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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Launched at MWC 2017: 5 Things to Know

The Mobile World Congress 2017[1] is overseeing a lot of unveilings from major brands — something the event is popular for — and Sony has now unveiled their Xperia XZ Premium[2] flagship device with innovative camera tech.

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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.

Display and Design

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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.

Slow-Mo Camera

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.

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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.

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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.

References

  1. ^ Mobile World Congress 2017 (www.guidingtech.com)
  2. ^ Xperia XZ Premium (www.sonymobile.com)
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Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

Sony Mobile has a tendency to launch a new smartphone every six months and it seems it has no intention of slowing down with four more announced at MWC 2017.

No sooner has the Xperia XZ[1] arrived on shelves, than the next Sony[2] flagship, or flagships, have been revealed. We aren’t talking about the Xperia XZs though, even if it too launched at MWC and technically succeeds the XZ and therefore Z5. No, no, here we’re talking about Sony’s super flagship: the Xperia XZ Premium. This is everything you need to know.  

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Design

  • OmniBalance design remains but more refined
  • Metal build with 2.5D glass front and rear
  • USB Type-C and fingerprint sensor both on board

Sony’s design pattern hasn’t changed as much over recent years as its naming convention has so it’s no surprise the Xperia XZ Premium comes with the same OmniBalance, flat-slab finish as the Xperia devices that have gone before it.

The Xperia X range saw the move from tempered glass rears to all metal, with most models retaining waterproofing, as the new device also does with an IP68 rating. The XZ Premium changes things up a little elsewhere though. It retains the metal frame, but it adds 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass to the front and the rear, resulting in a much more seamless and refined look compared to the Xperia XZ and XZs.

The Xperia XZ Premium comes in two glossy finishes: Deepsea Black and Luminous Chrome, both of which are mirrored finish and fabulous. Those large top and bottom bezels are still hanging around, which is a shame, but the edges of the XZ Premium are more rounded, and slimmer at just 7.9mm, allowing the design to flow into the rear and front better. The rest of the footprint sits at 156 x 77mm and it weighs 195g.

An oblong side power button with built-in fingerprint sensor is present, as Sony fans would now expect, and the Xperia XZ Premium also offers USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Display

  • 5.5-inch display
  • 4K resolution, 806ppi
  • HDR on board

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K 3840 x 2160 display, meaning a resolution of 806ppi, like the Z5 Premium. The new super flagship adds HDR to the party though, like LG has done on its new G6 flagship, and like Samsung did on its Note 7.

Sony has partnered up with Amazon Prime Video in order to deliver 4K HDR content to users, enabling them to take full advantage of the display’s potential. The addition of HDR is said to improve brightness, clarity and contrast and “create levels of realism”.

In addition to the 4K resolution and HDR, Sony also offers its Triluminos and X-Reality technologies, along with something called Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. The screen itself is LCD, so not AMOLED like many of its competitors, though LCD does tend to offer more realistic colours, even if not as vibrant.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Camera

  • World first memory-stacked camera
  • 19MP resolution, 960fps super slow motion video 
  • 13MP front camera 

The camera has always been one of Sony’s main focuses when it comes to its smartphones, which isn’t surprising since the company not only makes its own professional cameras but supplies other smartphone manufacturers with camera lenses too. For the Xperia XZ Premium, and the XZs for that matter, Sony has attempted to combine technology from its Alpha and Cyber-shot cameras in the new Motion Eye system.

The new system has a memory stacked Exmor RS sensor for up to five times faster image scanning and data transfer. It offers a 19-megapixel resolution, which although is a couple less than previous flagship Xperias, Sony has said the pixels at 19 per cent larger at 1.22µm in order to capture more light. The Motion Eye camera has several features on board, including Predictive Capture, Anti-Distortion Shutter, and super slow motion video recording at 960fps.

The G lens has also been redesigned for the new camera, offering better optical clarity. The Xperia XZ Premium also features a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and a 22mm wide-angle lens.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Hardware

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage
  • 3230mAh battery, Qnovo Adaptive Charging
  • High-res audio

Sony is one of Qualcomm’s most loyal fans, with almost all of its Xperia flagships featuring the latest and greatest Snapdragon chip at their time of launch. In this case it’s the new Snapdragon 835, which the Samsung Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to be coming with.

Supporting the new chip is 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with microSD for storage expansion, and a 3230mAh battery. The battery is charged via USB Type-C as we mentioned previously and it features Qnovo Adaptive Charging, supports Quick Charge 3.0, while also featuring Sony battery management software including Battery Care and Smart Stamina.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium also comes with support for high-resolution audio and built-in digital noise cancellation. It also has Sony’s native DSEE HX technology, which upscales tracks to near high-resolution quality. 

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Software

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium will launch with Android Nougat from the box, coupled with Sony’s software. This means it will feature all the usual Sony additions on top of Android, as well as the likes of PS4 Remote Play and as we mentioned, Sony’s battery software.

The battery software side of things means the Xperia XZ Premium learns how you use your phone and adapt and make recommendations to give you a better experience. Smart Stamina uses the Xperia learning engine to estimate how long your current battery will last based on your normal usage, adapting as necessary.

The device also offers Xperia Tips and a new feature called Xperia Actions that provide advice about the features you’re using and suggest map downloads based on your location. 

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Release date and price

  • XZ Premium will be available from late April
  • No price has been announced as yet

Sony has said the Xperia XZ Premium will be available from late-April, though the company has yet to announce its price tag. We will keep you posted when we find out more.

References

  1. ^ Xperia XZ (www.pocket-lint.com)
  2. ^ Sony (www.pocket-lint.com)

Sony Rolls Out Xperia X Concept Build With Battery Saver Mode

Sony Mobile has started rolling out an experimental update to Sony Xperia X smartphones, introducing a Battery Saver feature and camera app shortcuts. The update carries the build number 38.3.A.0.83 and some of its features resemble the old STAMINA mode.

The new Battery Saver from Sony brings back some features from the old STAMINA mode, similar to Android’s Doze feature, according to XperiaBlog[1]. Back in the day, before Android brought Doze mode in Marshmallow, Sony users had their own battery saving feature called STAMINA mode.

The mode helped reduce power consumption without slowing down the phone or having a negative impact on performance. However, Sony removed the STAMINA mode when Xperia smartphones received updates to Marshmallow, in order to give way for Android’s Doze mode with similar features.

New quick settings and shortcuts for the camera

The Sony Battery Saver feature allows users to enable the mode when the battery drops below a certain level, users can choose any level below 50%. It comes with the option to automatically turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, auto-sync and adjust the screen’s brightness level and timeout. The feature can be enabled from the Settings menu, Battery and then Battery Saver.

Battery Saver mode

Battery Saver mode

Sony also brought new features for the camera on Xperia X phones, including quick settings and camera app shortcuts. The new shortcut allows users to record videos or snap selfies with the push of a button in the Quick Settings menu or the tap-and-hold menu in the launcher. Sony also expanded VoLTE support for Spain (Vodafone) and UK (EE/Three) users.

Recently, Sony[2] halted Android 7.0 Nougat rollout to all Xperia devices after encountering some unforeseen issues related to audio playback via third-party apps and SD card encrypted data read performance. Sony decided to stop the rollout of the 7.0 Nougat update until the issues are resolved, so users wouldn’t be affected.

References

  1. ^ XperiaBlog (www.xperiablog.net)
  2. ^ Sony (news.softpedia.com)

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