It’s among the first few devices to feature Qualcomm’s much-hyped Snapdragon 835 processor.
By Ashwin Rajagopalan
I still remember jumping out of my car on the Mangaluru-Goa highway to grab a stunning picture on a rainy day in 2013. Back then the Sony Xperia Z was the only (IPS 57 certified) waterproof device. A lot has happened since then in the premium flagship space, Sony has been one of the brands that has been ambushed by seemingly more nimble-footed competitors.
To say that Xperia XZ Premium device is a make or break device for Sony might be an exaggeration and yet there is a lot riding on it for the brand. That was the last thing on my mind when the gorgeous ‘TRILUMNOS’ display blew me away – 3840 x 2160 pixels with a whopping 807 Pixels per inch. Finding 4K videos that will allow to enjoy this screen is the tough part. While the screen resolution is ‘future proof’, some elements of the design like the 68.2% screen to body ratio and the UI have 2014 stamped all over it. It’s a recurring them with this device that has a couple of steps in the future and disappointingly some in the past. And yet, this device feels great to hold. I love how the power button (With a fingerprint reader) has been placed along the right side corner of the device; it’s easy to reach and friendly for one-handed navigation.
The other reason we all loved our Sony devices was their stellar cameras. The 19MP primary cam (there’s also a 13MP selfie cam) shoots terrific images and also shoots super slow-mo videos at 960FPS (frames per second); that is a unique talent that none of the other flagships possess. It’s one of the best smartphone cams out there. Sony has packed this device with a solid hardware spec sheet. The XZ Premium became one of the first devices to feature Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 835 processor that teams up with 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of internal memory with support for a Micro SD card for expandable storage. The SIM Card/Micro SD tray is one of the slightly annoying and dated design features in the phone; thankfully it’s not something you will deal on a daily basis.
Sony proves it still has some proverbial rabbits under its hat – from a solid camera (the battery life is acceptable too) to a class-leading display. Is it enough to turn the tide and woo customers who have ditched the brand? We’ll find out soon enough.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is available in luminous chrome and deep sea black and costs Rs 61,990/-
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