Let's see about that.

7. kiza_88

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

and how sony and samsung have sd835 and lg can not have 835 for g6.???

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Because Sony know that the Premium will not be a volume seller so they can deal with minimum stock levels. LG cannot afford to have their biggest volume seller have low stock.

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Because sony will sell what maybe 100k of thats phone ( and thats me being optimistic ) so its not such a drain.

28. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

So you're saying this phone will do worse than the BlackBerry PRIV? I'm pretty sure you're wrong about that.

14. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Why those sharp corners. Ugh.

30. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Those sharp corners are beautiful and distinctive IMO.

17. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

i feel that Sony has some image sensor deal going on with Samsung, so they can get some 835 first and in exchange, Samsung gets the latest Sony sensor.

18. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

I think that too... Though Sony might not sell their newest slow mo sensor to Samsung.. The deal might be in exchange of batteries and the good ol' 12 mp sensor in Note 7... And those commenting about low sales and thus snapdragon 835, I want to ask them a question... If the Xperia phones are that bad, and sell that low, bloody damn, How did XZ emerge as the late most sold flagship of late 2016..??

19. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

low sales doesn't mean a bad output though. Compared to others yes they are selling low numbers. But with no high sales number, no excessive ads budget so less outcome, and their margin is higher. and maybe the 835 amount can fit into their sales target and Samsung might approve on that too. Plus as you said, the battery tech for S8 might come from Sony and it's a possibility for another trading power for Sony. but it's all just a speculation in the end. So anyway Good strategy Sony, hope for the best for them.

29. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Not bad! I don't mind the absence of fingerprint sensor in the US since I rarely used that feature anyway. The spec alone is mind-blowing and beats the LG G6 easily in almost every aspect (except screen-to-body ratio and price). It also looks like the rumor about Samsung locking up SD835 supply is not entirely true, unless Sony is only selling a small number of XZ Premium to the extent that Qualcomm isn't worried about angering Samsung.

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