Nadat Sony introduced its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones in February 2018, which is now also the top model unveiled. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the first mobile phone with a 4K HDR display that can also record 4K HDR videos. Also unique is the light-sensitive double camera, so you can continue to photograph and film in dark light conditions.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone
The Sony XZ2 Premium is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6 GB RAM. In addition, the Qualcomm X20 LTE modem has been used, which enables impressive download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps.
Thanks to the application of a 4K HDR screen and the addition of a 4K HDR video function, users can record razor-sharp and vivid videos and view them directly in stunning quality on the 5.8-inch touchscreen. Moreover, the XZ2 Premium uses Sony Bravia TV technology to convert content to HDR for extra contrast-rich, colorful and clear images.
The modern designed phone has a glass and metal housing that is protected on both sides with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The high-end smartphone has nicely rounded corners and is dust and water resistant according to IP65 / 68 certification. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.
Phone with dual camera
The Xperia XZ2 Premium is the first smartphone model from Sony that is equipped with a Motion Eye Dual Camera. This consists of a black and white sensor, allowing contrasts and colors to be recorded extra accurately. The dual camera has an enormous sensitivity range, up to ISO 51,200 for photos and up to ISO 12,800 for videos. For comparison, a smartphone usually does not exceed ISO 3.200.
Is this really going to make a difference in how the photos look like? That is just how the noise suppressor works. According to Sony, you can shoot just as beautiful pictures with the Xperia XZ2 Premium as with a system camera. There is, however, an important difference, the image sensor that is used in a smartphone is many times smaller than that of a system camera.
You can also stay a photographer at night when using high ISO values. However, an additional disadvantage of the use of high ISO is noise (the many grains that can arise in a photograph). Noise is suppressed by software; as a camera manufacturer, Sony knows how to deal with this. The question, however, is how this works out on a smartphone; after all, it remains a very limited sensor.
Noise is also the reason why many smartphone manufacturers prefer to invest in a better lens. Similar results can be achieved with a bright lens (low aperture number, f / 1.6). A bright lens usually has fewer negative side effects than the use of a high ISO. In other words, on paper, the high ISO values are very impressive. However, it remains to be seen how this will turn out in practice. We are certainly very curious about the first test results.
Record videos and selfie camera
Last year, Sony was the first manufacturer with a smartphone that can capture 960 fps super slow motion images. Unlike, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20 Pro, the Xperia XZ2 Premium can capture these images in Full HD resolution (1980 × 1080); the other smartphones do this in HD quality (1280 × 720).
Sony also used a qualitative camera on the front. It is a 13-megapixel selfie camera with a 1 / 3.06-inch low-light sensor for beautifully exposed selfie recordings. In addition, the premium Sony smartphone is capable of capturing beautiful bokeh effects, with an extremely sharp foreground and blurry backgrounds, for a professional look.
Other functions of the Sony XZ2 Premium
With nice videos, you also hear good audio; for this, the XZ2 Premium is equipped with a Dynamic Vibration System. This system analyzes the audio data to create an extra lively sound, regardless of whether the user is watching a movie, playing games or watching videos. In addition, the advanced phone features front-facing stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround.
The new Sony XZ2 Premium is equipped with a 3.440 mAh battery. As usual for an Xperia smartphone, the Smart Stamina mode is built in, as well as Plus Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology. All technologies are aimed at extending the life of the battery.
Price and Availability
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium will be available in the colors Chrome Black and Chrome Silver in the summer of 2018. Sony has not made any statements about the price of a separate device. However, you can assume that you can just buy a smartphone in the Netherlands. Among other things the Dutch telecom providers, where you can also buy the phone in combination with a subscription.