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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Wins Award for Best New Smartphone at MWC 2017 By Beating LG G6, Huawei P10 Plus

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 9

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has won the award for the Best New Smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 that was held between Feb. 27 to March 2. It was awarded by the GSM Association (aka GSMA), a trade entity that represents the interests of mobile operators across the globe. It is the organization that hosts the MWC 2017 annual event.

The Huawei P10 Plus and LG G6 were also unveiled at MWC 2017. The impressive specs and stunning design of Xperia XZ Premium managed to beat these smartphones to win the Best New Smartphone award by GSMA.  Here are some of the amazing features of Sony Xperia XZ Premium:

Stunning Design

Even though the Xperia Z series has been discontinued, the Xperia XZ Premium still carries its Omnibalance design. It is flanked with Gorilla Glass 5 panels on the front and rear gives it a premium appeal. On the front, it is flanked with Sony’s signature front-facing stereo speakers.

One of the striking features of Xperia XZ Premium is its amazing mirror finish. It comes in two colors like Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black. The IP68 certification ensures that Xperia XZ Premium is a water and dust resistant device.  Here are some of the  official images of Xperia XZ Premium:

Marvelous 4K Display

The Xperia XZ Premium is the second smartphone from Sony to come with 4K display that offers a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Its predecessor, Xperia Z5 Premium also came with a 4K screen. The 5.5-inch Triluminous display of Xperia XZ Premium produces 40 percent more brightness and offers 801 ppi. With HDR support, it produces richer colors and better contrast.

Impressive Hardware

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first commercial smartphone to arrive with Snapdragon 835 chipset that is built with 10nm manufacturing process. It is coupled with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.

Awesome Rear Camera

The Motion Eye 19-megapixel rear camera is the first smartphone to support super slow motion HD quality video shooting at 960 fps. Its Predictive Capture enabled with dedicated inbuilt memory, is capable of snapping up to 4 photos before the user presses the camera button. The result is it snaps moving images like Live Photos on iPhones. Some of the other features include hybrid autofocus, SteadyShot 5-axis stabilization, and anti-distortion.

Related: Sony Xperia XZ Premium 960 Fps Super Slow Motion Official Video Samples

Other Features

The Xperia XZ Premium features a USB-Type-C port and it runs on Android 7.1 Nougat OS. Its power button houses the fingerprint scanner. In some regions like the U.S., the fingerprint scanner feature is disabled. It is packed with a 3,230 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Pricing, Release Date

The Japanese tech giant did not confirm the pricing of Xperia XZ Premium at its launch event on Feb. 27. However, it is expected to cost $799. It is slated to launch in late spring.  The Xperia XZ Premium was unveiled alongside Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, and Xperia XA1 Ultra.

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  • Mirror-like back? Totally tacky. 4K display? Absolutely unnecessary on a mobile phone unless it can drive PSVR. I do like the more reasonable pricing, unlike the G6.

    • Gousgounis

      Google invested on VR, so any daydream capable smartphone should have a high resolution screen, suitable for VR.

  • zulfiqaralie

    looks like a Xiaomi MI3 replica

    • Oscar

      Exactly what I thought. Only aesthetic difference I see is that Xiaomi Mi3 was plastic whereas this is metal. Xiaomi should just make another Mi3 but this time with metal and the latest specs. It would sell well.

  • Features sound okay.
    But Xperias are always so butt ugly.
    They need to step up their design.
    Yeah it’s different than Apple/Samsung…
    But different’s not always good.

    • kenjisan

      Samsung sucks in product development. 1. First battery failure and explosion occurs. 2. Second, failed in IRIS security protection. 3. Third, Sony beat them in camera development.

      • I never said I prefer Samsung as a brand or for their hardware, just the S8 is looking really slick. I actually like quite a bit of that Sony phone mentioned in the post of 4 months ago (why reply in this old thread? But ok), especially the HDR and slowmo features. I just, again, don’t like the non-sexy design. Of course that’s a personal thing and I only speak for myself. I don’t find iPhones particularly attractive devices either and like Samsung are not my kinda thing, but their designs are sorta sleek. I didn’t take these because I like ’em, but they’re the norm/popular choice that Sony tries to set themselves apart from? I came from a ZTE Nubia Z9, that I purchased well over two years ago… it was well ahead of its time with edge to edge infinity display and Frame Interactive Technology. Now I’m currently rocking the Huawei P10 Plus DS. It’s no Z9 but it has the updates I was looking for: flagship dualSIM phone with dual camera set-up, IR blaster, fingerprint reader on the front, more than FHD1080p display, respecting of the 3.5mm port, etc. It’s really nice, though the camera somehow doesn’t keep up with the old Z9… eventhough it’s a ‘Leica’. LG, Nexus, etc… there’s plenty of options still though, doesn’t have to be a specific brand, just whatever works best for me or you…

  • Ionut Johnny

    This so ugly, really GSMA?

  • kenjisan

    Love the Sony Brand!! Better Security than Samsung brand. Samsung recent failed their IRIS security feature. The Sony Design and Performance is incredible. Excellent Job!!