We got the two new Sony phones in February 8211; the Sony Xperia XZ2 and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact. But we8217;ve also been expecting a third device 8211; now revealed as the Sony XZ2 Premium.
It8217;s essentially a beefed-up XZ2 with what should be a superb dual-camera setup plus a 4K HDR display.
We wondered if it might be called the Sony Xperia XZ Pro but that rumour proved false.
The headline features for the XZ2 Premium are an ultra-high ISO 12800 sensitivity dual camera, 4K HDR recording, 16:9 4K HDR display powered by Sony8217;s from-TV X-Reality for mobile tech and Qi wireless charging.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium price and release date
Sony has announced that the XZ2 Premium will be priced at $999.99 in the US, which converts to around £762. If and when the XZ2 Premium eventually arrives in the UK, that price may be rounded up to £800 given that the existing XZ Premium is £650 from Sony itself and the XZ2 is £699.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium design and dimensions
The 8220;fluid design8221; feel of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact is extended to the XZ2 Premium, with what Sony calls a 8220;3D Glass8221; surface surrounding the fully metal and glass handset which also boasts Corning Gorilla Glass 5 8211; the latest and strongest yet.
The phone is 158 x 80 x 11.9mm at its thickest point and 6.4mm thick at the edges. The handset weighs 236g, quite a bit heavier than the (smaller) XZ2 at 198g.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium display
Sony reckons the 5.8-inch 4K HDR display is 30 percent brighter than the previous 4K HDR display on last year8217;s XZ Premium. No, it8217;s not OLED.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium cameras
According to Sony, the phone offers the 8220;world’s highest ISO sensitivity video recording in a smartphone8221;, an incredible 12,800 for video and 51,200 for photos. There8217;s 960fps super slow-mo and Steady Shot stablisation, too.
The front camera is a 13 megapixel unit with a 1/3.06-inch sensor and Steady Shot stabilisation.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium specs
Like many of this year8217;s flagship handsets, the phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform and there8217;s 6GB of memory, too in addition to 64GB of storage. Naturally, you can add a microSD card into the mix as well.
The battery is larger than the standard XZ2 8211; 3540mAh rather than 3180mAh. As you8217;d expect Quick Charging is supported over USB-C and there8217;s Sony Mobile8217;s Stamina mode for longevity, too. Like the standard XZ2, there8217;s also Qi wireless charging support.
Apparently, the speakers are also the 8220;loudest Xperia speakers ever8221;, beefed up by Sony8217;s S-Force surround sound tech. There8217;s also support for aptX HD Bluetooth audio and you get a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter in the box. No, there8217;s no headphone jack.
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Now that Mobile World Congress is out of the way, we8217;d expect that Sony will launch the XZ Pro at IFA 2018 in early September. Sony usually has a big presence at that show, and last year dropped the Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and the XA1 Plus.
With Sony8217;s naming convention changing drastically in the last few years, it8217;s difficult to pick apart exactly where its smartphone naming might go next.
It wasn8217;t until August 2017 that the aforementioned Xperia XZ1 appeared, sitting in Sony8217;s conventional flagship space, with a Full HD display and again offering Flagship specs.
Sony Xperia XZ Pro Design
It has changed incrementally over the years, but on the whole, Xperia brand design has been fairly consistent with the occasional change to devices like the Sony Xperia XA with its really slim bezels.
With the XZ2, a curve from the display front around to the rear; that rear is curved to fit into your hand, rather than being a slab of a device that bridges your palm. We8217;d expect that the XZ Pro would have even smaller bezels than the XZ2.
Sony Xperia XZ Pro specs
As well as the XZ2 and Compact at Mobile World Congress 2018, Sony Mobile also showed a new dual camera system on its booth at the show. Now we don8217;t know what handset this will come to, but it stands to reason it8217;s got to come to a handset soon and we believe that will be the XZ Pro.
Unfortunately, the demo didn8217;t have any specs, but we saw it was a clear step up from the existing single camera, especially for extreme low light performance; it can offer video capture up to ISO 12,800 and for still photos ISO 52,100.