For today’s review I will be taking a look at a new android phone from Sony called the Xperia XZ Premium. Because their phones are generally not as widely available in the west, many people might not think of Sony when they think of a smartphone. But these phones are very popular in the east, and it is easy to see why. Sony has a long history of innovative products, so it isn’t surprising that they have produced such a unique device.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a glass surface on both sides, giving the back side a unique translucent sheen that is both classy looking and durable. This is definitely it’s most unique feature. As far as I am aware, only Sony makes smartphones that feature this unique design, and not all of their models have it.
This double screen has its good and its bad aspects. On the one hand, I like the nice smooth feel of it as opposed to a metallic surface, but it also gets smudged up very easily. You might consider using a screen protector to cover the glass surface, if you can find one that will fit.
The screen is 5.5 inches, making it a little larger than average, but because it is so well-balanced I don’t even notice the size increase. I can tell that Sony definitely took the time to balance this phone, in much the same way one would balance a well-made knife or sword. And like a well-balanced blade, it almost seems to carry itself.
Another somewhat unique feature that I really like is the dedicated camera button. The average person does not carry a camera with them everywhere they go. However, everyone carries a phone. So, logic would tell us that the vast majority of pictures taken by the average person are taken with a mobile phone. So why did it take so long for someone to give the camera its own button? I don’t have an answer for that, honestly.
Speaking of the camera, the specs are pretty nice. It can film at speeds of up to 960 FPS, greatly reducing the blur factor. I also like the slow-motion video option that can be used in real time. Why use a video editor for a slow-motion shot when you can just film it that way in the first place?
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is designed around the use of 4K video. Many other phones are either not able to display 4K video, or only to display it when viewing certain content. The Xperia is a giant leap forward in this department, because it gives you 4K video all the time. And yes, you can film movies in 4K with it as well. The large screen and 807 PPI resolution definitely help, too.
I was concerned that the constant use of 4K resolution would result in a shorter battery life, but the on-board battery delivers almost 4 hours of screen time. This is accomplished through the use of a powerful processor combined with a very light operating system. The phone has 4GB of RAM, making its processor power equivalent to that of the average laptop. The operating system is a streamlined version of android that is designed for much more efficient energy use.
The Xperia XZ also comes with a micro SD card slot that doubles as a SIM card tray. This means that you can supplement the 64GB hard drive that the phone comes with if you need some extra storage space.
Audio quality is also quite good. Like most phones, it isn’t all that loud. But for its size, it delivers a nice stereo sound that complements the stellar video quality.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is, in short, a very unique piece of work. While it may have one or two small downsides (like the fear of the back glass being cracked), it also delivers a smooth, fast, high-quality multimedia experience that sets it apart from the competition in a big way.