Sony Xperia XZ Premium and XZs Gets Official

Along with the Premium, billed as Sony's "most ground-breaking smartphone to date", three other phones are also being unveiled today. This means that if Samsung steps up its game, it could beat Sony to the punch and bring its Snapdragon 835-powered Galaxy S8 flagship to market first.

It packs in Sony's Exmoor RS sensor, a first for a smartphone, meaning it can capture super slow motion when recording video, racking up an impressive 960 frames per second. This in turn allows the camera to capture 4K video, and 720p HD video at an astounding 960fps slow-motion (albeit for only 0.18 seconds).

TechRadar news website's early verdict read: "A strong phone from Sony with excellent innovation in the screen".

The mid-range Sony XA1 Ultra comes with a 16-megapixel front snapper with OIS and a flash, targeting it at the selfie-centric user. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a flagship smartphone that comes with many an industry first. Sony is calling its new camera setup as the Motion Eye camera.

The camera whose name references the webcams of Vaio laptops is built around a 19MP sensor (1/2.3”) sitting behind a 25mm (equiv.) f/2.0 lens. Instead of glass on both sides, the XZs has a metal back, which a fair number of people might prefer once seeing all the fingerprints and smudges that instantly dominate the XZ Premium. Chances are, however, the 4K resolution will only kick in with compatible content, pretty much like the Xperia Z5 Premium. The chipset is hooked up to 4GB of RAM and will run Android 7.0, natch. It does include a microSD card slot as well, so you can expand the storage further. It will ship with Android Nougat and features a 19-megapixel main camera, a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2,900mAh battery. The device will be coming in White, Black, Gold, and Pink color options. The Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra are the mid-rangers player from Sony.

In terms of processor, both Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra have an octa-core MediaTek processor and are paired with 3GB and 4GB of RAM respectively. The front camera is a 8MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

Sony may not want to wait till Snapdragon 835 is commercially available, so it might have chose to launch the Xperia XZs in early April with Snapdragon 820. Pricing for the U.S. won't be announced until then but, given this is a premium (no pun intended) Sony smartphone, expect it to cost quite a lot. The delay might be due to the shortage of availability of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC in the market.

  • Arturo Norris