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8.2/10
Informr score
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Great Performance
  • Plenty of Storage Space
  • microSD Support
  • 960 FPS Video Recording
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • All-Day Battery Life
  • IP68 Rating

What's bad

  • Cluttered Camera Interface
  • Duplicate Apps
  • Bulky Design
  • Fingerprint Magnet

Touting an impressive spec sheet, the latest flagship offering from Sony’s Xperia series hopes to cement them a place at the top of the charts. From the super slow motion video recording to the 4K display, the phone seems to offer something for anyone to enjoy.

With the reviews rolling in, it’s time to see if the spec list translates to a good value in real life! We’ve dug through what reviewers are saying to bring you this summary.

Sporting glass front and rear panels, metal tops and bottoms, and plastic sides, the materials used in the Xperia XZ Premium sound disjointed. However, reviewers had no complaints about build quality or grip. Sony even landed IP68 dust and water resistance.

Some reviewers noted that the large bezels on the 5.5-inch display made for a large phone. So one-handed users might have trouble. Reviews also mentioned issues with fingerprints and smudges.

Around front, reviewers raved about the 5.5-inch 4K IPS display. Pocket Lint noted, “The XZ Premium's IPS LCD panel is lovely to look at, delivering rich and vibrant colours, deep blacks and white whites.” TechRadar was also pleased, saying, “You won’t find a sharper screen on another smartphone.”

A 4K display requires plenty of processing power to run smoothly. Sony appears to have hit the mark with the 2.45Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM. Reviews were solid. TechRadar praised the phone’s performance, saying, “With a heap of power under the hood, dual front-facing speakers, a 4K HDR display and high-resolution audio support, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a serious multimedia machine.”

We found no mention of stuttering or delays. But, many noted that the phone gets warm under heavy use. Pocket-Lint had the worst experience, noting, “We were on holiday and, even when hiding the device under a towel, experienced device overheating issues twice.”

The phone includes 64GB of internal storage for your apps, games and media. However, you can expand it up to 256GB using a microSD card as needed. The phone ships with Android 7.1 Nougat so you’ll enjoy an up-to-date Android experience out of the box.

Reviewers were happy with Sony’s interface choices. But many noted a handful of duplicated apps. Fortunately, you can disable these if you’d prefer.

One of the most touted features of the phone is its rear camera. While the 19MP camera might seem ordinary on paper, it’s capable of capturing video at 960 frames per second. Reviewers loved this feature though some noted that getting the timing right was difficult.

For day-to-day picture taking, reviewers had no complaints. Phone Arena summed up general opinions well, saying, “The shooter is quite impressive when it comes to medium and good lighting conditions. It takes pleasing photos with plenty of detail.”

If you’re a fan of selfies or video chat, the 13MP front-facing shooter is up to the task. However, many reviewers noted that you should disable the skin softening feature.

Powering all of this, you’ll find a 3230mAh battery with USB-C charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support. Reviewers were quick to note you will need to charge the phone daily. Despite this, no one had issues making it a full day on a single charge.

Overall, reviewers liked the phone. While some questioned the bulky design, they all agreed that it offers great performance and value. Recombu summed up overall opinions on the Xperia XZ Premium well saying, “If you’re already a Sony fan looking for a new high-end blower then there’s no real way in which the XZ Premium can disappoint and if not, Sony has ensured that there are countless reasons why the XZ Premium is the phone to go for.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
19+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has everything you want when paying top dollar for a phone, with its 4K display and slow motion camera two standout party pieces. It will please Sony fans around the world.

- John McCann, TechRadar
DxOMark

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium features a capable smartphone camera that gets the job done — especially in good light — but which doesn’t rise to the heights of the top phones from other manufacturers. In particular, it is sensitive to harsh lighting conditions outdoors, and finick...

- David Cardinal, DxOMark
LaptopMedia

This time Sony has chosen their flagship to be with a glass and not metal back, and it really looks stylish but the fingerprints on this big 5.46-inch body stop us from giving full credit as far as design is concerned. On the other hand, you will be presented with incredibly detailed display and one...

- LaptopMedia Team, LaptopMedia
Gearburn

The Xperia XZ Premium is worth putting on your wishlist thanks to its sheer power and a fantastic camera experience that approaches (but doesn’t quite surpass) Samsung and Apple’s best. The slow-mo is an amazing innovation when you get it right, but hold off for the successor if this is...

- Hadlee Simons, Gearburn
The Verge

With its fancy mirror finish, eyebrow-raising price, and proud Sony pedigree, the Xperia XZ Premium flatters to deceive. On paper, it’s a behemoth, but in practice, it’s too much like the rest of the mainstream Android flagship pack. That’s been Sony’s problem almost since th...

- Vlad Savov, The Verge


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium's screen size is 5.5 inches with 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
19+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3230mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3230 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1480 minutes, 604 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia XZ Premium Specs

Overview
Release date June 12, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.45 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.44 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3230 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 680 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 604 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1480 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 26.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Deepsea Black, Luminous Chrome, Bronze Pink, Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 195 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels
Pixel density 801 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
19+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, HDR, Slow motion recording, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, AVI, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, ASF, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (PS4 Remote Play, Kobo Reader, AVG Protection, Facebook, Amazon Shopping)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony G8141

Also available in dual-SIM variant.

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