Sony Xperia XZ Premium: 4K screen, photo, video and autonomy … Here is our complete test

Techno 9 June, 2017

Available for purchase in France today, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has it all. With its Snapdragon 835, its 4K HDR display and its 4GB of RAM, this smartphone has been tested by the editorial, and here is our verdict.
With the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony has created the sensation in the smartphone market. A situation that was no longer used to seeing with the Japanese manufacturer who has, nevertheless, always unveiled products that had everything to please. But sales never really followed the ambition of the Japanese giant. Today, Sony seems to have found the right recipe to make everyone agree: a condensed technology in a luxurious terminal . I rarely as much kiffé test a smartphone, before this Xperia XZ Premium. Brilliant like a piano at 20,000 euros, it throws even though, I would have liked that it avoids to keep the prints of all my friends …. But promised, I will not make my difficult.
Aesthetically, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium takes a bit of the visual codes of the Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra. With its new device, Sony Mobile has “redefined” the concept of borderless smartphone . While the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 have more than one dream with their big screens, the Xperia XZ Premium offers an edgeless finish, only on the sides. One aspect that can be called “courageous” since Sony still does not want to imitate the others . Always at the design level, the Xperia XZ Premium offers a rather unusual system to access the microSD and SIM card slots. But it is important to remember the judicious position of its fingerprint sensor. This is located on the power button of the device.
The Xperia XZ Premium is as brilliant as a piano at 20,000 euros
But what really impressed me on this smartphone is probably its photo quality, not to mention its famous 4K screen. But let’s say it once and for all, the Japanese manufacturer does not yet master the true 4K and I will come back to it later. To return to our sheep, to the picture what, bah Sony enters a new dimension with its XZ Premium . Equipped with a 19 megapixel rear sensor and a 13MP front-end sensor, the Nippon flagship is a good photophone thanks to Motion Eye technology, Super Slow motion (a slow motion ‘At 960 frames per second in High Definition) and predictive capture. But he could have called it perfection, if it had the famous optical stabilization …
The other real pleasure of this smartphone is its power. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a little Flash smartphone version . He’s a real racing beast. Fast and fluid, the Japanese smartphone never seems to be behind what I have just asked. And thanks to its 4 GB of RAM, the Xperia XZ Premium does not encounter any slowdown. This is one of the most reactive Android devices I’ve tested. Moving from one application to another is a real pleasure, so much so that you will not hesitate to shop from your bed.
If there is indeed a trick of egg on this new Xperia, it is its mode Super Slow Motion that allows to film up to 960 images per second . There is really no picture with the idle mode of your smartphone which usually does not exceed 240 fps. Personally, I was able to make a small video in Super Slow Motion , and the result is not bad. But in contrast the Sony flagship is not really 4K. The “jewel” from Sony displays the contents in Full HD, it only goes into 4K after 4K compatible videos are launched. This is a trick of Sony so that the battery does not empty quickly.
Equipped with a Snapdragon 835, an Adreno 530 graphics chip and 4 GB of RAM, the Xperia XZ Premium is one of the best terminals for gamers. It is not for nothing that he imposed himself before the Samsung Galaxy S8 in a Speed ​​Test . For my part, I spent a few hours on the mobile games of the moment. Apart from a slight overheating, Sony’s newest son is doing very well. And his little overheating disappears, as soon as we stop playing. But otherwise, he does not suffer (again) from any slowdown. Level autonomy, the Xperia XZ Premium is a good student. Thanks to its 3,250 mAh battery, it can ensure a good day and a half of use.
On the interface side, Sony has not changed much with its new smartphone that comes with Android 7.1 . If you’ve already had a Sony Xperia, you will see almost no change. And if the smartphone app drawer is really cool, I struggled with the many apps pre-installed on the tel. Between the music and video players, the drawing application or the activity tracker and Xperia Lounge, I find that “it’s a lot, no” (to use this expression of 2/3 French rappers ..). What is really re-released is the impossibility of removing these pre-installed apps. Yes, you read well. We can disable oklm but they will still be in the smartphone.
And even if after 15 days, I really fell in love with the Xperia XZ Premium (which is available for purchase in France, here) and on its side waouh that leaves none of my friends indifferent, I can also him Find faults. Its ratio size / screen is not up to what can be found on the Galaxy S8 or LG G6. Its 4K is not really premium and its camera is not the best performer of the market (still efforts to do in reactivity of the sensor and distance of focus, but in general, the Xperia XZ Premium is without doubt One of the most powerful smartphones of the year So you’re going to shopper it today?