Premium Sony Xperias is where a lot of firsts happen - first 4K display on a smartphone with the Z5 Premium, first HDR display on a smartphone with the XZ Premium alongside 960fps super slow-mo video recording, and now, on the Xperia XZ2 Premium - a dual camera for the first time on a Sony smartphone (a bit late to that party, eh?).
But what a mighty dual camera it is for a first crack at it - a couple of large, 1/2.3" sensors - one RGB and the other black and white. So, without a Bayer filter and with some large pixels you get more light reaching the sensor, higher per-pixel sharpness, and better dynamic range. Sony is also pushing the limits of sensitivity with the ISO going as high as 51,200 in stills and 12,800 in video.
One caveat, though, and we'll be repeating this a bunch of times - the software on the Xperia XZ2 Premium is pre-production - as far as we know, that goes for all the XZ2 Premium units you see tested online. That means image quality is not yet final. And also, the portrait mode and the dedicated monochrome shooting ate not yet available - they're coming, only they aren't here just yet.
Now on to the display - as with all Sony Premiums, it's got a 4K resolution and this time around it's also grown a bit to 5.8 inches in diagonal, compared to the 5.5 inches of the older two. We're somehow willing to accept the resulting drop in pixel density below 800ppi - it's 'just' 765ppi this time.
The rest of the hardware is pretty standard - Snapdragon 845, of course, 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of storage - all the latest and greatest. Battery capacity is the largest on a Xperia Premium smartphone yet - 3540mAh is about 10% more than last year's model.
And here's a quick rundown of the entire specs list, before we go hands-on with the XZ2 Premium.
We're going to see what the XZ2 Premium can offer us but yeah, a disclaimer is due.
This is a pre-production unit running non-final software. Therefore, while the hardware is to the best of our knowledge identical to future retail units, the appearance and performance of the finalized software may differ. Hence, we'll be calling this a 'preview'.
I assume you are too naive to believe anything above ISO 800 in a smartphone camera is usable. You probably don't own a dSLR or a 28" 4K monitor to see just how garbage anything is above ISO 800 in a smartphone and how very important manual controls...