Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium review

6.8/10 AVG.
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6.8/10
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The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

Unless a 4K HDR display or low-light video are must-have features for you, most reviewers recommend passing on this pricey Sony release.

What's good

  • Stunning 4K/HDR display
  • All-day battery life
  • Great speakers
  • Solid performance
  • microSD support
  • Excellent low-light video
  • Decent normal and low-light photography

What's bad

  • Price
  • Chunky design
  • Slippery and prone to falling off surfaces
  • Odd fingerprint scanner placement

As smartphone prices creep ever upward, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium becomes the latest release to push boundaries into or near the four-figure mark. But when you’re talking those kinds of prices, you need an experience that justifies the expense. While Apple and Samsung both rule the top of the charts consistently, Sony isn’t quite as well known. Does their latest luxury release have what it takes?

Looking at the phone, it’s easy to see why the reviews are so conflicted. On one hand, the sleek curved lines and chrome finishes provide a modern look that stands out from everything else on the market. Unfortunately, so does the size. The Xperia XZ2 Premium is one of the thickest, heaviest releases of the year. 

Reviewers noted that while I was comfortable to hold in the hand, it was too large to use with one hand in most cases. It also had a habit of sliding off of surfaces and out of pockets. So if you’re worried about keeping your phone looking new, a case is a must.

Around front, you’re greeted by a 5.8-inch 4k IPS display with HDR support. It’s in the older 16:9 format -- so you’re looking a short, wide screen instead of a long, trim one. This also means you’ll find a substantial chin and top bezel. On the quality front, reviewers raved about the screen -- especially when watching 4K HDR video on Netflix or YouTube.

However, to help save battery life, Sony displays most apps and games in 1080p unless they specifically request 4K. So don’t expect it convert standard apps and games to 4K.

Sony chose an octa core 2.8Ghz Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB of RAM to power the phone. While this is a similar arrangement to many flagships, reviewers noted that the Xperia XZ2 Premium felt snappier than most. From the latest games to heavy multitasking, the phone took everything thrown at it without breaking a sweat.

The phone includes 64GB of internal storage. Should you need more room for apps, games, or media, microSD support for cards up to 400GB makes expansion easy.

The phone ships with Android 8.0 Oreo. Sony made subtle tweaks to the interface and reviewers found them mostly satisfactory -- apart from an issue with icons shifting on the notification bar. Unfortunately, they also loaded the phone down with bloatware you can’t uninstall. 

The cameras are the real star of the phone. To the point that some called it a better camera than phone. The rear camera setup consists of two lenses -- a 19MP color lens and a 12MP monochrome lens. When pictures are taken, the phone can combine the images for improved contrast and more accurate color. 

Reviewers found the camera good, but not great considering the price. 

The standout feature here was low-light video. Reviewers noted that no other phone can record low-light video like the XZ2 Premium. Unfortunately, they also found that it lacks the image stabilization of much of the competition. So while you capture details other phones can’t, you also capture every bump and breath along the way.

On the audio front, reviewers raved about the clarity and volume of the stereo speakers. But for private listening, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone includes a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter if you don’t mind carrying it around.

Some reviews also mention the inclusion of a pair of bone induction Xperia Ear Duos headphones. While other mention that the slots in their boxes were empty. We’re unsure if this was an issue with review units or if it’s a regional deal. While the headphones help to shift the value of the phone’s hefty price tag, we’d recommend checking with your vendor before purchasing if it’s an important consideration for you.

Finally, the phone’s battery life impressed most. The 3540mAh battery with USB Type-C and Quick Charge support was more than enough to last a day and helped many reviewers stretch into the second day with ease.

In the end, the biggest problem was the price. Most reviewers felt the phone didn’t offer the same experience as the Apple iPhone X or Samsung’s Note 9. Digital Trends says, “... its spotlight features cater to a niche audience, and they’re not good enough to make this phone exciting to use.” Android Headlines says, “It’s the price and the size of this device that brings down its other desirable traits the most, and while it’s far from being a bad device by any measure, it’s not going to be easy to justify this high cost for many folks.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.8 GHz
Screen Size
5.8"
Camera
19+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

This is a niche, specialist device for a hardcore audience who demand the highest spec possible – even if that comes at the expense of basic usability. This is a phone that can both shoot and display 4K HDR content, backed by cutting-edge performance and wireless charging. But it’s also excessively...

- Jon Mundy, TrustedReviews
Expert Reviews

What the Sony Xperia XZ2 does well, it does so spectacularly. Watching TV and films on that 4K HDR display is a wonderful experience, and its HDR video capture and super-slow-mo recording capabilities set it apart. But these premium features are the best it has to offer; everything else about the ph...

- Tom Bruce, Expert Reviews
Notebookcheck

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium follows the XZ2 design refresh and succeeds in delivering a largely flagship experience, albeit with a few drawbacks. The UHD display should prove to be a head-turner for enthusiasts.

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Tech Advisor

There's no doubt that the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has some interesting things to offer. It namely has a 4K HDR display and excellent rear cameras which can record 4K HDR video, as well as taking excellent photographs. That's great if you're seeking a 4K HDR phone but we're not convinced many people...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
TechRadar

This chunky number is not our pick of the year’s ultra-high price phones, but the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium does excel at low light video.

- Andrew Williams, TechRadar


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Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia XZ2 Premium on July 31, 2018.


The Xperia XZ2 Premium price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium prices from around the web here on The Informr.



