Sony unveils new Xperia XZ2 Premium with 4K HDR screen and dual camera

Sony unveils new Xperia XZ2 Premium with 4K HDR screen and dual camera
After announcing the flagship Sony Xperia XZ2 in late February, now, nearly two months after that, Sony unveils an even more premium handset for those craving more features: enter the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.

The XZ2 Premium has one of the highest resolution screens ever put in a smartphone, a 4K HDR display, and it features a new dual camera system that supports very high sensitivity so you can take pictures in nearly complete darkness. The XZ2 Premium can also record 4K HDR videos.

Think about the XZ2 Premium as a super-powered version of the regular Xperia XZ2 in almost every way imaginable: while the two have a nearly identical design with a glass back and a curvy look, the XZ2 Premium comes with a higher-resolution screen, a dual camera with new capabilities, and a high-resolution audio experience.

So, here is a quick look at the main highlights of the Xperia XZ2 Premium and how it differs from the XZ2:

  • Platform: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Dimensions: 3.1" x 6.2" x 0.3"-0.5" (80mm x 158mm x 6.4-11.9mm), 236g weight
  • System chip: Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM
  • Display: 5.8" 4K HDR LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Rear Cameras: New dual camera, 51200 max ISO for photos, 12800 max ISO for video
  • Front Camera: 13-megapixel with 1/3.06" low-light sensor
  • Battery: 3,450mAh
  • Extras: Live vibration response (a la Xperia XZ2), Water protection, Wireless Charging, No headphone jack

Xperia XZ2 Premium vs XZ2: key differences

The XZ2 Premium and XZ2 basically share the same base architecture as both are powered by the flagship Snapdragon 845 chip, but the XZ2 Premium has more RAM: 6GB RAM vs 4GB RAM on the XZ2. The XZ2 had a 5.7" Full HD display versus the slightly larger and much higher-res 5.8" 4K screen on the XZ2 Premium. Then, there are the new cameras: the XZ2 has a 19-megapixel single camera, while the XZ2 Premium has a dual cam. Up front, the 5-megapixel camera of the XZ2 gets upgraded to a 13-megapixel shooter on the XZ2 Premium. Finally, the XZ2 Premium has a larger battery (3,450mAh vs 3,180mAh), but we are yet to see whether this will actually result in better battery life.

A focus on the cameras

While the Xperia XZ2 had a single camera on its back, the new XZ2 Premium steps up to a dual camera system. The main camera captures color, while the second one records a monochrome image, an approach that is different than dual camera systems used by Apple and Samsung, where the second camera has a zoomed-in, telephoto lens. Sony use the black-and-white pictures from the secondary camera to get more light from an image and then smartly combines the images from the two camera into one using its dedicated "Aube" fusion image processor. Sony boldly claims that "the camera’s ultra sensitivity with clean, noiseless images was previously only possible with interchangeable lens cameras," so we are curious to test this new camera in real life.

Using this new dual-sensor camera, you can shoot in ISO of up to 51200 for photos and up to 12800 ISO for videos. These levels are unprecedented for a phone camera, but of course, expect images shot at those extreme ISO settings to look very grainy.

There are a few new creative options as well: the ability to shoot photos in "Select Bokeh" mode, which is a glorified portrait mode that will blur the background of an image for a DSLR-like look. You will also be able to desaturate parts of an image and and leave only your subject in color, for a more impactful image.

Other features that carry over from the XZ2 include 4K HDR video recording that is also supported by the high-resolution 4K HDR display. You also have 960fps super slow motion recording here.


Sony has not yet unveiled an official price for the new Xperia XZ2 Premium and has only said that the premium smartphone will be available in the summer of 2018, but there is no specific release date just yet. The phone will be available in two finishes: a chrome black and chrome silver.

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Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • Display 5.8" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3540 mAh(26.5h 3G talk time)



1. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 152; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Another flagship in two months? Then why release the XZ2 at all?

4. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 152; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

I just checked at it has a 16:9 display and is 80mm wide with a weight of 236g and width of upto 11.9mm. Thats certainly huge.

25. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This one was supposed to come in february. Dual cam wasnt ready

70. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Because they could be overshadowed by the release of One Plus 6 uf they plan to release it on a much later date.

72. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Its not another flagship.... Its premium phone just like s9 snd s9+. ... Dont hate simply..

2. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Condolences to everyone who bought the XZ2

19. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

condolences x 1000 to those who bought the garbage of the samsung s9 and p20 pro

29. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So much wasted space, 10% worse screen to body ratio than the S9 devices which also have waterproofing and stereo speakers

34. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

But they do not have 4k screen or cameras of last generation

61. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Atleast those S9 users are still enjoying their smartphone because it has a headphone jack! And there's more it can do than this XZ2 premium!

62. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

nop, an s9 can not do more than an xzp

32. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Sony: on the way to its grave

45. Stormrider

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Just shut the f*** up you racist lowlife. This phone wipes the floor with anything Samsung produced to date whether you like it or not. Stop being butthurt and enjoy the trash you're using.

54. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Still envy because Japan have tons of important companies while SK has 2?

3. MroziQ

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

I guess it will not be even close to P20 Pro image quality. BTW if I would bought XZ2 2 months ago I would feel raped

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I can't understand how you can be a PA reader and not know that this was coming.

13. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

P20 pro is a garbage. last year's processor, joke gpu, crapmoled low screen without sd, without, without bluetooth 5.0, iphone x copy, obsolete video camera and joke photo camera

38. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Yep both are crap. They know their place very well, by not comparing with the world class Galaxy S9+

42. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

S9 is obsolet, use crapmoled poor in suboixels and 2017

82. PeeCee25

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 07, 2018

Let's check if P20 Pro is indeed a garbage. 1. Kirin 970,though not as good as Snapdragon 845/Exynos 8895 SoC, is a very capable processor and could more than handle every goddamed thing you throw at it without any flitch and Mali G72 MP12, though not as good as Adreno 630 or even Mali G72 MP18, can play any games with ease and being a Full HD+ resolution, it doesn't need to push as many pixels as Samsung S9/S9+'s Quad HD+ resolution 2. OLED Full HD+ screen, though not as good as S9' s AMOLED Quad HD screen is good enough for most people, though I would love that PPI is at least 450+. 128GB of storage is more than enough unless you wish to watch every movie on your small screened phone. For that purpose, there are very good TVs and Laptops 3. I agree with that Bluetooth 5.0 would be a very good choice, though people hardly use Bluetooth anymore these days 4. It is much better looking than IPhone X, the notch is much better as well 5. Agree that 4K video should have a good stabilization 6. Rear camera has scored the highest in DxO ratings of smartphone camera, which, even if all don't agree with, is no small feat to achieve

52. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

why? thay have always had the premium as their top of the line, if you still dont know that its on you tbh

73. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Why dude... Budget matters and everyone knows their is premium phone in months.... People nowadays are not that dumb....

5. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Im SPEECHLESS!!! im not expecting this at all!!

7. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

If this was introduced back at MWC, it would have been a hit, but then again, Sony's one step slower than it should I'm so glad I didn't wait for the XZ2 to hit the shelf

74. phaneendra_92

Posts: 64; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

If sony introduce it on mwc and for stores june their will be lot of coments on sony what a long time.... ( Seen last year xz premium)

8. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

:O What ? now Sony ? XZ2 Premium Awesome :O

10. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I am sold on this, was gonna go for the s9+, but this seems like the better choice for me. Mainly because it supports LDAC and some of the proprietary Sony tech that I find useful in my case.

28. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The S9 supports LDAC, it supports 6 codecs including LDAC

56. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Courtesy from Sony.. But it only work with Sony wireless headphones

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Mouth watering specs. Bad timing. I feel bad for whoever bought the xz2.

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