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Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Five things you need to know

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It's the first phone with super slo mo. But what else has it got to offer?
Sony Xperia XZ Premium Viewing

Sony is the latest big name smartphone-manufacturer to reveal its latest offering at Mobile World Congress (MWC).

The warmly received Xperia XZ Premium is aimed at taking on a raft of extremely impressive new devices from the likes of LG, Huawei and Samsung and will do so with some truly impressive specifications and features.

Want the inside line? Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Missed all the announcements from Mobile World Congress? Here's our pick of the best phones from this year's show.

1 Super slow mo video

Sony boasts that the Xperia XZ Premium is the first smartphone ever to offer super slow mo video recording.

This is all thanks to the new on–board Exmor RS sensor, featuring technology usually reserved for top–end compact cameras rather than smartphones.

The XZ Premium can record clips at an impressive 960 frames per second, picking up details that the human eye simply can’t manage.

One for those who love pasting clips to Instagram, then.

2 Top–end camera

As well as offering super slow mo, the Xperia XZ Premium has a highly promising 19-megapixel camera which can handle taking detailed shots in the dark.

Sony says this is down to the fact that the pixels on the camera are 19% larger than usual, allowing them to work better in low light.

The proof will come in the testing, of course. But it’s clear Sony is throwing all of its imaging might at its latest, greatest handset, in an attempt to outdo its rivals.

3 4K video playback

Sony has made plenty of its 4K credentials in recent years.

And now it’s bringing that to bear in the smartphone space, offering 4K, Ultra HD playback on the Xperia XZ Premium. This comes via Amazon Prime Video and its Amazon Originals shows.

However, content remains somewhat limited and you’ll need to make sure you’re near a power point and a solid internet connection if you want to watch clips without endless buffering or your battery running out quickly.

4 Long-life, adaptive battery

Sony Xperia XZ 5 Premium rear

Sony has equipped the Xperia XZ Premium with it calls Smart Stamina technology.

This is designed to maximise battery life, telling you how much power you have left based on your average usage.

It also utilises adaptive charging, found in last year’s top–end Xperia models, aimed at charging your battery smartly so it doesn’t wear out over time.

It’s these kind of features that should make the Xperia XZ Premium stand out from the pack.

5 Dust and waterproof

Sony Xperia XZ 5 Premium

As with all flagship Xperia phones, the Xperia XZ Premium is dust-proof and waterproof.

It also has a Gorilla Glass 5 display, so it can handle hefty drops without the screen smashing, leaving you out of pocket.

As always, this hasn’t led to Sony compromising on design. This phone looks great and every bit as sharp as its predecessor.

Want a waterproof phone? Here's our pick of the best.

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Tagged: mwc 2017, sony

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