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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

RetiredModerator LucyS
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This is my first Sony handset review so I’m really excited to test this one out! I’ve heard lots of excellent things about this device so here goes…


Set up & Design

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First off, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a beast when you take it out of the box. It has a huge 5.5-inch TV-like screen, which I think makes it perfect for watching videos or streaming TV and movies. It also boasts an impressive 4K display and you’d be hard-pressed to find a sharper screen elsewhere on the market. If you have access to 4K HDR video footage, you’ll be seriously impressed with the Xperia XZ Premium because the clarity on the screen is mind-blowing. 


The sheer hugeness of the device does make reaching the top corners a little hard - and this may prove frustrating when it comes to opening apps located at the top of the screen. However, if you love your big screen phones, you’ll be pleased with the size.


Design-wise it feels familiar and it reminded me of a TV with the square edges and rectangular back frame around the display. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but I do prefer the edge to edge displays that are becoming increasingly popular amongst smartphone manufacturers. Weight-wise this phone feels solid which I really like and comes with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back which should provide decent protection.


There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner which takes some getting used to but it is fast and reliable which is what matters.



The headline feature of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the camera’s slow-motion video capabilities. It captures 960fps – to put that into context, most other flagship phones on the market currently shoot 240fps - meaning this phone can shoot suuuuuuper slow-mo videos. Check out Sony's example video here:

For taking regular photos, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes loaded with a huge 19MP lens. I have high expectations for the cameras on flagship smartphones and the Xperia XZ Premium’s did not disappoint. Selfies and shots taken in low-light both came out crystal clear and true to life. Here are some of the shots I captured over the past few weekends:


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Other features

The audio quality is superb on this handset and I was happy with the battery life too. The phone lasted a full day of moderate use with some juice left to spare. What does a moderate-use look like? For me, it’s taking multiple calls, texts, responding to emails, social media surfing, video streaming, website browsing, photo taking/editing and online shopping. I don’t game but with the Xperia XZ Premium’s high-res display and decent battery life, I’m sure gamers would enjoy it.


  • Camera
  • Big display packed with pixels


  • Familiar design



I’m impressed with my first foray into the world of Sony mobile phones. The Sony XZ Premium is a solid handset and if photo and video capabilities are your number one priority, you’ll be very happy with this device.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in the above review are my own and do not represent those of Optus or its staff.


Retired Employee MouniraH
Retired Employee

@LucyS absolutely love the slow mo video functionality! 

p.s selfie was on fleek!



Contributor SteveV

So can review but cannot show updates. Even the security updates

Online Community Manager
Online Community Manager
Contributor SteveV

@Dan_Cplease enlighten me as to how that is helpful. There is No mention of the XZ premium on ANY of the android software updates blogs also that blog is not the current blog even at the time of your comment.

Online Community Manager
Online Community Manager

@SteveV, fair point. I may of mistakenly linked an older blog but I still felt that it would be handy to know where you can actually source some information on upcoming Android software and security patches (for your self and other customers lurking the forums.) You'd left a comment on a review blog authored by one of our customers. I thought you were inferring that such a blog doesn't exist and that it wasn't something we made our customers aware of. Our most recent update → advises that the upgrade is in progress and due in mid-November. We are in the late stages of beta testing. It looks like our community manager jumped in and updated the page for us. 

Crowd Champion MiCCAS
Crowd Champion

Wow - great review, coupled with some fantastic photos Smiley Happy

RetiredModerator LucyS

Thanks @MiCCAS, the camera is especially good on this one. What phone are you currently using?