Specs summary


The Sony Xperia XZ Premium's screen is 5.5 inches with 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

19+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3230 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 26.7 days standby time, 870 minutes (2G), 1480 minutes (3G), 604 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has everything you want when paying top dollar for a phone, with its 4K display and slow motion camera two standout party pieces.

- John McCann , TechRadar 

Reviews summary

Based on 18 reviews

What's good  

  • Great Performance
  • Plenty of Storage Space
  • microSD Support
  • 960 FPS Video Recording
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • All-Day Battery Life
  • IP68 Rating

What's bad  

  • Cluttered Camera Interface
  • Duplicate Apps
  • Bulky Design
  • Fingerprint Magnet

Touting an impressive spec sheet, the latest flagship offering from Sony’s Xperia series hopes to cement them a place at the top of the charts. From the super slow motion video recording to the 4K display, the phone seems to offer something for anyone to enjoy.

With the reviews rolling in, it’s time to see if the spec list translates to a good value in real life! We’ve dug through what reviewers are saying to bring you this summary.

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Sporting glass front and rear panels, metal tops and bottoms, and plastic sides, the materials used in the Xperia XZ Premium sound disjointed. However, reviewers had no complaints about build quality or grip. Sony even landed IP68 dust and water resistance.

Some reviewers noted that the large bezels on the 5.5-inch display made for a large phone. So one-handed users might have trouble. Reviews also mentioned issues with fingerprints and smudges.

Around front, reviewers raved about the 5.5-inch 4K IPS display. Pocket Lint noted, “The XZ Premium's IPS LCD panel is lovely to look at, delivering rich and vibrant colours, deep blacks and white whites.” TechRadar was also pleased, saying, “You won’t find a sharper screen on another smartphone.”

A 4K display requires plenty of processing power to run smoothly. Sony appears to have hit the mark with the 2.45Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM. Reviews were solid. TechRadar praised the phone’s performance, saying, “With a heap of power under the hood, dual front-facing speakers, a 4K HDR display and high-resolution audio support, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a serious multimedia machine.”

We found no mention of stuttering or delays. But, many noted that the phone gets warm under heavy use. Pocket-Lint had the worst experience, noting, “We were on holiday and, even when hiding the device under a towel, experienced device overheating issues twice.”

The phone includes 64GB of internal storage for your apps, games and media. However, you can expand it up to 256GB using a microSD card as needed. The phone ships with Android 7.1 Nougat so you’ll enjoy an up-to-date Android experience out of the box.

Reviewers were happy with Sony’s interface choices. But many noted a handful of duplicated apps. Fortunately, you can disable these if you’d prefer.

One of the most touted features of the phone is its rear camera. While the 19MP camera might seem ordinary on paper, it’s capable of capturing video at 960 frames per second. Reviewers loved this feature though some noted that getting the timing right was difficult.

For day-to-day picture taking, reviewers had no complaints. Phone Arena summed up general opinions well, saying, “The shooter is quite impressive when it comes to medium and good lighting conditions. It takes pleasing photos with plenty of detail.”

If you’re a fan of selfies or video chat, the 13MP front-facing shooter is up to the task. However, many reviewers noted that you should disable the skin softening feature.

Powering all of this, you’ll find a 3230mAh battery with USB-C charging and Quick Charge 3.0 support. Reviewers were quick to note you will need to charge the phone daily. Despite this, no one had issues making it a full day on a single charge.

Overall, reviewers liked the phone. While some questioned the bulky design, they all agreed that it offers great performance and value. Recombu summed up overall opinions on the Xperia XZ Premium well saying, “If you’re already a Sony fan looking for a new high-end blower then there’s no real way in which the XZ Premium can disappoint and if not, Sony has ensured that there are countless reasons why the XZ Premium is the phone to go for.”

