Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium debuts with super high ISO sensitivity

It is still Monday but Sony already delivered what will likely be the biggest announcement of the week.

That's right, Sony has released a higher-tier phone. The technology, as the name suggests, allows the Xperia XZ2 Premium to rumble along with media content, so you can 'feel your media'.

Unlike the £699 Xperia XZ2, the XZ2 Premium has a dual-camera set-up on the back of the phone - a first for Sony. The "Premium" branded Xperia phones are known for their one main highlight, the 4K HDR display. As seen with the other Xperia XZ2 smartphones, the new Xperia XZ2 Premium also ditches the omnibalance design. The regular XZ2 has an 18:9 display. Now it's Sony's turn to boldly claim that its phone camera is the most advanced there is. Xperia XZ2 Premium is IP65/IP68 [iv] certified to withstand splashes and spills.

The Premium model also has a 5.8-inch 4K HDR screen, while the regular XZ2 only boasts 5.7-inch Full HD+ HDR panel.

Most of the other features are carryovers from the standard XZ2, although that's not entirely a bad thing. That means the Xperia XZ2 has smaller bezels than the XZ2 Premium. The Xperia XZ2 display is impressive, so we suspect the XZ2 Premium display will be great too. It is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor along with Adreno 630 GPU. The phone has microSDXC support up to 400GB. It ships with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in the box. And it's not just about increasing the screen size, or putting in a bigger battery.

Instead, the Japanese firm has split image capture between one 19-megapixel colour sensor and a 12-megapixel monochrome. The front camera, however, is a 13MP shooter with F2.0 aperture. The Xperia XZ2 Premium is encased in curved 3D glass and with an aluminum frame and a mirror-like chrome finish. The secondary rear camera is a 12MP B&W sensor with 1.55μm pixel size and f/1.6 G-lens. Yes, the aim is to give you better low light imaging and everything about that camera screams "low light". Sony is using large sized dual sensors and dedicated AUBE fusion image signal processor for faster processing of low-light images. Xperia XZ2 Premium creates a cinema-like audio quality when you're sharing your favorite videos with your friends thanks to its powerful front-facing stereo speakers.

When it was announced, Sony's dual camera solution had the world's highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video and ISO 51200 for photos.

The phone will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM variants depending on the markets.

There's been no word on what the Xperia XZ2 Premium might cost.

Availability is slated for summer 2018, but we don't know when pre-orders will open.

XZ2 Premium has 6GB RAM for additional speed and efficiency.

In addition, Sony says the Xperia XZ2 Premium can record 4K movies.

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