Sony unveils its first dual-camera phone: the Xperia XZ2 Premium

With its dual-camera setup, you can take images with bokeh effects and there's also a monochrome effect for both photos and videos.

Let's talk about the display for a second.

For comparison's sake, the Galaxy S9 has to "make do" with a 2960x1440 AMOLED panel, though the S9's bezels are noticeably smaller that those of the XZ2 Premium.

Sony says it designed the cameras to excel in low light.

Sony has not adopted the same approach as Apple, Samsung and OnePlus by adding a secondary telephoto lens. In contrast to most modern phone designs with always-on screens that show you the time and any notifications, Sony's press materials show the phone face down on a desk, because the face is the only flat surface.

Sony XZ2 Premium can reach a maximum ISO of 51,200 when shooting still photographs. Its ultra sensitivity with clean, noise-less images was previously only possible in interchangeable lens cameras - with this new addition to the flagship family Xperia brings this advanced technology to the palm of your hand. The camera is also capable of recording 4K HDR videos and 960fps Super slow motion in HD or full HD.

It will also allow users to shoot using only the monochrome sensor for a "smooth gradation between black and white" in your images. However, the feature would be absent at launch, and only be included during the third-quarter update.

On paper, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium represents a significant upgrade over the plain ol' XZ. There's Sony's first dual camera setup on a smartphone ever with a 19 MP camera (1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor), with f/1.8 aperture. Coming to the ISO, the XZ2 has ISO 12800 for photo and ISO 4000 for video. The XZ2 Premium possesses two of them around back.

The display isn't the only thing with the HDR tag on this phone; the XZ2 Premium joins the standard XZ2 in offering 4K HDR video recording as well.

Pricing information was not disclosed, but it's clear that the phone is obviously not a budget model-the standard XZ2 introduced at MWC is priced at $799 stateside, with the XZ2 Premium likely to command at least $100 more.

The camera appears to be a big focus with the Xperia XZ2 Premium, but it's not the only feature Sony's touting with its new phone. This aforementioned value is certainly a first for a smartphone camera but there are going to be downsides to this.

At launch, the handset will be offered in a choice of Chrome Black and Chrome Silver colour variants. It runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo). That's what the Sony's smartphones are known for. The smartphone will be available starting this summer.

The Xperia ZX2 Premium pairs Qualcomm's latest smartphone SoC with 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of UFS internal storage.

  • Arturo Norris