Sony Xperia XZ Premium wins "Best New Smartphone" award at MWC 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium wins
It might go as a surprise for some that Sony got home with one of the biggest GSMA awards at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. Given the fact that the Japanese company hasn't changed too much design-wise, and it's even forced to disable features on its smartphones in some markets, Xperia XZ Premium's award is quite the achievement.

GSMA recently announced the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has won “Best New Smartphone” award at MWC 2017. The second 4K smartphone launched by Sony, the Xperia XZ Premium is the only flagship introduced at MWC that packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

The addition of such a powerful CPU has its downsides as well, such as the fact that the Xperia XZ Premium will not be available on the market until late spring. The reason is Samsung's dibs on the Snapdragon 835, which will power the Galaxy S8 that's expected to go on sale on April 21.

On a side note, Samsung managed to win “Best Smartphone 2016” award for the Galaxy S7 edge, but that was to be expected since it's one of the best-selling handsets from last year. The Galaxy S6 edge won a similar award at MWC 2016, but will it get another one for the Galaxy S8 next year?

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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. mikehunta727 unregistered

I'm perfectly fine with this, either this or G6. Good job Sony and LG this year,a very solid nice step up from last years models

8. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree, the XZ Premium got me so excited that I can totally see myself rocking one once it gets released. Sony finally brought their A game back, and their timing couldn't be any better.

12. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

How did Sony bring their A game, especially with this phone? The bezels are fatter, the battery is smaller, and the camera's still crap. I honestly want Sony to be prosperous, but I swear to god the company is run by morons.

18. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They perfected the design imo, improved 4k screen, newer camera sensor which will hopefully deliver better results once it gets the production software, and yes the battery is smaller, but it is packed with a more efficient chip. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying the phone is perfect and that Sony couldn't have done better, but for me, this was the best phone announced so far in 2017.

20. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"the camera's still crap" Didn't know you had a review unit before everyone else, please give us more details.

50. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You are right but the same thing is being said alongside every new Sony's smartphone, "wait for reviews, it has new sensor" and every time their camera is the worst from flagship department Sony and HTC are my favourite Android manufacturers and I really want them to succed but goddamnit every time they have to screw something up. I loved my Z3C but iP4S had better camera and that's saying something

39. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The top and bottom bezels are not fatter, for f**k sake. Also take note of the speakers being placed on both bezels, they seem to be larger than those found on most other phones. The side bezels are quite slim as it is and if they went with an edge design you stupid samsung fanboys will just call it copying. The HTC 10 had side bezels and guess what? It fare a lot better in several drop tests compared to the Galaxy line of phones.

49. gigicoaste

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

It's funny to see how people decides as a general rule how a phone should be .. I mean.. if you don't like those bezels does it means that this is a bad phone from Sony? All the parameters are stuck in those bezels?

54. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Busyboy, Bezel size are a question of taste just like women size is if you want a brittle phone thats gonna break when you give is a small hit its your choice personally i prefer something more to hold on ( pun intended ) As for battery lets see its endurance before judging.

70. erizlovect

Posts: 6; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Are you have one???

73. ibrar1996

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Really dude?? Most people here like you never checked dxomark acc to which iphone never passed xperia's camera even in 7plus Video recording is superior and motion blur is mininal of all And now with the new sensors and aperture of 1.7 it seems s8 wont beat xzp like s7edge had a good lead in hand back than

77. Mahesh_K

Posts: 14; Member since: May 28, 2016

Bezel, bezel bezel. I think your last word would be "NO BEZELS PLEASE". But may God bless you with long, healthy life...

2. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I would've picked the Blackberry KEYone, and then the Sony.

68. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

You should better buy ALCATEL

3. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Congratulations Sony!

4. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

the xperia design still sucks

7. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apart from the side bezels, this is the best designed phone imo, it screams premium and it looks futuristic while staying elegant.

10. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Yes it does suck big time. And this is what I was wondering for the whole time. And finally this cheap dirty tricky poisonous two heads snake reveals its true colors. Best phone of wmc? What a bad joke! Even a school kid who always skips class can tell this phone is super ugly and bulky like a brick. As we all know the tech world has given credit to LG G6 for being the best looking with best advanced innovation smartphone at the moment. It's really disgusting that failing Sony used its dirty tactic to bribe the mwc committee. #RIPMWC #LoveSonyHate

13. Busyboy

Posts: 739; Member since: Jan 07, 2015


16. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Is that why every concept design phones by every OEMs and designers design Thier phones like a brick.... But when released the phone design becomes more curvature. The closest to design off the Sony is Huawei P9. Slightly curved corner's, while Sony retains the more edgy angular.

19. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015


21. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Hallyu's whole month was just ruined. Brought to you by Sony and this Phone Arena article!

22. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In response to post 10... PA reply system is still glitchy!

28. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Why would it? The S7 edge has won the 2017 "best smart phone" in MWC. Sony Xperia xz has won the "best new smart phone".

30. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Read Hallyu's post # 10 and you'll know what I'm talking about. He's upset about this award going to Sony!

23. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Bahaha go home to your bootlooping LG phone.

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

Ok so we get it Hallyu, if it doesn't have lipstick and makeup on it and isn't from Korea, you hate it. PA users already know this

29. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Hallyu is so pisset off because Sony got the 2017 award. Lmao...

51. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

"And finally this cheap dirty tricky poisonous two heads snake reveals its true colors." Hahahaha!

52. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

At this point I don't think it's funny to make fun of his pent up anger anymore. Something's not right about him... I mean, just read his posts. Hope I am reading his English wrong but he certainly creeps me out at times.. Hall.. no hate towards you or anything but you really need to seek help.

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