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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a significantly better phone than the Sony Xperia XZ1, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium!

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Excellence Score
61.6
55.5
Value for Money Score
54.3
52.8
Price ₹ 40,994 onwards ₹ 37,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 2160x3840 pixels (~ 801 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS LCD, HDR10 Compliant, Triluminos Display, X-Reality Engine HDR10 Compliant, Triluminos Display, X-Reality Engine
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.35 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 19.0MP 19.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Motion Eye Camera, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Triple Image Sensing, Hybrid Autofocus (Phase Detection and Laser Autofocus), Slow Motion Videos (960 FPS), Predictive Capture, 0.5 sec Quick Launch & Capture, Anti-distortion Shutter, Low-light Photo, HDR, 25mm Focal Lenght, SteadyShot (5-axis stabilisation) F/2.0 Aperture, 25mm Focal Length, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Predictive Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, 1/2.3" Sensor Size, 1.22um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Panorama, HDR, Super Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 13.0MP 13.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 22mm Focal Lenght, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.12um Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, SteadyShot (5-axis stabilisation) F/2.0 Aperture, 22mm Focal Length, 1/3" Sensor Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Full HD Video Recording, SteadyShot
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.4 mm
Weight 195 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3230 mAh 2700 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0); Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; Clear Audio+; DLNA; NFC; Miracast; Google Cast; PS4 Remote Play; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); DLNA; NFC; Miracast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Premium, handsome, elegant design - a little old-school but genuinely full of character
  • Water-proof
  • Brilliant, pixel-packed, class-leading 4K screen
  • Beautifully simple Xperia UI is a winner with a traditionally restrained approach to skinning Android - It's elegant, clean with added Sony goodies like Stamina mode and solid multimedia apps
  • Top-notch performance - Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm's best, and the Xperia XZ Premium is among the most powerful smartphones today - the 1080p resolution when there is no native 4K content helps - and the phone runs cool even when you push it
  • Very good primary camera - one of the best, and comparable to other flagships - produces detailed photos, has improved corner sharpness, and very good colors, contrast, and dynamic range
  • The 960fps slow-mo HD video recording is pretty cool - but capturing the moment takes practice
  • The 13MP AF front facing camera is very good too - with plenty of detail, good dynamic range
  • Dedicated camera button comes in handy
  • Nice stereo loudspeakers
  • Solid battery life - easily lasts the day with regular use - although it lags behind the even better battery life of the Galaxy S8
  • On the whole, this is, by far, the best Sony flagship in years
  • Elegant, polished design - employs a single piece of metal bent over the internals - feels premium and classy
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Nice, refined UI from Sony with a mostly stock Android experience with add-ons like Stamina-branded battery-saving modes, and Sony's own multimedia apps
  • Top-end performance backed by the Snapdragon 835 chipset - lives up to flagship expectations
  • Superb screen with a HDR support, which is a nice boost - even if its application is limited to Netflix and Amazon at this point
  • Pretty good camera in most conditions - produces detailed photos, has improved corner sharpness, and very good colors, contrast, and dynamic range
  • 4K video look good, 1080p likewise - the 960fps slow-mo HD video recording holds a lot of potential and looks dramatic (but capturing the right moment takes a lot of precision and practice, since you only have about 0.2 seconds to work with)
  • The XZ1 borrows its great 13MP, f/2.0 autofocus selfie shooter from the XZ Premium as well - it produces shots with plenty of detail and good dynamic range
  • Decent set of stereo speakers
  • Decent audio quality via heaphones too
  • Decent battery life - lasts the day with moderate use
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Prone to collecting smudges easily, if used without a case
  • Although it is aesthetically designed, but when you hold it up against its all-metal-and-glass rivals, the chunky bezels and plastic sides look a little old-school, and dated
  • As there’s still only a handful movies and shows at 4K resolution, most of the time you won't be making full use of the stunning display - though when there is 4K content to watch - the video watching experience is incredible and unmatched by any other phone currently
  • In a time of bezel-less displays, the design of the XZ1, even though pretty nice looking, is also a little bit dated
  • Camera is decent but not quite as good as other flagship rivals - especially low-light performance is rather average
  • Battery life is again decent, but doesn't stack up well against competition
  • On the whole, Sony has made another flagship smartphone that gets the core elements right – display, camera, battery, power – but doesn't really excel in anything - both the OnePlus 5, and the Samsung Galaxy S8 for instance have better, more flexible camera setups, better battery life and larger screens
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