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

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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PhoneArena rating:
8.7Very good
Display5.5 inches, 2160 x 3840 pixels (801 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera19 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz, Kryo 280 processor
Size6.14 x 3.03 x 0.31 inches
(156 x 77 x 7.9 mm)
6.74 oz  (191 g)
Battery3230 mAh, 14.5 hours talk time

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