- Analysis by Christelle Nina
Sony brings Bravia technology to the Xperia XZ Premium's 4K HDR screen (that's 3840 x 2160 pixels for the uninitiated). This amount of resolution on a 5.5-inch is staggeringly-high (or as some may say, over-the-top), but this smartphone's no-holds-barred approach to its display is further manifested through other enhancements like TRILUMINOS and X-Reality for mobile . It ultimately sports a display fineness of 801.67DPI , which is 50 percent more dense than what's offered by 2016 premium-tiers like the Google Pixel XL and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
All these bells and whistles on its screen sound very exciting, but one can argue that its main selling point is actually its cameras. Sporting a 19-megapixel Motion Eye shooter at the back (which is interestingly lower in resolution compared to the older Xperia flagship, Z5), the XZ Premium boasts of Super slow motion video-recording at a whopping 960fps in Full HD . Like the Xperia XZs, its MWC 2017 contemporary, it also boasts predictive capture and a SteadyShot Intelligent Active Mode , Sony's fancy term for five-axis stabilization. Up front, a 13-megapixel selfie camera holds reign. While this amount of raw megapixels isn't downright bad -- especially considering that the front-facing shooter is also equipped with five-axis stabilization -- it pales in comparison in terms of raw megapixels to some lower-tier models (like the Xperia XA1 Ultra, for instance).
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Aesthetically, the XZ Premium also has its pros and cons. Getting the signature Xperia design (which may be a hit or a miss, depending on the person) out of the way, the looped-all-around Gorilla Glass 5 finish certainly sets this device apart from other flagships. However, it is on the heavier side, packing in 6.8 ounces of weight . Like most of its predecessors, it's dust-proof and IP65/68 water-resistant .
Closing in on the multimedia loop is the XZ Premium's audio. Speckled with sound-enhancing features like ClearAudio+, S-Force Front Surround Sound, and DSEE HX (among others) , Sony arguably left no stones unturned in the design of this device.
These pros and cons reveal much of the XZ Premium's theoretical potential, chiefly by virtue of its promising display, camera, and audio specs. It does bring in a few misses here and there, but at the moment it's hard to see how it won't be one of the strongest contenders in the premium smartphone market.
** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ Premium
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