12 April 2018
At the MWC 2018, Sony took the stage to showcase their flagship smartphones XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The Japanese giant is back once again with a new flagship smartphone Xperia XZ2 Premium. The device features an Ambient flow design which Sony introduced a couple of months ago with the XZ2 series. The XZ2 Premium though retains somewhat similar design but it brings improvements in camera, display and battery section. As far as release is a concern the device will be released later in summer and the exact price tag is still in dark.
The XZ2 Premium is featuring a 5.8-inches IPS LCD display with 4K screen resolution. The display screen resolution is 2160 x 3840 pixels with a pixels density of 760 pixels-per-inch. The display screen-to-body ratio is 73.36%. The device supports HDR video and also the new vibration system which Sony introduced with the XZ2. It gives haptic feedback while watching videos and playing games.
Sony claims the XZ2 Premium main upgrade is in the camera section. Finally, after a long wait, the company entered the dual rear cameras arena with the XZ2 Premium. Sony followed the Huawei's pattern of bringing a monochrome and RGB lens. It seems like Sony isn't impressed with the telephoto or zoom lens of the Samsung's and Apple's premium devices.
The key aspect of dual rear cameras is ISO Performance which outclasses everyone in the market. According to Sony the XZ2 Premium maximum ISO while capturing still photos is 51,200 whereas while capturing videos the device can go up to 12,800. Usually, if you capture at such whopping ISO, the results are grainy but that's not the case here. Sony and Qualcomm's jointly produce “AUBE fusion image signal processor” combines the results of dual cameras which not only reduces the noise but also the results are well optimized for low-light scenarios.
Like every dual camera setup, the XZ2 Premium provides Bokeh effect which allows the user to capture subject only by defocusing the other part. If you want to capture black and white shots, you can use monochrome sensor separately as well. However, this feature won't be shipped straight out of the box instead the company will roll out these features via a software update in Q3 2018. The devices retain the capability of recording Full HD slow-motion videos at 960 frames per second. The front-facing selfie camera is a 13MP module which an upgrade over the 5MP sensor of XZ2.
The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. The native storage is further expandable up to 400GB using MicroSD card. The Adreno 630 is on board as GPU. Under the hood, a slightly larger 3,540mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0. It's an IP68 certified device which means it can resist 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The XZ2 Premium will be available in black and silver colors only.
In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Sony's latest flagship XZ2 in the comments section below. Stay tuned.
|Specs||Xperia XZ2 Premium|
|Screen resolution||2160 x 2840 pixels|
|Storage||64GB Expandable via MicroSD|
|OS||Android Oreo 8.0|