Sony took the stage at the Mobile World Congress 2017 to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium. A successor to the Xperia Z5 Premium, the first consumer phone that featured a 4K display, the XZ Premium goes a step further by adding HDR certification to the mix. The XZ Premium is also notable for being the first smartphone to be announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Galaxy S8, therefore, might not hold the Snapdragon 835 exclusivity for long, or at all despite what the rumors have said.
The Xperia XZ Premium has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 2160×3840 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 800 ppi. The device will offer 4K resolution in the phone’s user interface and Sony’s official apps, while third-party apps and games will continue to render at Full HD, which should allow the 3,230 mAh battery to offer respectable battery life despite the higher-resolution. The HDR certification makes the Xperia XZ Premium the second phone to offer such a display, with the discontinued Galaxy Note 7 having debuted the same last year. The upcoming Galaxy S8 is also expected to feature an HDR display.
The XZ Premium comes with Sony’s new 19-megapixel camera, which can shoot slow-motion video at 960 FPS and focuses on an object in 0.3 seconds thanks to the hybrid autofocus system. Naturally, 4K recording is part of the package, and the camera also comes with 5-axis stabilization. On the front lies a 13-megapixel camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The XZ Premium comes with 64GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that can accept up to 256GB cards. The Snapdragon 835 is accompanied by 4GB of RAM, and the phone also has a fingerprint sensor on the power button and a USB Type-C port.
The XZ Premium will go on sale in some markets in May, an at unannounced price. Given the features offered by the handset, it is likely to be one of the most costly flagship phones of this year, even more than the upcoming Galaxy S8.