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Sony Xperia XZ Premium hands-on review: the 4K smartphone with Snapdragon 835

Sony Xperia XZ Premium design and build quality

Anyone expecting a revolution in design in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be disappointed. On this point, however, one can always disagree. Over the years design of the Xperia smartphones has become more refined, and loyal Sony fans have come to see the high recognition value of the Sony smartphones as a brand trademark.

Sony has certainly focused on the details for the new Xperia XZ Premium. The timeless OmniBalance design has been retained and the fingerprint scanner is still in the power button. A dedicated camera shutter button has been added, and can be found on the upper right edge when holding the phone horizontally.  

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Sony stays true to the OmniBalance design principles. / © AndroidPIT

Since Sony’s OmniBalance design is rather unspectacular to the lay person, the Xperia XZ Premium needs something else enticing to draw people to it. So, Sony offers the XZ Premium, like the Z5 Premium before it, in a very eye-catching Chrome color version. Both color versions, Chrome and Black, are protected against scratches on the front and back with Gorilla Glass 5. Gorilla Glass 5 is less vulnerable compared to the fourth generation, and it can withstand a fall from a greater height (1.6 m vs 1 m).

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The camera gets a physical button on the side. / © AndroidPIT

Unfortunately, the high-gloss finish covered with glass on both sides has a huge disadvantage: it’s a fingerprint magnet. You either have to wipe down the phone after each time you touch it, or cover it with a case. On the other hand, the build quality of the mix of the metal frame and the glass is outstanding.

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