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Sony announces new flagship phone, the Xperia XZ Premium

The Mobile World Congress is currently underway in Barcelona, Spain, and Sony used this event to announce its new flagship phone. Dubbed the Xperia ZX Premium, the phone looks a lot like like Sony’s other mobile devices at first glance, but it’s a completely different beast under the hood. Packed inside Sony’s trademark OmniBalance design is the first mainstream smartphone with a Snapdragon 835 chip, and also the first with an Ultra HD display. Packed into a 5.5 inch screen with full 4K resolution, the net result is an insane 806 ppi. If this is not enough, the Xperia XZ Premium also features HDR as standard, which, coupled this with Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology and its X-Reality engine, means that this is probably the most advanced mobile display on the planet right now. The result is absolutely staggering. Whether you’re reading text on the web, enjoying your snaps, or watching a movie, the resolution is super sharp. It is best illustrated with the video below:

Protecting this fabulous display is Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 5, which also protects the back. Other specs include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of UFS storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3,230 mAh battery (time will tell if this is large enough this type of display) with Smart STAMINA and Qnovo adaptive charging. As usual, the device is again IP68-rated for dust- and water-resistance, and the power button ships with an integrated fingerprint scanner in select markets.

Just in case the screen isn’t spectacular enough for your liking, the Xperia XZ Premium is also the world’s first phone to feature Sony’s memory stacked Exmor RS sensor which delivers faster image scanning and data transfer (according to Sony the improvement is 5X faster). Shooting at 19-megapixels, the Exmor RS camera is capable of super slow-motion recording at 960 (no, that’s not a typo) frames-per-second. For the selfie-lovers among you, there is also a 13-megapixel Exmor RS selfie camera with a 22mm wide-angle lens on the front of the device. As per usual, there’s a bunch of supplementary features ike Predictive Capture and Anti-Distortion Shutter to help improve your shots. The pixels inside the 19MP rear camera are reportedly 19% larger compared to Sony’s previous flagship, which should make for some fantastic photos. Integrating all this wonderful hardware is Android 7.1 Nougat, which comes pre-installed on the device.

The Xperia ZX Premium will be available in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black when it goes on sale later this year. Pricing is still unavailable, but if the previous Premium phones are anything to go by, it won’t be cheap. Fortunately, there will also be “non-premium” version available. Spouting a 5.2 inch full HD display, the Xperia ZX will have a a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. It will also have the same good looks as its bigger brother, but with lesser specifications to make it more affordable. It is available at the beginning of April in Ice Blue, Warm Silver, and Black.

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