Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium review
4K HDR display and dual camera
Our Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium review takes a look at Sony’s dual camera smartphone with an incredible 4K HDR display. This is possibly the most advanced smartphone and camera combination out there, so for those who have to have the best, say hello to the Xperia XZ2 Premium.
4K HDR display
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is one of the first and few phones to have a 4K HDR display. With this display, you see amazing detail with 765 pixels per inch, while HDR makes your content look sharper than ever before. The 5.8” display uses up-conversion to bring standard content up to HDR and nearly up to 4K.
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Comparison: The resolution of 4K is 2160 x 3840 pixels compared to Full HD at 1080 x 1920.
Glass and aluminium
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has a durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and a reflective glass body that is made from curved 3D glass. This is fixed onto a premium aluminium frame and you can chose between Chrome Silver or Chrome Black colours.
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This is by far the most curvy Sony smartphone but all that high-end tech puts it on the heaving side at 236g and at 11.9mm thick. The good news is that there is IP65/68 certification, proving its resistance to rain and splashes,
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB RAM is 30% faster than the processors used by Sony before. In addition to this, videos and pictures open instantly because the memory that can be accessed 3x faster than before.
Phone Set Up
Biometric security and ample storage
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has a fingerprint sensor for security. This is positioned in a central position on the back face. You may be worried that this will notice false touches when you use the phone but it doesn’t. It sits in the area where your palm arcs as you hold the phone, so this is a clever move after all.
There is an ample 64GB memory and a memory card slot for up to 400GB microSD cards.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium sounds simply awesome with its S-Force Front Surround stereo speakers. There is Hi-Res Audio and Sony’s Clear Bass system for producing a deep bass without distortion. There is also a Dynamic Vibration System that brings games and movies alive.
The latest Android Oreo operating system is on board and in addition to the portfolio of Google apps, Sony adds some of its own. These include PS4 Remote Play, 3D Creator for making a 3D avatar for use on social media and the AR effect app.
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Camera & Video
Motion Eye Dual camera
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has an amazing dual camera, which comprises of a 19MP colour lens and a 12MP black and white lens. The lenses have been moved closer to the centre of the phone and this will help you get pro-quality results.
The camera has dual sensors with extreme light sensitivity (ISO 51200). The AUBE fusion image signal processor combines the black and white low light image data with the colour image, resulting in the camera capturing more detail than the human eye can see. In the dark, this equates to 30x more detail than your eye and this sits on a par with professional stand alone digital cameras.
The 4K HDR Movie recording captures more colour and contrast and you can also record Super Slow Motion video at 960 frames per second, in Full HD. For still photos, you can capture a bokeh effect and de-focus the background or go classic and take a monochrome photo.
The 13MP selfie camera uses the display as a flash and is also apt at taking photos in low light.
High capacity battery
There is a very large 3,540mAh battery and this is needed for powering that 4K display. When you need to add charge there is Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, to ensure you can do this quickly.
Sony’s Smart Stamina predicts how much power you are going to use and then prompts you to turn Stamina mode on, if you are using more battery than normal. This will ensure you can get through even heavy use days.
The battery lifespan is protected by Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Battery Care. If you want to buy an accessory, then the WCH20 Wireless Charger is a good choice and this supports fast wireless charging.
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Written by: Michael Brown