Sony’s struggles in the ultra competitive smartphone space is well documented at this point, with the company failing to find any sort of traction in the worldwide markets that matter. It’s sometimes difficult to gauge what the reasons for this steady decline may be, but a lack of effort isn’t one of them, with Sony continuing to push out solid, impressive flagship devices that are noteworthy.

Will the latest high-end smartphones that the company just unveiled here at MWC 2017 be what Sony needs to once more gain a foothold in the smartphone world? Here’s everything you need to know about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs!

Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs design and build

Sony refreshed their flagship design language and build last year with the introduction of the Xperia XZ at IFA 2016, and given that these new models share the name with the previous flagship, it’s not surprising that they share the design language as well.

Both the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs feature what Sony calls a loop design, with sides that are rounded and taper towards the front and back, and a flat top and bottom on which the phones can stand up straight. The Xperia XZ Premium is the taller and wider, but ever so slightly thinner, of the two, as a result of its larger 5.5-inch display, compared to the 5.2-inch screen of the Xperia XZs.

Apart from the size, the differences continue in the build as well. The Xperia XZs retains the build materials and quality of its predecessor, the XZ, with its metal backplate, plastic along the sides, and glass up front. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ Premium heralds a return to Sony’s build quality choices of old, with it coming with a metal frame that is sandwiched between Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panels. One more difference is that while the laser-guided auto focus system and flash on the Xperia XZs is in a vertical position below the camera unit, it moves to a horizontal orientation with the Premium.

The buttons and ports are at their usual positions on both smartphones, with the headphone jack and USB Type-C port at the top and bottom respectively, and the power button with an embedded fingerprint scanner, volume rocker, and a dedicated camera shutter button all on the right side. The one difference here is that while the volume rocker goes below the power button on the Xperia XZs, it is found above the power button on the Xperia XZ Premium.

Sony has always shown a certain penchant for beautiful design and solid build quality, and these smartphones are no exceptions. However, in a world where we are increasingly moving towards bezel-less phones and more and more compact devices, the top and bottom chin seen on both smartphones and the resulting larger footprint overall may be especially glaring to some.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs specs and special features

While the Samsung Galaxy S8 was expected to be the first smartphone to ship with the latest Qualcomm processing package, and that may well be the case, with there being no clear indication as to when the Xperia XZ Premium will be available, the latter is still the first to officially be announced with the Snapdragon 835 processor on-board, with the Adreno 540 GPU and 4 GB of RAM backing it.

On the other hand, the Xperia XZs doesn’t upgrade the processor much when compared to the XZ, and retains the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Adreno 530 GPU, but with a boost in RAM to 4 GB to accompany it.

32 GB and 64 GB of on-board storage are the variation available with the Xperia XZs, while 64 GB is the only option available for the Xperia XZ Premium. Both smartphones will offer expandable storage via microSD card, for up to an additional 256 GB of space.

Both smartphones are come with an IP68 rating for dust and water protection, which means that the devices can be submerged at depths lower than 1 meter, for an extended period of time, and while under pressure.

 Sony Xperia XZ PremiumSony Xperia XZs
Display5.5-inch Triluminos Display
4K resolution
5.2-inch Triluminos Display
1080p resolution
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
Adreno 540 GPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
Adreno 530 GPU
RAM4 GB4 GB
Storage64 GB
expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
32/64 GB
expandable via microSD up to 256 GB
Camera19 MP rear camera
13 MP front-facing camera
Motion Eye system
19 MP rear camera
13 MP front-facing camera
Motion Eye system
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
USB Type-C (USB 3.1)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS + GLONASS
NFC
USB Type-C (USB 3.1)
Battery3,230 mAh2,900 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Dimensions156 x 77 x 7.9 mm
195 grams
146 x 72 x 8.1 mm
161 grams

Moving on to the displays, the Xperia XZ Premium kicks things up a notch once again, with device packing a 5.5-inch Triluminos display with a 4K resolution and HDR capabilities, while the Xperia XZs remains at a Full HD resolution for its 5.2-inch screen. Both displays come with Sony’s X-Reality Engine and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement feature.

Both smartphones come with Sony’s new Motion Eye camera system that provides 5x faster image scanning and data transfer. This will allow users to capture super slow motion video playback by recording at 960 fps, for some fantastic looking video. As far as the specs are concerned, you get a 19 MP rear camera and a 13 MP front-facing shooter with both. The camera is a huge upgrade that Sony has introduced with their latest smartphones, and we can’t wait to put it through its paces.

