The Sony Xperia XZ Premium feels like the company is properly drawing from their two other product talents - TVs and cameras.
4K HDR display
Everyone’s been bleating on about “4K” and “HDR” for the longest time and Sony’s gone and put both on the Xperia XZ Premium. Of course, we had to ask if that was overkill, but Sony says that adding HDR on a smartphone screen would make more of a difference on your viewing experience than having 4K alone, like on the Xperia Z5 Premium.
And after seeing it in the flesh, we can confirm that that is true. All of you squinting at the latest The Man in the High Castle episode on your commute are about to experience sweet visual relief.
We also asked if that screen is going to kill battery life and a Sony executive replied that it's capable of handling about 135 minutes of HDR viewing, which is about one movie. But we'll wait till we get a review unit to confirm those claims.
Super slow motion
That camera is some slo-mo pro. It shoots slow motion at 960fps which is four times the sloth speed you’re used to. Don’t believe us? Get a load of this.
You can hit that slow-mo button as many times as you want throughout your video recording. However, you cannot adjust the standard one second period. It can be a little awkward to trigger the slow-mo feature via the button next to the stop button.
Fast reflexes are required to record the perfect moment but even with our delayed one brought on by lack of sleep, we managed to capture some epic video, even if it’s just in 720p.
Predicting photo unpredictability
Speaking of fast reflexes, if you have none, Sony’s new Predictive Capture feature is for you. It’s switched on by default in auto mode to kick into gear when the camera detects fast moving objects. It will then capture four photos even before the fact to compensate for your slow reaction. After which, you can select the best from the lot.
No more repeated jumping in order to coordinate the best jump shot anymore.
Want to find out more? Read our hands-on review here to sate your appetite until we get a review unit.