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Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives to take on Samsung Galaxy S9

16 April 2018

Sony has quietly pulled the wraps off the Xperia XZ2 Premium, which follows on from the Xperia XZ2 unveiled at this year's MWC. So what is this phone and how does it compare to Sony's other new phone? You can check out the details specs of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium below.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium runs Android 8.0 Oreo. It's the direct successor of the Xperia XZ Premium that was known for its 4K display. It's larger in all dimensions. Things change a bit on the front as there is no 18:9 display as the Xperia XZ2. On the rear, there is the similar vertical arrangement of the LED flash, camera lenses and the fingerprint scanner.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium steps the display up a fraction of an inch to 5.8 inches over the 5.7 inches of the Xperia XZ2. As we mentioned, it also switches the aspect back to 16:9, but there's a seemingly good reason for those. Yes, that's incredibly sharp, but Sony's argument will be that the phone captures and plays back native 4K content. We haven't seen a follow-up to this model but we already saw the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and got our hands-on feature. Add to it Sony's insane 960-frames-per-second slow-motion mode, that much like it is in the case of the Xperia XZ2, can record at 1080p. Just like the Xperia XZ2, there is no headphone jack on the XZ2 Premium. It sports a 5.8-inch 4K (2160x3840 pixels) HDR Triluminos display with the X-Reality for mobile engine. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 6GB of RAM.

There's 64GB storage as standard in both models, with support for microSD expansion. Like the Xperia XZ2, it also supports Qi Wireless Charging. And it's not just about increasing the screen size, or putting in a bigger battery. That might be consumed by pushing all the additional display pixels, but generally speaking, a bigger battery is better.

There's a world of difference in the cameras, but let's start with the shared features: both have a Motion Eye main camera. It also features the same Super Slo-Mo capability of capturing 960fps video at HD resolutions found in previous Sony flagship phones. This will give the XZ2 Premium more light when shooting in darker conditions.

The handset is set to go one sale this Summer around the world, so if you're desperate to get your hands on the Xperia XZ2 Premium you'll have to look into potential imports in a couple of months time. The lens is f/1.6, while the pixel size is 1.55μm. Sony is using large sized dual sensors and dedicated AUBE fusion image signal processor for faster processing of low-light images.

The device also boasts S-Front front surround stereo speakers, which is termed as loudest Xperia speakers ever. "For the front, there is a 13-megapixel 1/ 3,06" Exmor RS sensor with 22mm wide angle lens and f/2.0 aperture. The only difference is that there is now a dual camera setup on the back, something we missed on Xperia XZ2. Considering the XZ2 costs $799, expect to pay more for the Premium version, given its more impressive specs.

Availability is slated for summer 2018, but we don't know when pre-orders will open. The new device now comes with a new design and is the first flagship from Sony to sport a dual-lens camera on its rear. While the Xperia XZ2 is reasonably priced alongside competition, the XZ2 Premium will have to ensure it doesn't become a handset no one can afford to buy.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives to take on Samsung Galaxy S9