Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: 4K Display on a Phone

Posted by Emmanuel Olalere

Emmanuel shares his opinions in this detailed Sony Xperia XZ Premium review – all the juicy details about what he loves and hates.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is an Android smartphone with the latest processors as well as cameras. How does it fare in day-to-day use? Keep reading to find out.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Quick Pros And Cons

Before getting into the full review, here are quick pros and cons of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Key Features Cons
Solid 4K display Fingerprint magnet
Really good battery life Somewhat outdated design
Good camera with amazing stabilization Low loudspeaker volume

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Hardware/Design

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a 2017 flagship phone that feels very solid in the hand. Yes, the design language here does not follow the standard industry norm. That norm is about having as little bezels as possible on the front. Weirdly enough, I really love the design employed here.

Something interesting though is that the fingerprint scanner is integrated into the power button. The power button resides on the side, which to me is the best position for it.

Something I also love about the XZ Premium is the dedicated camera button. Long press on the button and it launches the camera. In the camera app, it acts as a two stage focus/shutter button, which is nice.

As ports go, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has USB Type C for charging and data connections.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Software

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium runs Android 7.1.1 on top of Sony’s minimal UI. The custom UI employed here is one of the lightest I’ve come across. Apart from a few apps such as Amazon, Kindle and Sony’s Playstation app – there is not much in the way of bloatware here. Also in the time that I’ve used the device, I’ve gotten about 4 software updates.

Sony promises that Android 8 Oreo will get to the XZ Premium before the end of the year.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Network, Telephony

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium features the usual array of radios. From Wifi to 4G LTE and even NFC, it is feature packed. Data speeds were pretty decent with rarely any hiccups encountered.

Using the XZ Premium for phone calls was seamless. While it is not necessarily the loudest of phones, I heard and was heard properly when making phone calls.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Display and Multimedia

The standout feature of the XZ Premium is the display. The 5.5 inch display has a 4K HDR screen. Consuming content was very satisfying with nice vivid colours. Unlike the display from Samsung for example, colour accuracy was on point on the XZ Premium.

With support for apps such as YouTube and Netflix, the XZ Premium supports HDR in 4K. HDR, which stands for for high dynamic range, expands what the dynamic range of the display is. Even when watching in full HD, the display on the XZ Premium has to be one of the best I’ve ever used.

The XZ Premium has dual front facing speakers. While it is definitely better than bottom firing speakers, the output was low and in public rarely produced enough oomph. This is a pity because were they louder, they would have made media consumption more immersive on the XZ Premium.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Photography

Equipped with a 19MP camera on the back, the XZ Premium is no slouch when it comes to photography. On the front end, it packs a 13MP selfie camera with an F2.0 aperture. As stated earlier, something I love is the dedicated camera button.

Camera performance on the XZ Premium is top notch with good dynamic range. Something I noticed though is that it is not the best in low light performance.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s camera is capable of recording in 960fps, albeit in 720p/HD resolution. While it was fun the first time I tried it, I never really used this feature very much.

Click on the picture below to checkout images taken with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Want to check out more of the XZ Premium’s camera performance? Check out the video test I carried out below.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Multitasking/Performance

Being a premium flagship, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a performance champ. Opening apps was fast and quick, switching between apps even quicker. Rarely if ever did I notice any lags whatsoever.

This should not be a surprise though. The Xperia XZ Premium packs in the latest Snapdragon 835 along with 4 GB of RAM, which bolsters it performance. Even after days, apps were still kept in memory with rarely any refreshes when switching apps. Gaming performance on the XZ Premium is top notch even with the most intensive of games.

In term of benchmarks, the XZ Premium scores are as follows:

  • AnTuTu: 139,298
  • Geekbench 4: 1914 Single-Core / 5960 Multi-Core

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Battery life

Equipped with a 3230mAH battery, the XZ Premium has fantastic battery life. My typical usage includes using the camera, lots of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Snapchat. I must say that before using the phone I had fears for the battery.

With the 4k display as well as flagship performance, I did not have much hopes for the battery life. Colour me surprised when I was getting about 6 hours of screen on time without fail. In real life, this equated to about 1 full day plus some more on average.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: Final Words

4K HDR display -check.
Latest Snapdragon 835 processor – check.
Amazing battery life – check.

To me, majority of what I care about is covered in the Xperia XZ Premium from Sony. Sure, lowlight camera performance may not be up to what its Samsung or HTC counterparts deliver, but, and this is a big but – I don’t mind! Yes, I admit the design is not the most cutring edge, but I don’t care either.

It feels very solid in the hand and has great battery life to match it’s awesome performance – what else is there to complain about?

Want to watch the me review the XZ Premium? Check out the video below

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  1. 4K on fleet! But seriously, I still wonder why Sony Xperia phones aren’t quite as popular in Nigeria as I would’ve loved them to be. I once used the C4 and my sister was so much in love with the result of pictures taken with the phone that she “obtained” it from me leaving me with no choice, but to hunt for a replacement.

  2. Sony xperia phones are good but they are sometimes not within the reach of average Nigerians and also they have poor batteries except for few latest ones.

  3. All Sony xperia devices are just too good, talking about the premium quality and the display, I rate this brand 100%. This brand is rear to find in Nigeria, even if you come across one, it will surely cost you alot. Sony are into producing high end rang smartphone, that is of course for the rich ones, lol.

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