Can the Xperia XZ2 Premium rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

Can the Xperia XZ2 Premium rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?
So, the Xperia XZ2 Premium certainly took its sweet time to arrive. The phone was announced way back in April and it will finally be launching on the 30th of July.

And, you know, being the Premium Sony phone, it'll also have a premium price tag. More to the point — it'll cost you $999 to get that sweet 4K screen.

We just reviewed the Xperia XZ2 Premium and, while we do like it, we are still not sure it'll convince a lot of people to drop $1k on it. To top it off, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is about to be unveiled in a couple of weeks and we can't help but feel that it'll steal all of the XZ2 Premium's thunder.

But hey, we could be wrong. Do you think the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has any chance vs the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?

Would you get the Xperia XZ2 Premium or would you rather wait for the Note 9?

Xperia XZ2 Premium all the way!
Pft... the Galaxy Note 9 will stomp all over it as soon as it arrives

Related phones

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)
Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. deleon629

Posts: 465; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Sony’s gonna have a hard time convincing the public to buy into the 4K res screen again. Have they even found a way to justify the need for a 4K screen despite the lack of supported content available? Why haven’t they just decided to make this phone the next-gen of PSP...Yet?


Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

There’s no “need” for a lot of things on mobile phones, but they’re there. Just like every other Android, it’s a spec sheet bump. Something to add to the list of feats that Android manufacturers accomplish on a device so small.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7429; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

VR apps with an appropriate headset can take full advantage of that 4k display. Plus with more and more AR apps arriving every week. Some AR apps can take advantage of a VR headset by using the rear camera to display the real world with mixed graphics. This stuff is already here today. If your in the Apple world, then you would probably say there is no "need", but there certainly is a need. Why do you think LG, Samsung, Google and a number of others are working on displays with 1400 DPI or 2200 DPI displays. Apple was an idiot when they said you don't need resolutions higher than Retina, which was 326 DPI. Look today with their iPhone X with a DPI of 458. If higher densities are not needed, then why is Apple following Android?

36. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@sgodsell And how can the VR apps take full advantage of the 4k display if the phone isn't VR supported? And with the curved back on the 2018 phones. How can it fit on the VR headset without scratching it after too many instances of placing it on and off the headset?

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

isnt the Z3 right around the corner??? talk about buyers remorse

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

lol. is this suppose to be a joke or something? lmoa

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

- Faster performance - Faster updates ( android p in september/october) and 3 years of security. - Wider colour gamut screen, BT2020 certified and all vids played as HDR. - Better super slow-mo, 4K HDR, better vids with higher bitrate, limitless 4K recording - Better photos from.rear and front - Better audio ( should have jack) - Argumented reality - Battery care / qnovo - No need to crop vids while watching - Cheaper For me 32GB is enough , but I think it should have 128GB for the price. Both do not have nice design. One is a pillow , the other is TV control.

6. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

sony gives 32gb in their flagshi? lol lol

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I said 32GB is more than enough for my needs.

16. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The only truth you've said is ( Cheaper ) Ohh... ok; and that useless 4k display. Note 9 is going to destroy that fake flagship( sony)

20. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Even this site admits that there is difference between 4K and QHD+

22. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

It is a small difference ; but still useless. Most of the people still have a 1080 TV ; but sony its using a 4k panel for a tiny phone ; this is hilarious.

27. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

This is technology. Manufacturers are striving for better everything. We'll have to wait for both phones to hit the shelves to see which is better but they are rivals although Samsung will probably sell much more even if it's the lesser phone. So far the testing of the xz2p are making it worth the 1000$ (900€ here) more than the s9 did.

37. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

3 years of security updates? LOL! Stop lying!

8. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Id choose third option.. Both will not sell well when you can get normal and easier phone to handle at third of the price. I do root for Sony but after having my xz1, i don't think i would go bigger than 5.2 inches screen (16:9) again. Xz1 screen is enough.

9. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Sony xz2 premium all the way!!!! But I think sony xz3 should be eaven better.

10. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

The stylus and the jack are the only added "features" that the Note has over the XZ2 Premium. On the opposite, the Premium as one of the best low light capabilities available right now, you get 4K HDR recording, and the Note will be priced above a thousand dollars. I'd get the XZ2 Premium without a doubt

12. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

The note won't exceed 960$ price tag it has a almost 3k superamoled display better third party support 4000map battery 128gb base storage 6gb of ram headphone jack s pen Sd card support

14. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

The XZ2P has a 4K screen... The size of the battery doesn't matter, moreover Samsung this year is not that great in terms of battery life. And the XZ2P also has a SD card reader and 6GB of RAM. As I said, the S Pen and the Jack are the most noticeable differences between these two, but the camera itself is enough for me to go with the Sony.

29. yalokiy

Posts: 1047; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

S Pen and jack over useless 4K screen anytime for me. I need 4k resolution on my laptop or TV, but on my phone it doesn't make any sense. Regarding camera, it's yet to be seen what note9 has hidden under it's sleeve.

31. Ellio74

Posts: 74; Member since: Mar 22, 2018

Great! The S Pen is useless for me, the 4K screen however is a nice feature. The camera will be more or less the same as the S9 in my opinion, it looks like they've been working more on the stylus than everything else...

21. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

N9 will be more than €1000

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Of I'm going to spend 1k between these two, I'll go with the Note 9. At least the S pen got useful features that would benefit the buyers who will need them and it got some interesting tech if the rumors are true. On the other hand the Sony got a 4K screen and and a superb low light camera.... And that's about it. I don't think the Sony is worth the 1K price tag IMHO.

13. rkoforever90

Posts: 459; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Both are not worth 1000$ . s9 and note 8 is around 500$ now.

18. Georgio

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No phone worth 1000 ; not only these 2

15. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

"Can the Xperia XZ2 Premium rival the Samsung Galaxy Note 9?" Sadly, no.

19. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

What Sony should do is release it on all US carriers and promote promote promote!! The hell out of it on TV commercials maybe just maybe it will succeed here. Stop with all this unlocked only crap , release it on all carriers with a reasonable price .

24. josephnero

Posts: 782; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

For me XZ2 P is already the winner

25. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Wow! I never expected to see a tie! let alone never expected to see how much support XZ2 Premium received here. How I just wish it'll translate the same in sales figures..

33. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You have to factor in the Samsung haters that will pick the XZ2 in order to bring down any product with a Samsung name

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.