Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium debuts with super high ISO sensitivity

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium debuts with super high ISO sensitivity

The reference to "widespread ranging" is also a bit mysterious - does that mean that if you really want an Xperia XZ2 Premium in the United Kingdom that you'll be able to order one from, say, the Sony website?

At present, a specific release date and pricing has not yet been made available but the smartphone will hit the market sometime from summer 2018.

Talking about the design, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium features a glass-metal sandwich build. The screen might be featured in the 16:9 aspect ratio and not the 18:9 screens that we are so used to seeing, but there is also a reason for that and you will soon be finding out why. It has a rear placed fingerprint scanner unit and USB Type-C audio, Stereo speaker with S-Force Front Surround, DSEE HX, and LDAC features. The smartphone bears 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB).

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The 19 MP camera is the Motion Eye camera with color sensor whereas the 12 MP camera consists of Black & White sensor. To avoid graininess in the pictures with such high ISO, Sony claims its "AUBE fusion image signal processor" can combine the data of both sensors, optimize for low light, and reduce noise. In addition, the flagship also features a dual-camera with an extremely high-level of ISO sensitivity. It boasts the world's highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording in a smartphone, as well as ultra-high sensitivity 51200 for photos [i], enabling ultra low light capture previously only seen in interchangeable lens cameras and with a bright live view-finder. The Huawei P20 Pro - sadly still not yet confirmed for a U.S. release - has been wowing reviewers with its triple camera array, for example. "It sports a 5.8" 4K (2160 x 3840 pixels) Triluminos HDR Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. There's no OIS but videos are stabilised by its 5-axis SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode.

"For snapping selfies, it is equipped with a 13-megapixel 1/3.06" Exmor RS sensor. It is powered by 3,540mAh battery that is enabled with features like Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, Qnovo Adapative charging and wireless charging. Of course, since there are twin lenses, the Xperia X2 Premium also has the usual faux-bokeh mode for portraits.

However, those who signed-up to a 24-month mobile contract to get their hands on the new hardware will be disappointed to learn that Sony has teased the launch of an all-new Xperia XZ handset. Like any Sony flagship smartphone, it also comes with IP68 dust and water resistance. But it is a big deal because Sony's phone shoots at a much higher resolution than the Galaxy S9 phones - 1080p resolution versus 720p - which means that the Xperia XZ2 Premium's super-slow video should be clearer and more detailed.

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