Sony backs up the Xperia XZ2 Premium with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia XZ2 Premium has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.8"

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium's screen size is 5.8 inches with 2160 x 3840 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
19+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3540mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3540 mAh battery.

Xperia XZ2 Premium Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.55 W/kg
Body: 0.68 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3540 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 569 minutes
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Chrome Black, Chrome Silver, Chrome Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 7.9 x 1.3 cm (6.2 x 3.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 236 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Yes
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels
Pixel density 760 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Triluminos display, X-Reality Engine
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
19+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera, f/1.6), Super slow motion recording(960 FPS), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
ISO, Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, PPT, PPTX, JPG, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Sony H8116, H8166

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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

Niggling flaws make it feel like a missed opportunity

from TrustedReviews

This is a niche, specialist device for a hardcore audience who demand the highest spec possible – even if that comes at the expense of basic usability. This is a phone that can both shoot and display 4K HDR content, backed by cutting-edge performance and wireless charging. But it’s also excessively big and heavy, with unwieldy controls.

Read full review

This is a niche, specialist device for a hardcore audience who demand the highest spec possible – even if that comes at the expense of basic usability. This is a phone that can both shoot and display 4K HDR content, backed by cutting-edge performance and wireless charging. But it’s also excessively big and heavy, with unwieldy controls.

Read full review

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Expert Reviews

A plus-sized disappointment

from Expert Reviews

What the Sony Xperia XZ2 does well, it does so spectacularly. Watching TV and films on that 4K HDR display is a wonderful experience, and its HDR video capture and super-slow-mo recording capabilities set it apart. But these premium features are the best it has to offer; everything else about the phone is either average or sub-par.

Read full review

What the Sony Xperia XZ2 does well, it does so spectacularly. Watching TV and films on that 4K HDR display is a wonderful experience, and its HDR video capture and super-slow-mo recording capabilities set it apart. But these premium features are the best it has to offer; everything else about the phone is either average or sub-par.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

A real heavyweight

from Notebookcheck

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium follows the XZ2 design refresh and succeeds in delivering a largely flagship experience, albeit with a few drawbacks. The UHD display should prove to be a head-turner for enthusiasts.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium follows the XZ2 design refresh and succeeds in delivering a largely flagship experience, albeit with a few drawbacks. The UHD display should prove to be a head-turner for enthusiasts.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

4K HDR video recording and playback, but with serious sacrifice

from Tech Advisor

There's no doubt that the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has some interesting things to offer. It namely has a 4K HDR display and excellent rear cameras which can record 4K HDR video, as well as taking excellent photographs. That's great if you're seeking a 4K HDR phone but we're not convinced many people are, and this all comes at a price.

Read full review

There's no doubt that the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium has some interesting things to offer. It namely has a 4K HDR display and excellent rear cameras which can record 4K HDR video, as well as taking excellent photographs. That's great if you're seeking a 4K HDR phone but we're not convinced many people are, and this all comes at a price.

Read full review

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TechRadar

Modern tech meets a dated design

from TechRadar

This chunky number is not our pick of the year’s ultra-high price phones, but the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium does excel at low light video.

Read full review

This chunky number is not our pick of the year’s ultra-high price phones, but the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium does excel at low light video.

Read full review

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GSMArena

High-end build, premium look and feel

In the absolute highest market segment, there are both better all-rounders for the same price or more affordable devices that don't necessarily perform worse than this Xperia. If you're a Sony loyalist looking for the best the company has to offer, the XZ2 Premium is the way to go. If you're the...More

In the absolute highest market segment, there are both better all-rounders for the same price or more affordable devices that don't necessarily perform worse than this Xperia. If you're a Sony loyalist looking for the best the company has to offer, the XZ2 Premium is the way to go. If you're the more reasonable type, there are likely more sensible options.

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Digital Trends

Makes a better camera than a phone

from Digital Trends

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium impresses with its low-light capabilities, but its spotlight features cater to a niche audience, and they’re not good enough to make this phone exciting to use.

Read full review

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium impresses with its low-light capabilities, but its spotlight features cater to a niche audience, and they’re not good enough to make this phone exciting to use.

Read full review

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Android Headlines

The 4K HDR phone

from Android Headlines

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium is one of the best performing phones on the market, with an unbelievably good 4K HDR display, ultra-high quality sound output amazing vibration motors, spectacular new cameras, and a refreshed design language.

Read full review

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium is one of the best performing phones on the market, with an unbelievably good 4K HDR display, ultra-high quality sound output amazing vibration motors, spectacular new cameras, and a refreshed design language.

Read full review

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Android Police

A Sony vanity project and nothing more

from Android Police

Sony wants $1,000 for this phone, and it's not remotely worth that much. Sure you can point to the 4K screen to justify the cost, but there's no user benefit to that many pixels on a phone. The camera is good, but not as good as phones that cost $600-900. Then there's the software, which feels am...More

Sony wants $1,000 for this phone, and it's not remotely worth that much. Sure you can point to the 4K screen to justify the cost, but there's no user benefit to that many pixels on a phone. The camera is good, but not as good as phones that cost $600-900. Then there's the software, which feels amateurish at times. The Xperia XZ2 Premium seems to exist only so Sony can say it makes a phone with a 4K screen.

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G Style Magazine

The true Xperia flagship

from G Style Magazine

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is a fantastically capable device. It’s top tier specs mean that pretty much any app or game you throw at it will run super smoothly and this also goes for the phone itself.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is a fantastically capable device. It’s top tier specs mean that pretty much any app or game you throw at it will run super smoothly and this also goes for the phone itself.

Read full review

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