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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Posted: , by Damian M.



Interface and Functionality

New Android version, classic Sony skin.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with Android 7.1.1 on board, complete with Sony's familiar skin with minor changes. If you have used an Xperia phone since the Z1 onward, you will have no problems picking up the XZ Premium and using it to its full potential by the end of the first day.

The default theme takes a page from Samsung's book and provides a simple gradient wallpaper that reminds us of the last seconds of sunshine, before dusk falls in the summer. It's nothing fancy or animated, it's not distracting in any way, and it's quite pleasant to look at.

Overall, the interface of the Xperia XZ Premium is quite pleasant and intuitive. Not to mention that thanks to its brand new Snapdragon 835, it's quite snappy too, and lag is nearly non-existent.

Processor, Performance and Memory

A powerhouse through and through, the Xperia XZ Premium doesn't fail to impress.

Sony is one of the few manufacturers right now that have announced a phone with the Snapdragon 835. Paired with the 4 GB of RAM, this makes for a pretty well-performing phone, and it shows. Using the Xperia XZs with the older Snapdragon 820 feels cumbersome and slow after a few days with the XZ Premium, despite the fact that both handsets sport almost identical software.

What surprised me with the handset is its low temperature after heavy sessions of gaming and even VR video. Most phones I've used heat up significantly when you put them in the relatively enclosed Google Cardboard, but the Xperia XZ Premium, while slightly warmer than usual, was not as hot as I expected. Same goes for heavy 3D games, such as Rovio's Battle Bay. Add the superior 4K display to the mix and you get a multimedia powerhouse.

The handset also comes with 64 GB of user storage, which is pretty much the standard, and it's easily expandable via microSD.

Internet and Connectivity

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

As would be expected from a flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium comes with all the bells and whistles, when it comes to connectivity, including LTE, NFC, GPS and so on.

Additionally, it's one of the first phones to employ Bluetooth 5.0, which means that it has the capacity to transfer files twice as fast, and four times further. However, the device on the other end needs to employ the same standard. If you have a Bluetooth 4.2 headset, for example, the range and speed will be just as limited as before.

We still don't know whether or not any of the US carriers will be selling the device, so when it comes to LTE connectivity, make sure to check with your carrier whether the bands of the device you plan to buy are supported. Otherwise, you might be stuck with a great and expensive handset, without the ability to employ its full potential.

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posted on 16 May 2017, 09:27 1

1. Ordinary (Posts: 2453; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)

Did anyone try VR on this phone?

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:34

6. ibend (banned) (Posts: 6747; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

did it even support daydream?

posted on 16 May 2017, 17:20 1

51. sgodsell (Posts: 5057; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I have tried Cardboard apps on the Z5 premium. There is no screen door effect like you find on lower resolution displays. Daydream VR is not currently supported on the XZ premium.

posted on 16 May 2017, 14:51 3

44. HomerS (Posts: 418; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

It doesnt support Daydream it doesnt have an OLED display.

posted on 17 May 2017, 05:31

61. ecologer (Posts: 31; Member since: 25 Jul 2014)

I'd also like to know more about its VR performance.

posted on 17 May 2017, 16:32

71. Cat97 (Posts: 416; Member since: 02 Mar 2017)

Its VR performance is ZERO :).

posted on 17 May 2017, 09:13 3

69. Damian.M (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)

We did. Thanks to the Snapdragon 835 and the 4K display, it both runs and looks pretty good. Unfortunately, it's not Daydream-ready, so you're stuck with whatever runs on Cardboard, pretty much.

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:29 4

2. pyradark (Posts: 887; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

what a surprise PA!! Good Job Sony for this awesome phone

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:48 13

8. maherk (Posts: 4996; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Ikr?!! Finally a fair score for a Sony device.

Although I got the S8 and I'm loving it so far, the XZP is still my favorite phone of the year. It was just small stuff that I got used to have on my phone that kept with Samsung this year.

