Xperia XZ Premium Q&A: Ask us anything about Sony's most advanced phone yet!

Sony's latest premium flagship handset, the Xperia XZ Premium, should be launched on a trove of major markets around the world in the coming days and weeks. With a proper 4K display, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, and an intriguing camera package, the device is most definitely going to garner some attention, and with good reason — we had the pleasure of reviewing that one a few weeks ago and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise, a worthy flagship befitting Sony's stature.

As the device's global release nears, we thought it would be a good idea to help potential adopters make up their mind and clear out any misunderstandings they might have regarding the phone. Admittedly, we tried to cover all aspects of the phone in our comprehensive review, but there's always the chance that we've missed something that might be of great interest to you.

So, make sure to check out our review first and then feel free to ask us anything pertaining to the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, we'll try our best to answer as many of these in a follow-up post in a couple of days or so!

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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. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Is the Xperia XZ Premium's siderails really made of metal or plastic? It looks convincingly metal in some photos.

7. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

The sides are plastic, the top and bottom are metal. I agree they look very convincing. Apparently the feel is quite nice too.

13. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016


36. hugoleosp

Posts: 1; Member since: May 30, 2017

My opinion they chose plastic and not metal is because all the antennas are located on the side, and, of course, if you use metal, you'll decrease it's capacity of receiving good signal. I had other phone with metal with my GPS loosing signal every now and then and while my friends could get 3 bars in locations away from the city or underground, I got none. So if they made an effort to keep the "plastic" very similar in appearance is because of that and I do appreciate a better reception over appearance

27. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

At first I thought it was metal.. it has a great coating that feels and looks like metal!

38. cheetah2k

Posts: 2322; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Originally the phone was supposed to have Fused Glass all the way round???? What happened to that? Binned?

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Does it have fm radio?

8. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I think Sony got rid of fm in their flagships since the z5. Shame really.

22. Feanor

Posts: 1429; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think bemoaning the lack of FM radio and not even mentioning the existence of digital noise cancellation is a bit counterintuitive. If you want radio on your phone, download TuneIn and that's all. Still baffles me though how Digital Noise Cancellation doesn't get any mention as a unique feature of Sony phones (and lately the HTC U11). Just consider all these millions of people that go to work every day with the Underground and pretend to be listening to music in the racket of the train without DNC. Sounds to me like a much more useful feature than perfect picture quality of my lunch for Facebook.

3. donrox

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Can you test the write/read speeds of the internal memory and compare it to the XZs and to other android flagships? (given that it uses USB 3.1 and UFS 2.1)

4. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Did the Sony-skin improve over the years or is it clumsy?

16. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

never been clumsy to start with.Even XZ flies on 7.1.1

5. tallius

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

If the phone was more bezel-less, is it hard to use on one hand? Does the bezels make it easier for one hand use? Or it's better for two hands.

28. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

It's big, the screen actually is big so you can't really use it with one hand with ease.

6. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

How is camera quality compared to previous Xperia z5 premium and compared to the s8, g6 & iPhone 7plus. And also how loud are the stereo speakers compared to previous Xperia, ZTE Axon 7 and Alcatel idol 4s.

29. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

The camera quality is really great, the HDR is working much better and there is no distortion at the edges of the photos (barrel effect). the speakers are well balanced, the stereo effect is awesome, it's not extremely loud but the sound is rich and loud enough.

9. maherk

Posts: 7056; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Is it true that the side trim is made from a nylon like material instead of metal? And how does this material feel in the hand, cheap or premium?

33. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

You won't believe it's made of plastic... it feels premium, the whole device.

39. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Even on the XZ, you can't tell if the sides are metal or plastic, but it's actually plastic

45. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

believe it or not compared to premium the old XZ feels like its whole body is made of plastic :)

10. xinrui

Posts: 9; Member since: May 30, 2017

The 4K screen will be always on when web browsing, that means it will consume a lot of battery when I browse with Chrome? Is it always-on 4K display?? or like Z5 premium only in video app?

18. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Phone has 4K. But depends on the app you are using. 99,9999999% of apps do not run 2K nor 4K. Sony can give 4K support for their apps, but not third part apps. Developers have to give support. QHD phones do not show QHD apps

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Can you rest a drink on the bottom bezel and still see the screen in full? Man those are hideous and ancient looking.

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Is it Ps4 compatible only? Or can I connect a PS3 as well? Can I play PS games while being far away? Would be cool if I can play PS games while at work :p

19. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

PS and Xperia have to be connected to same wifi. You can go to your kitchen or bathroom and play there

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Everyday battery life?

30. makiz

Posts: 33; Member since: May 30, 2017

With really heavy usage (FB, messaging, taking photos/videos, instagram etc) it lasts the whole day. I have over 90 apps and 4G WiFi GPS Bluetooth all turned on.

15. tigas

Posts: 15; Member since: May 16, 2017

How's the Camera of the XZ Premium compared to the last year flagship XZ? Is there a major change on the camera algorithm? How's the camera cover of the XZ Premium? Is it made up of plastic or glass?

17. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

since XZ it's glass

20. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Photos of XZP are better than XZ, XZs, i7+, s7, X Perf .. New lenses got rid of corner issues..

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