Back in February at MWC (Mobile World Congress), Sony announced their latest flagship, the Xperia XZ2. We all expected that they would eventually announce a premium version of the smartphone and today we got the announcement. Sony has officially announced the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium.
DISPLAY, DIMENSIONS AND PROCESSOR
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, which is basically a super-powered version of the Xperia XZ2, has a 5.8-inch, 4K ( 2160 x 3840 resolution ) HDR Triluminos display (produces about 30% more color detail than standard displays) and has X-Reality for mobile which can upscale picture quality to nearly 4K resolution.
Sony has not yet joined the bezel-less revolution and will stay with a 16:9 aspect ratio in a world where every other phone has headed to 18:9. The new premium handset will be 158 x 80 x 11.9 mm and weighs 236g. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is found on the front and back of the device.
Just like all high-end smartphones in 2018, the XZ2 will have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (Octa-core: 4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver). In addition, the new device will have an Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB of RAM, and come with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed.
On top of having a more energy efficient mobile processor, the XZ2 Premium will have a 3,540 mAh battery capacity. This is up from the 3,180 mAh battery found on the standard XZ2. With the bigger battery being combined with Stamina Mode, Sony promises a battery that lasts all day. Lastly, the handset supports fast wireless charging.
Sony finally joins the dual-camera party. Unlike the standard XZ2, the premium version will have a Motion-Eye dual-camera configuration that sports a 19-megapixel color sensor with a f/1.8 aperture and a secondary 12-megapixel monochrome (black and white)) sensor with a f/1.6 aperture.
Sony put a strong emphasis in capturing quality photos in ultra-low-light conditions. With their AUBE fusion image signal processor, users will get high quality results. This processor combines image data from both sensors, even with low-light images, and is then processed in real time. In addition, the Xperia XZ2 Premium has ultra-high sensitivity that is normally found only in professional interchangeable lens cameras. ISO performance is capped out at a ridiculous 51,200 for stills and 12,800 for videos.
In addition, the Xperia XZ2 Premium will have a 13-megapixel front-facing snapper that comes equipped with a 22mm wide angle f/2.0 lens. It is capable of taking low-light stills with a max ISO of 3200 and a max ISO of 1600 for videos in low-light.
4K HDR Video Recording - The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium can record video in 4K HDR. This makes it closer to cinema quality with higher contrast, more color, and more detail.
Super Slow Motion - First debuted on the Xperia XZ Premium, the device is also capable of recording slow motion video in 960fps. It can also record slow motion video in Full HD (1080p), besting the Galaxy S9 which records in standard HD (720p).
3D Creator - This feature allows you to take an object (or yourself) and use the camera to scan it, turning it into a 3D avatar. You can even print the high-resolution 3D images it creates for you.
Centralized Fingerprint scanner - Sony has decided to move the fingerprint scanner to a more natural place -- in the center of the phone on the rear.
Water-resistant - The Xperia XZ2 Premium has an IP65/68 certification, making it dust and water-resistant.
Stereo Speakers - Front-facing stereo speakers are on the Xperia XZ2 Premium using S-Force Front Surround technology,.
Smart Stamina - Predicts how long your battery will last and will warn you if it thinks you will run of out battery life by telling you to enable Stamina mode. This mode cuts energy consumption by disabling some device functions.
Bokeh Effect - This is pretty much portrait mode. It keeps the main subject in focus and blurs out the background. This feature will be available via a software update in the third quarter of the year.
Monochrome effect - This camera mode creates the classic black and white image. This feature will also be available via a software update in Q3.
Dynamic Vibration - When watching movies or listening to music, this system allows you to feel the action with your hands. The device vibrates depending on the audio data it analyzes.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICING
Sony has yet to reveal pricing for the premium handset, nor have they given a concrete release date, but did say they expect to release the smartphone sometime this summer. With the standard Xperia XZ2 listed at $800, the premium could be listed anywhere from $900-$1000. It will come with 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 400GB via micro SD card. Lastly, the handset will come in two colors: Chrome Black and Chrome Silver.