It wasn’t a bit back when Sony announced their latest Xperia XZ2 series that consist of the Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact. While the devices have already been launched on the UAE lately, the company has now announced their 4K smartphone called the Xperia XZ2 Premium. It’s the direct successor of the Xperia XZ Premium that was known for its 4K display. The new device now comes with a new design and is the first flagship from Sony to sport a dual-lens camera on its rear.
Despite the new design, it’s a bit odd that Sony didn’t implement the new bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio that’s found on the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. And here, in this case, the Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with a 5.8-inch HDR display with 4K resolution and the aspect ratio is just 16:9. It was a missed opportunity for Sony to bring in their bezel-less design factor into the mix to take advantage of the beautiful 4K display. That said, the Xperia XZ2 Premium is the first ever Sony high-end smartphone to pack a dual-lens camera on its rear side and features a very high ISO sensitivity of 51200 while taking images and up to 12800 ISO while recording videos. One of the image sensors among the dual-lens setup is unsurprisingly the 19MP Motion Eye sensor that can record slow-motion videos up to 960 fps on both FHD and HD resolutions. The second sensor is meant for black and white images and consist of a 12MP shooter. Among all the smartphone releases, it’s the very first time that Sony has used an aperture that’s lower than F2.0. The 19MP Motion Eye shooter has an aperture of F1.8 and the black/white sensor uses an aperture of F1.6. This is certainly a big jump and can help in taking brighter shots, better low light photography, and bokeh effects.
This move now puts Sony in direct competition with the likes of Samsung and Huawei’s latest flagship smartphones. Videos are also supported by the 5-axis image stabilization to reduce shakes. However, while the sensor is capable of recording 4K HDR videos, it’s not clear yet if the main sensor is capable of recording at 60fps. The front camera, however, is a 13MP shooter with F2.0 aperture. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the rear and keep in mind that this smartphone does not feature a 3.5mm audio jack. So, you will need to depend on the USB Type-C for your music needs. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor and runs on Android Oreo with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone is water resistant (IP65/IP68 certified) and features Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The battery has a capacity of 3450 mAh and supports Qi wireless charging and Quick Charge 3.0.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is said to hit the shelves later in summer and we will let you know once the official local prices are announced by Sony Mobile ME.