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Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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
Operating system
2.45 GHz
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
19+ MP, f/2
19+ MP, f/2
3230 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

With the heating issues that plagued its predecessors out of the way, Sony's newest flagship is a legitimate competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is just as powerful, has an excellent display, is waterproof, has decent battery life, and offers a very good se...

- Roydon Cerejo, Gadgets 360

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

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

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

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

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Common Questions

Sony backs up the Xperia XZ Premium with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Xperia XZ Premium has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

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

2.45 GHz

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


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

19+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 19+ MP, f/2 camera.

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

64 GB

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


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

Release Date June 12, 2017
Regions Available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
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
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.44 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
19+ Megapixels, f/2
8x digital
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 / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
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
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
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 (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1480 minutes
Standby Time Up to 26.7 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
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
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Sony G8141

Also available in dual-SIM variant.

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