I just hope reviewers will give this phone enough coverage for it to succeed, as Sony deserves it for the effort they brought with this one.

posted on 16 May 2017, 12:51

37. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4376; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Tried S8 and S8+ yesterday, compared it to my OP3 and the size impressed me. And as I suspected, the fingerprint scanner will need time to get used to. It needs quite a travel.
But Sony here, they did a marvelous job...I'm super stoked with the Super slow mo.

posted on 17 May 2017, 03:59 1

58. aBoss (Posts: 148; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)

yea this Sony Xperia XZ Premium is currently the greatest phone out right now. The only phone that may beat it is the Note 8 and thats only if it is coming with a removable battery as I doubt it will come with a 4k screen, 960p slow motion or the perfect fingerprint sensor placement like this Sony

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:29 4

3. dubaiboy78 (Posts: 290; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)

Wow finally from iphonearena! Xz premium with Good grade!

posted on 16 May 2017, 10:11 11

13. yann (Posts: 405; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)

Yea. 8.7:is good, but look at the cons:
1. Fingerprint magnet - how the same problem is not a con in Galaxy S 8 phones reviews?
2. Super slow-motion can be hard to time right - this is unique feature and you complained about it? At least it's there - even for 0.2 sec(not as you wrote 0.15);
3. Cumbersome camera UI - in iPhone 4K video shooting is also different app(not in video settings) but you didn't complain about it? Also it depends from the point of view.

posted on 16 May 2017, 10:39

15. maherk (Posts: 4996; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

To be fair to PA, everyone is talking about the slow mo feature and how you need lots of tries to get it right

posted on 16 May 2017, 12:07

30. yann (Posts: 405; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)

At least it had slow mo at 960fps. Others don't. It can't be a con.

posted on 16 May 2017, 13:05

39. maherk (Posts: 4996; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

If you look closely, you'll notice how they have the 960fps feature as a pro, and that the process of taking one is a con ;)

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:06 5

18. NoAllegiance (unregistered)

The more ridiculous cons, the better the phone as they couldn't find fault in other aspects.

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:25 1

22. tyrion_lannister (unregistered)

Just because iPhone's camera UI is crap doesn't make the Xperia UI better. Sorry, but a camera UI that doesn't even allow HDR in auto mode, let alone auto HDR is a garbage UI.

posted on 16 May 2017, 13:12 8

40. josephnero (Posts: 598; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)

it has HDR in auto mode.it's just called baclkit scence genious.

posted on 16 May 2017, 13:57 7

41. DanteTheGreat (Posts: 59; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)

It has HDR in auto mode. Don't state falsehoods like they are facts.

posted on 16 May 2017, 15:05 5

46. timaustin2000 (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)

Eh? It has got HDR in Suprior Auto - it's on by default. They call it "Backlight" but it's HDR.

posted on 17 May 2017, 02:03 4

54. kabiluddin (Posts: 224; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

@tyrion_lannister I'm not sorry to say that you are dumba**. Pretend to be known it all jacka** like you should eat $hit and shut up.

posted on 22 May 2017, 05:33

81. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

you're just jealous of him.................LOSER!

posted on 16 May 2017, 20:46 1

52. Valinor (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

Actually, the real big cons for me are:

- audio output (how can they build great audio players but put crappy audio in their phones)
- lowlight photos (saw some samples, they really really suck. All my life i've been buying sony cameras, love the photo quality.... but their phone photos can be so much better)
-that bottom bezel.... at least add physical buttons to it. Now its just useless space while the onscreen buttons are also taking up space.

I was about to pre-order but lowlight photos and good audio are really important for me.

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:31

4. androiduser (Posts: 286; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)

Nokia 9 and oneplus 5 . I'm waiting for those 2

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:32 1

5. nikhil23 (Posts: 212; Member since: 07 Dec 2016)

I wonder how the VR looks on this phone

posted on 16 May 2017, 09:43 2

7. tigas (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 May 2017)

This year, it's Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Iphone 7s world.

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:16

20. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

iPhone 8*

posted on 16 May 2017, 11:29 4

23. omnitech (Posts: 982; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

It's going to be the 7s.

posted on 16 May 2017, 12:58

38. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

An iPhone 8 is being released alongside the 7s and 7s plus. Get your facts straight.

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Display5.5 inches, 2160 x 3840 pixels (801 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera19 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size6.14 x 3.03 x 0.31 inches
(156 x 77 x 7.9 mm)
6.88 oz  (195 g)

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