The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is a better camera than the iPhone X, Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20 Pro boost their wonderful camera features. Now it’s Sony’s turn to boldly claim that its phone camera is the most advanced there is.
The Xperia XZ2 Premium has the highest-reaching hardware specs of all three phones in its line. It follows the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact announced in February 2018.
Sony has comprehensively redesigned the look and feel of its flagship phones for 2018. Where previous Xperia designs tended towards a boxy look that was somewhat reminiscent of Sony’s own Bravia TV lines, the new Xperia XZ2 features a more rounded, edge-to-edge display design, with a 5.7-inch OLED display.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium’s Camera
At first glance, the camera specs are a tangle of terms: “highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording” and “ultra-high sensitivity 51200 for photos”. What you really need to know is that the Xperia XZ2 Premium promises to take crystal clear photos from its dual-lens camera on the back, and ultra low-light photos and videos using technology only seen on DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses.
The Xperia XZ2 Premium also has super slow-motion that captures video at a rate of 960fps. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus also can do that, too, and so can the Huawei P20 Pro. But it is a big deal because Sony’s phone shoots at a much higher resolution than the Galaxy S9 phones — 1080p and 720p resolution versus only 720p — which means that the Xperia XZ2 Premium’s super-slow video should be clearer and more detailed.
Also, the dual camera has one colour lens and a monochrome lens. While it will have a dedicated black-and-white mode and a portrait mode also known as the bokeh effect, that softly blurs the background to make the subject pop, Sony says these will roll out sometime in “Q3” to Sony’s global markets, so sometime between June and September.
The Full Xperia XZ2 Premium Specs
The Xperia XZ2 comes with a 5.8-inch screen with 4K pixel resolution and has a dual camera lens (RGB and monochrome), portrait mode with super slow-motion video capture in 720p or 1080p resolution and13-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also offers Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with a 3,540mAh battery and has Water resistance: IP65/IP68.
The phone OS is Android 8.0 Oreo and the body of Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides comes in colours with Chrome black, and chrome silver and will be available in Australia soon. You expect the Xperia XZ2 to attract premium pricing in line with its positioning, although quite where Sony positions it remains to be seen. Based on prior pricing history, expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 and $1,200, although it’s feasible it could end up being even higher.