The Mobile World Congress 2017 is overseeing a lot of unveilings from major brands — something the event is popular for — and Sony has now announced their Xperia XZ Premium flagship device with innovative camera tech.
After having a slow 2016, the Tokyo-based smartphone manufacturer has released its new flagship which boasts of a lot of firsts for the smartphone world — including the ability to shoot videos in slow-motion.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a 4K resolution display — a first in mobile tech.
“A year on from unveiling our new brand direction and vision for the future of communications, not only are we announcing Xperia XZ Premium, equipped with the most advanced technologies to enhance the essential feature on smartphones, we’re creating whole new interactive communication experiences with our Xperia Smart Products,” said Hiroki Totoki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications.
The device isn’t being commercially launched in March, rather people will have to wait till summers to get their hands on Sony’s latest flagship.
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Display and Design
The device houses a 5.5-inch 4K display with Gorilla Glass 5, making the device the first to boast of such a screen resolution in a smartphone. Both the front and back panels of the Xperia XZ Premium have a glass finish, with top and bottom panels been given a metallic finish.
The device was showcased in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black colours — both of which have a glossy base, leaving fingerprint marks everytime you touch it as well as is prone to smudging.
The Xperia XZ Premium sports a 19MP camera with Motion Eye camera system, which lets users shoot images at a 5x faster speed. The device also gets a 13MP front camera. Both the cameras can shoot videos in 4K.
The triple-sensor system of the camera — including laser autofocus, RGBC infrared sensor and ExmorRs image sensor — has been updated to include ‘fast memory’ in the camera, allowing the camera to be ready to capture as soon as it detects motion in the frame.
The Motion Eye also allows for 720p videos to be shot in 960 FPS — an industry first. The tech also helps in capturing images instantly without any buffer-lag in between pressing the shutter and capture of the image.
Qualcomm’s Latest Snapdragon
While many smartphone manufacturers are battling it out to get their devices powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 offering, Sony has already sourced the chipset for their Xperia XZ Premium device.
The device will be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 GPU, but don’t expect the flagship to grace retail stores before summers.
Battery Falls Short
The Xperia XZ Premium is backed by a 3230mAh battery unit, which certainly isn’t enough for a device as big and with a grand 4K resolution display. The charging port is a USB Type-C.
Storage, Memory and Waterproof Design
The device receives 4GB RAM with 64GB of built-in storage which can be expanded to 256GB via a microSD card.
In addition to the aforementioned, the device is water resistant with an IP68 certification and the fingerprint sensor is embedded in the power button located on the side panel.
Apart from their flagship device, Sony has also launched lower-variants for its X series — Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra.
Sony has also unveiled a projector called Xperia Touch, which can turn a plain surface into a 23-inch flatscreen — like a table — and it’s completely responsive to physical touch.
The company has also launched a concept earphones called Xperia Ear which do not hinder with your music experience while you’re aware of the ambient noises too.