Sony has announced a souped-up version of its Xperia XZ2 phone. Earlier it was rumored that the next phone could be called XZ2 Pro but Sony unveiled its next device in April 2018 named as Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium which is just a beefed-up, bigger and better version of Xperia XZ2. It’s definitely in the league of elite flagships thanks to its amazing specs and we think it will retain a long lasting position among other flagships.
Xperia XZ2 Premium Design and Display
The phone offers Gorilla Glass on both its front and the back which Sony calls the “Fluid Design” but however, it is not the first phone to have introduced Corning Gorilla Glass on its front and back as Samsung Galaxy S9+ has done it already earlier this year.
The XZ2 premium offers a 4K HDR display which is exclusive to Sony phones for now. According to Sony, this display technology would have exceptional detail, definition, color, and contrast. Sony has decided not to include OLED display like other flagships including iPhone X, Galaxy S9+, and Mate 10 Pro which have OLED panels.
XZ2 Premium also hosts a dual camera setup on par with the prevailing trend. Dual cameras have been on the market for a while now. Sony has to provide exceptional software processing for its camera to produce crisp results.
Speaking of cameras Huawei has recently introduced the world’s first triple camera phone, the P20 Pro. So Sony has to be extremely innovative to beat the likes of P20 Pro, Galaxy S9+ and iPhone X.
The device weighs a whopping 236g which is at least 50 g heavier than the huge Galaxy S9+. The phone does not offer any full-screen technology like Huawei’s FullView or Samsung’s Infinity Display so we can assume that with its large bezel the phone would be pretty substantial. With such weight and mass, it’s going to be pretty tiresome for the user to use the device single-handedly for a longer period.
Xperia XZ2 Premium Specs and Release Date
Like many other major flagships, Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with Snapdragon 845 on board. The internal storage capacity is 64 GB which accompanies 6GB RAM. The phone also has an option of expandable storage supporting up to 400 GB of Micro SD card. Honestly, with a flagship at this level, we were hoping to see different variants in terms of memory capacity.
Sony claims that the speakers on the XZ 2 Premium are the loudest Xperia speakers yet. Unlike Galaxy S9, Sony has dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack on this handset. This may be a con for the phone but since it purely depends upon users’ opinion, we can’t complain much about it.
Besides the 4K HDR display, Xperia XZ2 Premium’s camera is also a major feature. It’s branded as the Motion Eye Dual camera, and it consists of monochrome as well as an RGB setup. The 19MP RGB camera features a 1/2.3-inch sensor, 1.22-micron pixels, 5-axis Steady Shot stabilization with Intelligent Active Mode and the 12MP monochrome camera is used for capturing clear contrast.
Xperia XZ2 Premium boasts a 3540 mAh battery which looks good on paper but will have to prove its endurance in real life usage. Although the Galaxy s9+ has a 3500 mAh battery, Samsung’s excellent optimization results in superb battery management. On the other hand, Huawei is providing a huge 4000mAh battery in their Mate 10 pro. Let’s see how well does this phone compete with the flagships that are already capturing the market.
As the XZ2 has already been released in April, we may see the Xperia XZ2 Premium launch in June given that the last year’s XZ premium was released in June after its MWC debut.