Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives to take on Samsung Galaxy S9

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has shown off the Xperia XZ2 Premium, a souped-up version of its two-month-old flagship.

Sony says the new cameras are better in ultra low light, which is a feature that Sony has always been keen to promote on its phones. Add to it Sony's insane 960-frames-per-second slow-motion mode, that much like it is in the case of the Xperia XZ2, can record at 1080p.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium then gets a second rear camera.

In terms of design, the Xperia XZ2 Premium mimics the design first seen on Xperia XZ2 duo launched in February. That means 4K HDR video recording (still a relative novelty), 960FPS slow-motion video capture at 1080p, stereo speakers and a Dynamic Vibration System that promises more than the usual buzzes from haptic feedback.

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.

It is also worth pointing out that the Xperia XZ2 Premium is quite heavy at 236 grams. The Xperia XZ2 Premium is a comprehensive upgrade to the Xperia XZ2 in nearly all the departments.

Sony has also pimped the screen of the XZ2 Premium, giving it a 5.8-inch 4K HDR panel that should comfortably trump the 5.7-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixel) HDR display found on the base XZ2, so those photos should look extra rich on your device. However, Sony's packing in 6GB of RAM to give the Premium model even more of a performance boost.

On the front, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium bears a 13-megapixel camera with a 22mm wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, and a 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor. The only difference is that there is now a dual camera setup on the back, something we missed on Xperia XZ2. It is backed by a 3,540mAh non-removable battery and also supports QuickCharge 3.0 and Qi wireless charging.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is available now with a SIM free price of £699, but a range of deals and offers are available.

There's been no word on what the Xperia XZ2 Premium might cost.

No word on exact availability and pricing but it will roll out Summer 2018 worldwide.

Starting off with the design, Sony has tried to keep the design similar to the Xperia XZ2 that launched this year at MWC. 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. The XZ2 Premium is a bigger play in this direction with the dual camera system - but it does beg the question - why not put this in the Xperia XZ2 - and leave the 4K display out of the equation?

"The dual rear cameras come with a combination 19-megapixel RGB 1/ 2.3" Exmor RS memory-stacked sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.22-micron pixel size along with a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor f/1.6 aperture and 1.55-micron pixel size.