Recently this week, Sony unveiled their latest flagship smartphone in India. The device, called the Xperia XZ Premium, is the first to carry 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) display on its 5.5 inch screen. In addition to this, the smartphone is the first device to run Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor in India. Another notable feat for the Xperia XZ Premium is that it is the second device to support gigabit LTE next to Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
Other specs included in the Xperia XZ Premium include a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen with a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. Apart from the Snapdragon processor, the device has 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM), runs Adreno 540 graphics processor unit (GPU), and has an on board storage of 64 gigabytes. The memory can still be expanded up to 256 gigabytes through a micro SD card.
Camera wise, the Xperia XZ Premium has a 19 megapixel camera on the back with a 1/2.3-inch Exmos RS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 5 axis stabilization, and 4K video recording. In front, another 13 megapixel camera is situated with a 1/3-inch Exmos RS sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. Sony says that the device has a new Motion Eye system that allows it to scan images up to five times faster than before. This same system allows the phone to capture slow motion videos at 960 FPS. The phone is powered by a 3,230 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 technology and Qnovo Adaptive Charging.
Upon its release, the Xperia XZ Premium comes in two different colors -- Luminous Chrome and Deep Sea Black. Even though the device was launched in India, it is expected to hit US shores on June 19th. Before this time, however, the device will be available for pre-order through Amazon and Best Buy beginning June 12th. The phone is said to cost at least $800 for an unlocked unit.
If this phone is over your budget, there is another smartphone Sony is expected to release around the same time. As of this writing, there is no official word on how much the Sony Xperia XA1 will cost in the US, but it will be cheaper than the XZ Premium. This smartphone model will be available for pre-orders starting June 12th, a date that comes earlier than its online availability on June 21st. It will also hit retail stores on July 2nd.
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