Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Sony's new phone wants to wow you with its camera

Sony's new phone wants to wow you with its camera

After launching the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact smartphones at the MWC 2018, Sony now unveiled the Xperia XZ2 Premium smartphone. The only difference is that there is now a dual camera setup on the back, something we missed on Xperia XZ2. Sony's audio expertise also enables sound enhancing technologies for Xperia, such Hi-res Audio, DSHEE HX, and LDAC.

With a 5.8-inch 4K (2160 x 3840) HDR screen - up from the XZ2's 5.7in Full HD+ one - the XZ2 Premium is the first smartphone that can both record and display video in 4K and HDR. The build quality is the same as the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has the same 3D glass on the rear and aluminum frame as the XZ2. The smartphone has several improvements over its predecessor, including a Motion Eye dual camera setup (one colour, one monochrome) with an ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording, said to be the highest on a smartphone ever. Xperia XZ2 Premium is IP65/IP68 [iv] certified to withstand splashes and spills. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM. The device measures 158 x 80 x 11.9 mm and weighs 236 grams. The 5.8-inch 4K HDR display with 16:9 aspect ration looks brilliant (at least on paper) and it also comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The secondary rear camera is a 12MP B&W sensor with 1.55μm pixel size and f/1.6 G-lens.

"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. The front camera, however, is a 13MP shooter with F2.0 aperture. Android 8.0 Oreo runs out of the box with Sony's custom skin on top.

TechRadar spoke to Sony, who confirmed that the phone may not be available in the UAE, Saudi and the rest of the Middle East - although it's yet to rule out its arrival completely.

On the front, the Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with a 13-megapixel camera. It will be available in two contemporary colors: Chrome Black and Chrome Silver. But it is a big deal because Sony's phone shoots at a much higher resolution than the Galaxy S9 phones - 1080p resolution versus 720p - which means that the Xperia XZ2 Premium's super-slow video should be clearer and more detailed. What are your opinions on the design and the specs?

Most of the other features are carryovers from the standard XZ2, although that's not entirely a bad thing. Do let us know via the comments section.

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