Sony's new phone wants to wow you with its camera

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A couple of months ago I was harping about how Sony was going easy with its penchant for fancy gimmicks with its newly launched Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.

Starting off with the design, Sony has tried to keep the design similar to the Xperia XZ2 that launched this year at MWC. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear of both phones, quite a long way down the back of the phone. The only difference is that there is now a dual camera setup on the back, something we missed on Xperia XZ2.

It is also worth pointing out that the Xperia XZ2 Premium is quite heavy at 236 grams. And if the revamped design of the current XZ2 models haven't grabbed you, Sony is betting that an improved camera on the Premium version of the phone will. The Xperia XZ2 Premium is a comprehensive upgrade to the Xperia XZ2 in nearly all the departments. Things change a bit on the front as there is no 18:9 display as the Xperia XZ2.

The Xperia XZ2 Premium steps the display up a fraction of an inch to 5.8 inches over the 5.7 inches of the Xperia XZ2. It is fueled by a 3540 mAh battery with Quick Charging 3.0 and wireless charging support. And here, in this case, the Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with a 5.8-inch HDR display with 4K resolution and the aspect ratio is just 16:9.

RAM goes from 4GB to 6GB.

On paper, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium represents a significant upgrade over the plain ol' XZ.

The main USP of the Xperia XZ2 Premium is its cameras. The 19MP Motion Eye shooter has an aperture of F1.8 and the black/white sensor uses an aperture of F1.6. This is a 19-megapixel 1/2.3in Exmor RS sensor with 1.22µm pixels. Most of you are aware of the fact that the ISO measures the sensitivity of the sensor. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium features an ultra-high sensitive dual camera setup on the back with the world's highest ISO sensitivity video recording in a smartphone (12800 for video and 51200 for photos).

There's a difference in the aperture of the lens, however, giving the XZ2 Premium f/1.8 while the XZ2 is f/2.0. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo flavor out of the box and the latest Android 8.1 update is expected to be rolled out soon. It also bears a 4K HDR Triluminos display, and an IP65/68 rating for dust and water resistance. Sony's phones are also known for the impressive audio output, and the XZ2 Premium is no exception. It features High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Clear Audio+, Stereo speakers with S-Force Front Surround, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio, Automatic Headphone Optimisation and more. It will be available in Chrome Black and Chrome Silver color options. What are your opinions on the design and the specs?

Pricing also hasn't been revealed but, assuming it ships to the U.S., we'd expect it to be a fair whack more expensive - think up to $1000 and at least $900, compared to the XZ2's $800 unlocked asking price in the States. We knew it was coming, but we had no idea it would be so soon.

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