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Sony XZ Premium review: MrMobile's mirror-plated time machine

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to hit MrMobile's review roster, and it's not playing around. It's not every day you review a phone with a Snapdragon 835 and a 4K HDR display crammed into an ostentatious and water-resistant mirrored chassis, after all. But I've always found 4K screens on smartphones to be serious overkill, and the XZ Premium's high price combined with Sony's bizarre legal troubles that force it to disable fingerprint scanners on its US phones kept my expectations low when it came time to unbox this device.

That was two weeks ago, though, and my time with this phone since then has been nothing short of magical. Because the XZ Premium is more than just Sony's latest block of shiny glass: it's the only smartphone on the market that shoots video at 960 frames per second. And if you're rolling your eyes and saying "big deal," you need to put your eyes on just what kind of footage that frame rate makes possible. Fortunately, the above video gives you just that.

Join MrMobile for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium review, then be sure to check out Android Central's full review of the device -- and if you want to pick up one of your own, pay our friends at Clove Technology a visit. You'll be thanking them for lending MrMobile this review device ... and sparing yourself the inconvenience of a disabled fingerprint scanner in the process.

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26 Comments
  • I just wish Sony could repair their relationship with U.S. carriers again. That's the only way I'll give them another shot after the Z3 on T-Mobile.
  • But the review suggests getting the international version for the FPS - and U.S. carriers probably can't sell that. Why is the U.S. so retarded on patents that Sony can't sell a phone with an FPS here? Did I miss some article that lays out a reasonable history of that...
  • Apple gained a patent for FPS on the power button in Q2 2015, while the Z5, first Sony phone with FPS on power button was released in Q4 2015. Maybe Sony didn't want to get into trouble with Apple in the US. There is a post on gsmarena covering this.
  • Z5 was presented in September, but certified way ealier than that.
    Probably a prototype was being tested when Z3+ showed up at MWC/2015. If it was about patent, it would be world wide not USA only.
  • My Robin has a finger print reader on the power button, I doubt they are paying any royalty to Apple. The reason for the omission must be more retarded than that.
  • They gave some explanation a while ago but it still didn't seem that reasonable as to why they can't enable it. It all sounds childish or Sony doesn't want to pay for the rights to use it(in the U.S.)
  • I can concur I have this phone and it's really great, second best phone to my Note FE
  • Definitely sleeper hit of 2017. I am thoroughly enjoying mine.
  • Thanks for the video.
    The GS8 and Moto Z2 Force just weren't tickling my fancy. Really looking forward to importing this because of one functionality that wasn't mentioned.
    (PS4 Remote Play that is only capable with SONY devices)
  • Remote Play is the only thing I miss about the Z5 I used to own.
  • Exactly. Such a unique and well put together feature for owners of Sony systems.
  • Nice
  • I had a Z5 premium that died on me and didn't have a US warranty. Been waiting to replace it so this could be the one. I'll wait for first 100 dollar price drop. My Z3 got me hooked on Sony. Quality is all I can say.
  • I got my international variant on Amazon for $609 last week.
  • I just got a Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra to replace my dead Nexus 6 and I'm loving it. Only downside is no wifi calling support for T-Mobile.
  • I just picked up the xa1 ultra as well and am very impressed. The battery life is great and the screen is amazing to watch videos on.
  • It's odd that Michael would mention the FP sensor being good. Other reviewers have complained about it being fussier than average. How has it been in the real world?
  • It is much better than my S8+ but not as great as my IP7+.
  • Ok, thanks for the reference :)
  • I just bought the international version 2 weeks ago and works great. The Galaxy S8 maybe the better all around package. But this is a phone that should checked out. The design maybe polarizing but I find myself enamored with it.
  • My last Sony phone was the Z3 compact. Always rooting for Sony.
  • Sometimes I wish I weren't a sysadmin, so I could enjoy a mobile like this again. I miss my Xperia Z Ultra, but KEYone is just so much more productive.
  • Even though I don't care for fingerprint scanners, they really need to stop disabling them for North America.
  • In addition, i read an article about the sony xperia xz premium, is the first ever smartphone to be mechanized by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 processor. What’s more stunning is that is equipped with the 5.5 inch 4K HDR display that we only usually see in the latest model of television these days. According to Sony, they used the same technology in Sony BRAVIA TV technology in XZ Premium, which means that they also used their Trade mark Triluminos display in this android smartphone. Sony confer that “TRILUMINOS™ Display for a mobile device is a unique technology that can produce about 138% of the colour spectrum that standard displays show. Where every hue is beautifully intense and vivid, bringing images and movie clips to life and it selectively maps colors from a wider palette, all of life’s subtle shades are preserved. Even reds, blues, and greens, which are typically hard for screens to show accurately, look vivid and realistic.
  • You work in the Sony phone division or what?
  • This is a really nice looking phone with a great set of specs. I don't care for the finger print reader, but I do care about it's price though. I am willing to try this phone once they go on sale at the end of the year or maybe next year.