Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Research | By Elias Hubbard

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra hands-on!

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra hands-on!

The XZ Premium was the lead among a flurry of new devices announced by the Japanese technology giant during their press conference ahead of the opening of Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday.

Sony claims the Xperia XZ Premium boasts the first ever HDR 4K screen to be seen in a smartphone, as well as a brand new 19MP camera sensor that's capable of capturing 960fps slow-motion videos. It really operates just the same as any other mobile device: indeed, the Xperia Touch is powered by Google's Android 7.0 operating system, essentially making it a glorified Sony tablet. However, the company is back at MWC and this time around Sony has launched Xperia XZ Premium, a successor to the last years Xperia XZ. The Xperia XZs, available in select markets from early April, features a 5.2-inch full HD display, the Motion Eye camera system and a fingerprint sensor integrated in the power button. The 19-megapixel "Motion Eye" camera on the back has a "Predictive Capture" mode that starts snapping pictures before you've even hit the shutter, improvements to its "Predictive Autofocus" which anticipates where to focus on next, lens distortion corrections, and the aforementioned 960 fps super slow motion video capture (below).

Sony says this is the first time such an advanced screen has been included on any smartphone. Charging is via USB-C, with Sony once again including its adaptive charging tech to ensure the XZ Premium's battery doesn't get run down too quickly over the device's lifetime. Basically, if you've used the Xperia Z5 Premium, this looks remarkably similar, but for the rounded top and bottom, and a nicer-looking camera array.

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We couldn't see Sony's A Game previous year and the Xperia X along with the X Performance failed to make a mark. There's also dual speakers either side of the screen, for those watching Netflix on the go. Here's our full Xperia XA1 Ultra vs Xperia XA Ultra comparison review. "The camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and a 1/2.6" sensor. This gives you a colour scheme and general theme that's married to your chosen handset colour (black, white, gold or pink), so the hardware and software complement each other in a very pleasing manner.

Sony has just unveiled the latest device to join its ever-growing list of smartphones. The phone looks really impressive, and does definitely look like the "Premium" device Sony calls it as. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal space with Android 7.0.1 Nougat OS. The XZ Premium is by no means a small phone, so using a small battery like this seems utterly baffling.

One of the main things the XZ Premium borrows from the Z5 Premium is the large 5.5in screen with a 4K resolution. The XZ launched at £539 so you can expect this phone to be more expensive, quite possibly over £600. It's also compatible with PlayStation 4 Remote Play, so you can use it as a PS4 game controller.

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