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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Posted: , by Damian M.



Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

Call Quality

It's much better than that of its smaller sibling.

We were somewhat disappointed by the call quality on the Xperia XZs. Thankfully, this can't be said for the Xperia XZ Premium. The bigger handset features better internals, and it appears that this extends to microphones and speakers too. Calls with the Xperia XZ Premium are quite crisp and pleasing. We wouldn't say that they're as clear as speaking in person, but we couldn't pick up any issues or distortions either, so we can't complain.

Battery Life

Big screens don't necessarily need big power banks.

Big screens with high resolutions require a lot of power, that's a fact. And with the XZ Premium's beast of a display, one would expect that the battery life would be laughable. However, they would be wrong.

The phone comes with a not-so-impressive 3,230 mAh power pack, but it appears that it's enough. The XZ Premium lasted us through the whole day for the time we used it without any issues.

In our standard battery test, the handset lasted for 8 hours and 15 minutes, which is well above the average, and it's a pleasant surprise, considering the average capacity of the power pack and the huge high-resolution display.

Of course, playing heavy multimedia on it made its charge drop like a stone. So, in case you want to play Pokemon GO on its glorious 4K screen, better do so equipped with a serious power bank.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Sony Xperia XZ Premium 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review
The Xperia XZ Premium is a very good phone. We can't really complain from lack of power, design or camera performance. However, at the end of the day, it has very solid competition to beat. Other manufacturers are betting on new aspect ratios, smaller bezels and dual cameras, and it seems that Sony is the only one staying true to its own formula for now.

This, of course, doesn't make it a worse phone than the LG G6 or the Galaxy S8+. In fact, it now offers the same blazing fast performance as its competitors, thanks to the Snapdragon 835 and some pretty well-optimized software (actually, that's better hardware than what we have in the G6).

If you're still not ready to give up the 9:16 aspect ratio, and you're looking for a solid device to invest in, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium can and should be one to consider seriously.


  • Excellent 4K display
  • Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • 960 fps super slow-motion video


  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Super slow-motion can be hard to time right
  • Cumbersome camera UI
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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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