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
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:
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.
Big display packed with pixels
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.