Sony’s flagship for 2017, the Xperia XZ Premium was first showcased at the 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC). It marked the departure of SONY announcing its devices after the competition and was the first device confirmed to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. After garnering praise and bagging the coveted title of being the best smartphone revealed in the show, SONY is looking is to continue to ride this wave of popularity. Today this flagship has been spotted for pre-order in the U.K.
This is interesting as during its debut at MWC, SONY had not detailed when the phone would be released with only a tentative window of late spring being teased. Now the device has been listed on Amazon UK with a price of £649 ($790) and also been spotted on Clove‘s e-retail site for £640 ($779), these are unlocked, contract free handsets. In both cases the Deepsea Black colour is the only option currently available and delivery should be expected in the first week of June. The only site to offer a different colour option is Unlocked Mobiles who have the Luminous Chrome finish available albeit without any concrete shipping dates.
Although almost all major consumer electronics giants have announced their flagships for this year featuring the Snapdragon 835 SoC, due to Samsung getting priority for their delivery, most companies have had to reschedule their launch after the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The only company to buck this trend is LG whose flagship the G6 is packing a Snapdragon 821 SoC.
The SONY Xperia XZ Premium supersedes the SONY Xperia Z5 as the top-dog in the company’s smartphone product stack for 2017. Like all launches from the Japanese electronics major, the XZ Premium features IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Like its predecessor the handset retains a 5.5-inch 4K IPS display with a pixel density of 801 ppi which along with HDR support allows for vivid colours and higher contrast. Apart from coming with the brand new Snapdragon 835 SoC, the XZ Premium has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory with the option to expand via microSD cards. The rear shooter is a 19-megapixel camera with SONY’s new Motion Eye technology which allows it to capture 960fps at 720p resolution. The camera also has SteadyShot 5-axis optical image stabilisation and a “predictive capture” function that allows the camera to start capturing images before you actually hit the shutter button. The front selfie-camera is a 13-megapixel affair with improved low-light performance.
To round out the device, SONY has upgraded the interface port with a USB Type-C connector, there is the customary fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button, front-facing stereo speakers all running off a 3230mAh battery pack with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The Xperia XZ Premium is composed of a glass front and back in a design philosophy that SONY calls, the glass loop. To make it resistant to scratches and other kinks, the material used in question is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5. The device is also running the latest flavour of Android, v7.1 Nougat.
The U.S. variant of the Xperia XZ Premium will not be featuring the fingerprint scanner and it is expected to be launched around the same time as the pre-orders ship out in the U.K, which means sometime in June.
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