The third-gen Premium comes with Sony's first dual camera, a larger 5.8-inch display that is still 4K, and a due upgrade in the internals, all in a chunky package. Let's see if the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is worthy of its name.
The display certainly appears to be - Sony pioneered 4K smartphone displays with the Z5 Premium and some three years later it remains the only maker to offer the impossibly high resolution. This time around, it's grown a bit - 5.8 inches in diagonal vs. the two previous generations 5.5 inches. So only 765ppi then.
And isn't the Premium just the perfect vehicle for Sony's first dual camera? Joining the familiar 19MP shooter is a secondary 12MP one - this one sees the world in black and white with a large 1/2.3" sensor, big 1.55µm pixels, and bright f/1.6 aperture.
Perhaps the third most important bit about the XZ2 Premium would fall in the cons section, however, and that's before we even unpack it - its size and weight are topping the charts, and not really in a good way.
By this point, there are hardly any surprises in the rest of the hardware. There's the Snapdragon 845 in charge of number crunching, 6GB is plenty of RAM and the 64GB of storage can be expanded by up to... well, the largest capacity card you'd be willing to pay for. There's no 3.5mm jack which isn't out of the ordinary anymore and neither is the IP rating for dust and water protection, though one of these is bad and the other's pretty great.
The phone comes in an understated gray box with a big X printed on it and a shiny 'Xperia' logo etched onto the lid - gone are the colorful boxes of the early Xperia Xs. Inside, other than the phone itself, you'll find an AC adapter that's Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 and Mediatek Pump Express+ 2.0 compliant and is rated at 5V/2.7A, 9V/1.8A, and 12V/1.35A. There's a USB-A to USB-C cable to go with it too.
A USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter is also included so you can connect your legacy headphones despite the legacy-free wired connectivity port selection. Our 'special' reviewers' bundle didn't have a headset included, but some retail packages do pack a pair of earbuds - oddly enough, with a 3.5mm connector at the tail end, go figure.
"They've done it the Huawei way" would be cool if they had just said Huaway
wdym, note 9 has way lower resolution screen... 1440p < 2160p