Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the heaviest high-end phone of recent years

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the heaviest high-end phone of recent years
Launching in the US on July 30, the Xperia XZ2 Premium is Sony's most advanced smartphone ever, and, at $999, it's also one of the company's most expensive mobile devices to date. But we discovered that the handset is notable for a somewhat awkward characteristic as well: it is the heaviest high-end smartphone we've seen in recent years.

According to Sony, the US variant of the Xperia XZ2 Premium weighs 8.2 ounces, meaning 232 grams. We've searched hard for other high-end phones that could match the new Xperia in weight, but didn't find any - at least not among the handsets that are relevant in 2018. After the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, the second heaviest high-end smartphone on the market is the rugged Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, which weighs 208 grams. A close third is the Apple iPhone 8 Plus at 202 grams.

Like the regular Sony Xperia XZ2 (released some months back), the XZ2 Premium is made out of an aluminum frame sandwiched between curved 3D glass. Because of its curved back, at its thickest point, the phone measures 11.9 mm - that's a lot for a modern handset. The 5.8-inch 4K display, the 3540 mAh battery, and the advanced dual rear camera, among other things, all add to the device's weight.

If you're coming from almost any other phone (since most models weigh under 200 grams), you'll definitely notice the extra heft of the Xperia XZ2 Premium in your hands. Of course, if you like the XZ2 Premium and all the features that it's offering (and there's plenty to admire in this regard), the unusual weight is probably not a deal breaker. But it's still something to take into consideration if you're seriously thinking of buying the phone.

reference: Sony Mobile USA

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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. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

You guys should explain why , not just say it... This very curved rear panel has to be larger than a flat one to cover whole back. Instead of heat pipes, Sony has used since XZ Premium a graphite layer to get rid of heat easier. This is what allows XZ Premium to record 4K for more than 2 hours when other brands ridiculously limit vids up to 10 min. Also the DVS ( which I think they should drop next year). I wonder why i8+ has 202g.

2. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

We already mentioned the phone's curved, 11.9mm-thick back. But graphite is far from being heavy, it's lighter than aluminum, so I doubt it's that.

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Hi Florin... Compared to XZ Premium : larger screen, DVS, second rear cam, AUBE, bigger battery, XZ Premium was already close to 200g. I've been reading chinese foruns and some users say ( few ppl got access to devices in China and Taiwan) that it does not feel as heavy as XZ2. They say weight distribution is better.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The real question is, why did they put in such a thick back when they used an average-sized battery. That huge bulge and weight would only have been forgivable if the phone had a 4500+ mAh battery inside, which it sadly doesn't. If all this thickness and weight is just to add sensor cooling then they did the wrong compromise.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

List another 4k smartphone? This display has 4 times the resolution of an iPhone 8 plus, or more than 8 times the resolution of an iPhone 8. This display should give a user a wicked VR experience to say the least. Plus rumors say this 4k display is HDR. Something that the iPhone 8, and 8 plus are sorely lacking.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The display in question is a LCD display and cannot be used for VR due to many issues, especially switching lag. And then, why would someone need 4K resolution on such a tiny display ? Nothing makes sense on this phone. A *mobile* phone is good when mobility-related features are prioritized. And that firstly means battery, weight and screen-to-body ratio, power efficiency. On all of them the XZ2 Premium is below average.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I have heard that this new 4k display supports more than 60 fps. Plus its suppose to be the new RGBW type display. So that is not slow. Besides look at the Oculus Go or the new Lenovo Mirage Solo both have LCD displays. LCD has been getting better and faster. Some smartphones support 120 Hz refresh rates like the Razer. Your out of touch with technology Cat97. Stick to your iPhone's Cat97. Leave the Android stuff to people who know and use it.

47. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Since X Performance all flagships are 120Hz, but 60Hz out of box. You need to enable it yourself. XZ Premium is 120Hz 1080p or 60Hz 4K

23. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I use my xzp for VR, the Samsung does not work they have crapmoleds screens with saw teeth and pixelated and do not exceed 20 FPS in VR

39. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

To replace your tv...

10. mikedemoda

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

man... there are SEVERAL phones with HDR displays already... get your life together

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

XZ Premium is 4K HDR10 certified already. XZ2 Premium is 4K HDR BT 2020 certified

19. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No where in his comment did he mention iphone. You brought it into the conversation. You and TechSeptic have issues.

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Body is curved inside, not just the rear panel. There is more space unused between components compare to XZ Premium ( flat body)

18. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

The 4k screen and their new vibration motors take up space

40. ibrar1996

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Actually people think sony has best optimization to get best battery time with mediocre battery capacities (xz1c 2700mah, giving 108h endurance rating) But actually Chinese brands are just faking their battery capacities Check the 4000 mah test of p20pro which is giving same or less battery time compared to xz2 They charge fast but also drain fast which proves they are not quality just quantity Dat 3500mah is better than many giving 4500 mah cuz it's actually 3500

42. yalokiy

Posts: 1049; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Some noname brands - yes, but don't try to blame top chinese brands for this without any proof. p20pro has kirin 970 and it's much less power efficient than SD845 in XZ2. See anandtech article.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

iP 8 Plus is heavy due to it's high quality chassis, 3D touch module, LCD screen and the taptic engine motor. BTW Xperia XZ2 premium looks so beautiful.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4261; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Iphone 8+ is heavier than xz2, this is the first time I see a tech site to say it is heavy.

7. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I don't think a "heavy" smartphone is a bad thing. I like for my electronic devices to have some heft to them. I bet the Note 9 will come pretty close to this weight.

16. fyah_king unregistered

Trying walking in your basketball shorts with the iPhone 8plus .lol

17. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I have a Note 8 which weighs almost as much. I do it all the time. Doesn't bother me.

14. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

use Polycarbonate to loose the weight.

21. A_A_A

Posts: 225; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Bodybuilder Edition...

26. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

30g more than iPhone 8+ doesn't sound much, but when you start comparing XZ2 Premium to gigantic phablets like Mi Max 2, P8 Max, Zenfone 3 Ultra or even Sony's own Z Ultra(which all weigh less than XZ2 Premium by the way), you'll see something's definitely not right. I suspect the dual vibration motor and curved glass are being the causes of its absurd weight. On a thread for XZ2 Premium on BBS in Japan, I see a LOT of people complaining about its size/weight and getting Aquos R2, S9+ or P20 Pro instead, and it's truly sad to see those people as this is the first time Sony actually got almost everything right in recent years in terms of specs, they even made a decent pair of cameras this time around... and yet they managed to mess up with the design. Hopefully XZ3 will have a better look than this ugly mashup between U11 and Lumia 925.

30. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Do not compare garbage with the king

45. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lmao lmao. XZ2 king? Rofl... next joke plssss.

51. erikngn

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yall sonyboys are so funny and salty

29. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Voucher its weight in innovation

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