Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, by Sony

- Analysis by KJ David

Obviously designed to be a step-up version of the Xperia XZ2, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is a heavyweight both in terms of technical pros and cons and in the literal sense -- it weighs a cumbersome 236 grams , while the average smartphone only weighed around 150g as of this Phonerated review. Note, however, that even though it brushes elbows with some of the most-advanced smartphones around, we still caught some flaws on its specs list.

For starters, its 64GB-only inbuilt UFS memory is not very flagship-esque, knowing that most other 2018 smartphones with its kind of pros pack at least 128GB on that front, though Sony does equip it with a microSD card slot for up to 400GB of storage expansion. Additionally, its 3540mAh battery capacity sounds so-so in comparison to the 4000-4500mAh power caps boasted by a few of its rivals. The XZ2 Premium's raw power cap is not that big of a con, though, seeing that it throws together some signature battery technologies from Sony , including STAMINA Mode, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, and support for Qi-standard wireless charging.

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This Premium big brother of the XZ2 is one of the first 4K-display smartphones on the market , strutting around the high-end category with a 5.8-inch 3840 x 2160 HDR display offering Sony's X-Reality engine and TRILUMINOS architecture, with a Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass shielding it from everyday bumps and scratches. Needless to say, its 4K definition translates to a staggering (as of its debut) 760ppi pixel density score that easily passes our 500ppi VR threshold -- discover the best phones for VR here.

The XZ2 Premium flexes some premium-class muscles in terms of imaging as well, listing a Motion Eye dual camera among its pros and cons. Its dual-lens system is composed of a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera and a 12-megapixel black-and-white deputy cam, both equipped with Exmor RS mobile image sensors. Its imaging perks include a 960fps Super Slow-motion Video mode , 4K-HDR video-recording , and predictive hybrid autofocus. Its 13-megapixel SteadyShot-infused front cam is a nice upgrade over the plain XZ2's 5-megapixel selfie cam as well.

AS for hardware, the XZ2 Premium uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 octa-core 64-bit engine running at 2.8GHz , which was the go-to processing chip for flagship smartphones when it came out, consequently making it one of the fastest smartphones of its time. It is accompanied by 6GB's worth of RAM , which any tech junkie would take any day over the XZ2's 4GB-only RAM count.

Topped off by an IP68/65 (depending on the variant) water-resistant shell that's either coated in Chrome Silver or Chrome Black, the Xperia XZ2 Premium caters to upscale smartphone shoppers looking for a highly-competitive multimedia smartphone powered by an equally-aggressive processor.

** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ2 Premium

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