The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was the first phone to be confirmed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 at the heart of the show, but up to now, the flagship has yet to be released.
According to reports, the tech giant will be releasing the Sony Xperia XZ Premium in early June, which is actually starting next week. With this date drawing closer, the phone has just appeared on benchmarking platform GFXBench, adding more weight to the expected release date of June 1st.
We already know the exact specs and features of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, but we keep getting our hands on fresher stuff as time flies by. Just yesterday, it emerged that the Xperia XZ Premium, as expected, will come with two variants – a single-SIM and dual-SIM. Unlike in the recent past where the dual-SIM variants of the Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs came with a hybrid SIM card slot, the XZ Premium Dual will go back to the dedicated microSD card slot that we saw in 2015 flagships – and before.
With a dedicated microSD card slot, it means that buyers of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium Dual will be able to have two SIM cards on the phone as well as a microSD card. The dual-SIM variant has been confirmed to carry model number G8142 while the single-SIM variant has model number G8141. In terms of other specs, they remain unchanged.
The Xperia XZ Premium will ship with a 5.5-inch display screen with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K) and a pixel density of 807ppi, same as the Xperia Z5 Premium from 2015. However, the GFXBench listing suggests that the default resolution will be tuned to 1080p, just like the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The screen and the glass part of the body are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 and the entire body is also IP68 certified for dust and water resistance.
Under the hood, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.45GHz and is paired with an Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. For the cameras, the flagship gives you an impressive 19MP shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture, EIS, HDR, LED flash as well as predictive phase detection and laser autofocus. In addition to recording up to 4K videos, the XZ Premium will also be able to get you 720p videos at an impressive 960 frames per second.
The front camera has a 13MP lens with the same aperture as the main shooter as well as support for 4K video recording. To keep the phone going is a 3230mAh battery unit that supports fast charging technology via a USB-C port and in terms of software, there’s Android 7.1 Nougat running the show. As usual, the Xperia XZ Premium’s side-mounted fingerprint scanner will be region dependent, with those in the U.S. set to miss out on this feature once again.