As far as battery life is concerned, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 3,230 mAh battery, while the XZs features a 2,900 mAh unit. We’ll have to wait to see what kind of battery life we get with these phones, especially with the high-resolution display of the Premium that it has to power, but both devices leverage Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 capabilities and Qnovo Adaptive Charging to help you get back up and running in no time.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs software

Both smartphones are running Android 7.0 Nougat, with the latest version of Sony’s own UI on top. Sony’s software package has always been very close to stock Android, but you will definitely Sony’s touch in the Settings menu, app icons, and with the built-in Themes engine. Sony has strived to provide as smooth and light a software experience as possible, and that can clearly be seen with the Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZs. As is increasingly becoming the case with any new smartphone that is being announced, both these devices will also come with the Google Assistant on-board.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZs price and availability

The Xperia XZs will be available from April 5 this year, and will be priced starting at $699.99. While the pricing of the XZ Premium is unknown, and its release date is a little vague with “Spring 2017.” One thing is certain, it is definitely going to command quite the premium, pun intended, when looking at the price point of its smaller and less powerful sibling. The color options for the Xperia XZs include Ice Blue, Warm Silver, and Black, while the Xperia XZ Premium will be available in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black.

Ankit Banerjee
My primary profession lies in the Network Design Engineering field. I have always been passionate about the latest trends in mobile communication advances around the world.
  • Shehab Skull

    yeah ! finally sony made a good thing

  • saksham

    so much for the exclusivity of SD 835 to samsung

    • Blowntoaster

      conspiracy theory: Sony has a SD 835 in their premium flagship, reported to be in the S8 first. Sony has a 960 fps camera sensor with new tech that allows for faster data transfer etc etc. Samsung uses Sony sensors in their phones…
      Maybe…Samsung gave Sony a piece of the SD835 in return for a piece of their Motion eye camera tech.
      S8 with 960 fps slow motion capture….yes please!

  • Crappleislane

    still ugly large bezels

    • Lim Ming Quan

      WITH front facing speakers. Funny how I see people complain about the G6’s LACK OF bezels.

  • Anson P

    This “Omni design” is sooo over-used…

    • Marko Požarnik

      Should they make another egg-like design like all other do to copy apple? It’s nowadays the only phone that stands off with design and it looks great (classy, more serious, professional). Some like it, some not …

  • JohnD

    $700 for last year specs? No wonder they can’t sell. They’re pricing to fail, over and over

    • Lim Ming Quan

      Last year specs? WTF are you talking about?

      • Erik Green

        For the non premium (the SD820 have been rolling around for a year now,) $700 is definitely over the top if the features isn’t the dealbreaker… a SD821 should not make the phone more expensive but would almost make it correctly priced ;)

  • AndroidUser

    Step away, for the 4Kmasterrace is back…and let’s hope this time 3rd party apps will support this resolution.

  • Francis Mendy

    Both are pretty good. The only thing I’d change are those huge bezels. Otherwise, well done Sony.

    • Marko Požarnik

      I don’t know what all people have with bezels. I already can’t hold the old Z5 premium without accidently opening the top menu or taping on something i didn’t want. I don’t know how this would be with a phone with even less bezels. I love it like it is now, but I’m aware that even sony will make less bezels on top and bottom one day. :(

  • RATNAM SONTHI

    adreno 530 in snap820, edit it out :D and while you are at it ask sony to stop being so overwhelming with the cash they demand xD

    • Tech Mate

      what is there to edit bro?

      • RATNAM SONTHI

        just a small thing brrah! it ain’t adreno 510 in snapdragon 820 in the XZs, as i already said?

  • sexyboy

    whats the different between XZs and last years XZ?

    • Lim Ming Quan

      Biggest difference is the camera.

    • Marko Požarnik

      Camera, RAM (4 instead of 3) and the option of 64 GB built in (XZ has only 32 which can be too few for many).

  • Tech Mate

    Why LG G6 couldn’t include SD835 and Xperia XZ Premium could?

    • Isaac

      LG G6 will be coming out almost a month before the Samsung s8, though the xz premium will come out after the s8. Samsung has an exclusivety deal with Qualcomm that they will be the first to get the 835. Sony made the choice to delay the phones release and get the 835. LG chose to bring it forward and lose the 835

      • Tech Mate

        That explanation was nice. I didn’t know the releasing dates of both.

  • arcwindz

    4K with 3230 mah battery… nope, pass!

  • Jake Siewer

    Is Sony finally getting their shit together?

    • Jake Siewer

      All we need is the camera and software to be good.

  • S.L Jones

    So much failure

  • Techn9cian46

    >1080p display
    >4 GB of RAM
    >Snapdragon 820
    >32 GB storage
    >2900 mAh battery
    >no stand out features
    >huge bezels
    >$699
    Conclusion: not worth it
    >4K display
    >Snapdragon 820
    >price not yet known
    Conclusion: Maybe worth it for $800 or less if the camera is as amazing as it sounds

    • hmilles

      *SD835 in case of the XZ Premium

      • Techn9cian46

        Oh shit typo