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 Xperia XZ Premium's 4K display and powerful performance are truly extraordinary, but so-so battery life and a dated design make it an also-ran.

- Caitlin Mcgarry , Tom's Guide 

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 29 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 (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


Generally good exposure both indoors and outdoors

from DxOMark

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium features a capable smartphone camera that gets the job done — especially in good light — but which doesn’t rise to the heights of the top phones from other manufacturers. In particular, it is sensitive to harsh lighting conditions outdoors, and finicky in low light and indoor situations. Video performance is also competent, but marred by problems with loss of detail and mediocre stabilization. The stacked sensor does allow the XZ Premium to support a novel 960 fps slow-motion mode, but even at 19MP, it doesn’t produce overall better ima... Full review


Power and elegance

from LaptopMedia
This time Sony has chosen their flagship to be with a glass and not metal back, and it really looks stylish but the fingerprints on this big 5.46-inch body stop us from giving full credit as far as design is concerned. On the other hand, you will be presented with incredibly detailed display and one of the most powerful mobile chips on the market – Snapdragon 835. All this completely befits a top notch model such as Xperia XZ Premium. We can say that its battery life is good enough, and thanks to the USB Type-C and Quick Charge 4.0 technology you can benefit from quick charging... Full review

Certainly fits the bill for a high-end smartphone in 2017

from Gearburn
The Xperia XZ Premium is worth putting on your wishlist thanks to its sheer power and a fantastic camera experience that approaches (but doesn’t quite surpass) Samsung and Apple’s best. The slow-mo is an amazing innovation when you get it right, but hold off for the successor if this is why you want the phone... Full review
The Verge

Unworthy of its name

from The Verge
With its fancy mirror finish, eyebrow-raising price, and proud Sony pedigree, the Xperia XZ Premium flatters to deceive. On paper, it’s a behemoth, but in practice, it’s too much like the rest of the mainstream Android flagship pack. That’s been Sony’s problem almost since the very inception of the Xperia line, and the XZ Premium does nothing to rectify it... Full review

Good smartphone with a fantastic HDR screen

from Notebookcheck
The Xperia XZ Premium is a device with many new technologies that has proven that 4K videos and HDR can look impressive even on a smartphone display. It has a convincing battery runtime and slow-motion function, but Sony could have put more effort into basic capabilities such as call quality and Wi-Fi reception... Full review
IT Pro

The best 4K smartphone out there

from IT Pro
The Xperia XZ Premium feels like a much less ridiculous phone than its predecessor. The 4K screen still feels wholly pointless, but pairing it with top-shelf internal components justifies its existence alongside the Xperia XZ. This phone really can swing it with the best of them in terms of speed... Full review

Mister handsome

from Softpedia
Let’s put it this way: the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is an under-rated device. We’ve seen many people criticizing the phone for various things, from display to battery life and camera, but you shouldn’t trust anyone until you’ve given the phone a try. If you like the design, there’s nothing that could stay in your way to buy this phone. It has the best hardware right now, an amazing display, and it’s super-fast, with technology that you can hardly find elsewhere... Full review
Tom's Guide

Insane 4K display can't save this Sony

from Tom's Guide
The Xperia XZ Premium proves Sony is trying to push the boundaries of what a good Android phone can be. But future-proofing the display, camera and performance for innovation down the line doesn't do much good in the present. A 4K HDR smartphone with a super-slow-motion camera sounds so, so cool. In reality, like all the extra apps Sony puts on the XZ Premium, the device's marquee features feel more like window dressing than essentials... Full review
Android Authority

Sony has done a good job of keeping up with the competition

from Android Authority
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium goes all in with features that the company dabbled in with recent offerings, making it a worthy consideration for anyone that is willing to overlook the lack of a fingerprint reader and basically non-existent carrier availability in the States... Full review
What Mobile

An absolute powerhouse

from What Mobile
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is an excellent phone with flagship performance, although the dated design may not agree with some... 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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