Sony Xperia XZ Premium available in UK from June

Thomas Wellburn
April 24, 2017

Sony has announced that the latest iteration of the Xperia flagship series, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, will be available in the UK from June.

The handset was unveiled at MWC this year, though Sony refused to comment on a release date in the UK. The handset is a more powerful version of the standard Xperia XZ and trumps most other devices currently available when it comes to raw specs. Shipping with a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM, it’s the first handset in the world to utilise a 4K HDR screen. The latter means you’ll be able to enjoy much higher contrast ratios while viewing media content on screen, which should make Netflix shows even more appealing to watch on the move.

Design is fairly similar to Sony handsets of past, with a square candy-bar shape that has noticeable bezels top and bottom. Edges on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium have been smoothed out for a cleaner appearance but it still ships in glass finish, which should be renamed ‘fingerprint finish’. Despite this, it’s still a very attractive design. Connectivity is provided via a USB-C port on the bottom, though a headphone jack is still there for all you audiophiles. In traditional Xperia fashion, the fingerprint sensor remains on the side of the handset.

Super Slow Motion

It’s also the first Sony handset to debut the company’s new ‘MotionEye Camera’, which comprises a 19 megapixel 1/2.3 sensor. Sony says this sensor is 19% bigger than its predecessor and has just 0.2 seconds of latency when capturing action shots. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the new sensor is its ability to capture super slow motion video up to 960FPS, which is more than double that of other devices such as the Apple iPhone 7. Due to the limitations of memory technology, you’ll only be able to capture two second bursts which is a little annoying, but we still have to commend the camera technology on display here.

Sony has not given an exact release date for the Xperia XZ Premium. The company has said it will go on sale at the end of June. It will be available in three colours at launch, Black, Chrome and Bronze Pink. The latter is a newly announced colour which definitely helps the device stand out against the Apples and Samsungs of the World. Cost is yet to be confirmed but with all this tech on board, it won’y be cheap. Sony has always priced their handsets quite expensive anyway, so we estimate £699 to £750 at the minimum.

Via Mobile News

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