Reviews (8.4/10 Avg. rating)

The Indian Express

Premium yes, but competition is ahead

from The Indian Express
There is no doubt that the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a top notch. The camera ticks the right boxes, the overall UI and performance is not bad, though it could be smoother. However, this still has an outdated design and a display, which despite the 4K feature, looks old, and the heating problems haven’t gone away. Plus, the 960FPS video might not always live up to expectations. Sony Xperia XZ Premium might be one of the best bets from the company till now. The only problem: The competition seems to have gone ahead... Full review

A relatively small spec bump

from NDTV

With the heating issues that plagued its predecessors out of the way, Sony's newest flagship is a legitimate competitor to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is just as powerful, has an excellent display, is waterproof, has decent battery life, and offers a very good set of cameras. Its main weaknesses are its aesthetics and ergonomics, and the new Samsungs smoke the Xperia in this regard. We really hope to see a more modern design language in Sony’s next generation. The chrome finish might tempt some buyers but isn’t practical for real-world usage,... Full review


A superphone with super slo-mo and a super blah look

from Cnet
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a powerhouse of a phone, but it's looking tired against today's rivals, making it tough to justify the cost... Full review

The best smartphone Sony has to offer

from Digit
To sum up, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the best Sony has to offer right now. It keeps up with competing flagships for the most part, with battery life being it’s real downfall. 4K resolution and 960 fps slo-mo video recording are gimmicks that some may like, but it’s tough to see practical implementation for those. The Xperia XZ Premium is a decent flagship smartphone for the Sony fan. It’s just not the smartphone we’d recommend over the Samsung Galaxy S8... Full review

Smartphone 4K is still a bit silly

from Alphr

Let me pin my colours to the mast one more time, just in case I wasn’t clear before: a 4K screen on a phone is silly. It’s innovation for innovation’s sake, rather than practically useful. The human eye can’t tell the difference on such a small screen. But unlike Sony’s last 4K smartphone outing, I don’t think this disqualifies it from consideration. It’s a marked improvement on the Xperia XZ in other areas, and at £650 it’s expensive, but comparable with other flagships offering similar performance. In other words, you’re no... Full review


Packing in top-notch hardware

from Techgoondu
Costing S$1,098, the phone is priced like other flagships of established brands. There are unique camera features that Sony hopes will give it an edge. Still, as an avid still shooter, I find the camera features can be improved on. The biggest selling point for me is the XZ Premium’s screen and audio quality. They will delight users who like to catch their latest K-Drama or immerse themselves in a cocoon of good music on the go... Full review
Expert Reviews

Ultra slow-mo camera is fun but the design of this phone is flawed

from Expert Reviews

Comparing flagship smartphones in 2017 is a task based on small margins. Every phone I’ve looked at this year has had its merits, and that holds true for the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The screen is great, it’s fast, its camera superb – with that rather cool slow-motion feature – and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack. But with the Samsung Galaxy S8 now available for nearly £50 less, there is, unfortunately, nothing the Sony Xperia XZ Premium can muster to justify the higher price. If you really, desperately, have to have the ultra-slow-motion video recording, then may... Full review

Android Community

Gets more right than ever before

from Android Community
In many ways, I'm a huge fan of the Xperia XZ Premium. It isn't slick, small, light or ergonomic, but it isn't trying to be — Sony's hardware design is unique, beautiful and stands out from every other smartphone available today, and that's why I love it. Beyond the design, the Xperia XZ Premium gets a lot of the flagship features down: a really nice display, fast and consistent performance, and all of the right internal specs. The battery life, which is always a top feature for today's smartphone buyers, is top-of-the-pack... Full review

Built for power

from VR-Zone
In general, at S$1098, I personally feel that the Xperia XZ Premium is a great smartphone to purchase for those who are inclined towards high-speed smartphones built for heavy work duty, gaming and photography. The only limitations of the smartphone are its bulky build and perhaps less than stellar low-light shooting capabilities... Full review

Flagship performance, dated design

from TrustedReviews
The XZ Premium doesn't lack for performance but its mediocre design and limited super-slow-motion video make it difficult to recommend over more impressive flagship rivals... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date June 12, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 2.45 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.78 W/kg
Body: 0.44 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3230 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 680 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 604 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
870 minutes (2G)
1480 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 26.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Bronze Pink, Deepsea Black, Luminous Chrome
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.6 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm
(6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 195 grams
(6.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels
Pixel Density 801 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/2
Resolution 19+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 8x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, HDR, Slow motion recording, Exposure value
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AIFF, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, AVI, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (PS4 Remote Play, Kobo Reader, AVG Protection, Facebook, Amazon Shopping)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Sony G8141

Also available in dual-SIM variant.
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