Sony Xperia XZ Premium mini review

Here is the Xperia XZ Premium from Sony.  I purchased this phone from Clove in the UK (no affiliation).

This powerful phone from Sony sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.  It can also accommodate a microSD memory card.  The Xperia XZ Premium has a water resistance rating of IP65/68, more than enough for a splash in the rain.

The display is gorgeous with a 4K panel supporting HDR.  Amazon Prime Video allows UHD playback, while Netflix, has recently enabled HDR playback for the Xperia, so you have more content to show off the quality video playback to your friends or watch a movie on the go.  Here are two screenshots from Amazon and Netflix showing how the display looks.

Here is a look at the left side where the SIM and microSD card slot resides.


On the bottom of the Xperia you will find a USB type-C 3.1 port supporting Qualcomm quick charge 3.0


Turning to the right we have the volume rocker, slightly recessed power button with fingerprint reader (works if you import from the UK, US model is disabled) and a dedicated camera button.


Coming around to the top you will find a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

Turning to the back the Xperia XZ Premium will present you with a 19MP Motion Eye camera and f/2.0 aperture.  Sony claims the camera to have a fast speed of 0.5 seconds from quick launch to capture.  The star of this camera is the 960 frames per second (fps) super slow motion video that it can record.

Flower taken from rear camera (click to enlarge).

Check out this short clip of rain falling recorded on the Xperia XZ Premium using the 960 fps feature.

Speaking of cameras, the front “selfie” camera is powered by a 13MP f/2.0 capable of going upto 6400 ISO for low light situations.


This phone has been amazing.  It feels wonderful in the hand, the system is fluid and responsive.  The camera takes great shots.  If you are not a fan of Samsung and looking for a great device, I highly recommend this device from Sony.

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