Smartphone Supertest 2017: What's the best phone right now?

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium: The headlines

The XZ Premium is all about excess. Why just have one piece of cake, when you could eat the whole thing? It’s packed with high-tech hardware, including the phone world’s first 4K, HDR screen, and a slow-motion camera that’s faster than just about anything else out there. At least when it comes to phones, anyway.

The Snapdragon 835 CPU is as new and powerful as you can get on a phone, and it’s easily fast enough to run anything in the Google Play Store. 4GB of RAM is still the sweet spot for swift multitasking, too. 64GB of built-in storage is ample, and you can always add more with a microSD card. Battery life isn’t decimated by that 4K screen, either - you’ll get to the end of the day before it’s time to recharge.

It’s a shame Sony didn’t put as much effort into design as it did with the hardware, though. The XZ Premium might be slightly shinier than its Full HD sibling, but you’d have a hard time picking the more potent phone out - they look almost identical. Compared to the skinny, streamlined Galaxy S8, it looks disappointingly old-school.

If you insist on the best hardware, the Xperia XZ is practically unrivalled, but sometimes too much cake can make you sick. Learn when to put down the fork, and you’ll be much happier in the long run.

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