Sony Announces Xperia XZ Premium and XZs at MWC 2017

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Sony has taken the wraps off of a few new smartphones in Barcelona, ahead of the official start of Mobile World Congress 2017. These include the new Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZs. The Xperia XZ Premium continues the trend that Sony started with the Xperia Z5 Premium nearly two years ago. It features a 4K HDR display, however most of the content is being shown in 1080p. This is likely due to the fact that a 4K display would not fair to well with a decent sized battery inside.

Sony has also included machine learning into the XZ Premium, for settings like brightness, screen contrast and such. So that in theory, at least, it should be able to automatically adjust to the right brightness without you needing to do anything. Basically the evolution of automatic brightness. Machine learning is also being used to better show how much time is left on the battery, based on your usage. It's also being used to enable STAMINA mode, which is their battery saving mode. That way you can every last drop of energy out of your smartphone's battery without having to mess around with the settings too much.

As with any Sony smartphone, the clear focus is on the camera, which is a new and improved one over the Xperia XZ that was released last fall. Both the Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZs have the same improved camera. They are using a custom Exmor IMX300 generation sensor, it includes a RGB sensor, distance sensor, PDAF, and is a 19-megapixel shooter. It also has an aperture of f/2.0 and is a 6-element lens. There's a 5-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) which should help make the camera even more stable, especially when your hands are not. Both cameras will record in up to 960 frames-per-second slow motion, this is done in 1080p on the Xperia XZ Premium and 720p on the Xperia XZs. Sony has also thrown in a high-speed anti distortion shutter. What this does is it keeps images from being warped when there are fast moving objects in the shot. This is due to the bandwidth of the sensor, which Sony touts as being 25Gbps, and they call it Motion Eye Sensor. While the camera hardware is a big part of why this camera looks good on paper, another portion of it is the Snapdragon 835 being inside. Which Qualcomm talked up its camera functionalities when it was announced back at CES last month.


While Sony is known for their cameras and sensors, they are also known for their audio, and these two new Xperia smartphones don't disappoint. There is high resolution audio included on these phones. It uses s-force virtual front surround on the phone, and auto sound adjustment with any pair of headphones – even that cheap pair that you picked up for your kids. Which basically means that you're going to have a great audio experience from the Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZs, whether you are using a pair of headphones of the smartphone's speakers.

Some of the other specs for the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs include it being rated IP68 and IP65 respectively, for water-resistant and dust-resistance. There is also Gorilla Glass 5 on the display, which is going to protect the glass from getting scratched easily. Sony will be offering both of these models unlocked, however pricing and availability are not available just yet.