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Sony Xperia XZ Premium’s Killer 19MP Camera Slows Down Time, Gets 'Best New Smartphone' Award


Sony officially unveiled the Xperia XZ Premium at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017. The handset, which was mightily praised by various news outlets, will ship in the next three months.

Sony will start shipping the Xperia XZ Premium on June 1, according to Amazon UK's page for the product. The smartphone carries a £649 price tag, which equates to around $790 in the United States.

The handset's hardware will more than make up for its hefty cost. Qualcomm's new processor, the Snapdragon 835, was the reason why the phone will take its sweet time before arriving at people's doorsteps. The chip will not be available to other smartphone manufacturers - aside from Samsung - until late May.

Needless to say, Sony wants to ensure that the Xperia XZ Premium runs smoothly using the Snapdragon 835, and they're willing to wait for a few more months for it. The chipset will introduce huge performance improvements. The Snapdragon 835's diminutive size (only at 10nm FinFET process) gives manufacturers more space, meaning phones can be slimmer or carry larger batteries.

The Xperia XZ Premium's color reproduction will wow users. Its 5.5-inch 4K HDR (2,160 x 3,840, High Dynamic Range) display was originally seen in Sony's televisions and it's pretty awesome that the tech giant managed to compress that in a smartphone. According to The Verge, the upcoming phone's color reproduction involves warmer and more natural yellows along with more realistic photographs of streets, for instance.

The smartphone is equipped with a 19-megapixel Exmor RS camera that contains its own dazzling features. The snapper has the Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, Predictive Capture and the Motion Eye for 190 fps super slow motion at 720p resolution. The latter lasts for only 0.18 seconds, making it perfect for blink-and-you-miss-it moments like a falling water droplet.

The Xperia XZ Premium's Motion Eye system has fast memory embedded into it. That helps the phone's camera to start taking buffering shots the instant it detects motion. When the shutter button is pressed, the camera will immediately turn the image it was already taking into slow-mo.

Sony's upcoming flagship device was honored at the GSMA's annual Global Mobile Awards with the Best New Smartphone or Connected Mobile Device at MWC 2017 award, reported. The phone took home 30 awards at MWC from a variety of news outlets, including Tech Radar's Reader's Choice and Best Smartphone awards. Wired also bestowed the Coolest of MWC award to the Xperia XZ Premium.

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