Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: The showstopper

The showstopper

GSMArena team, 12 May 2017.

Phone

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium we have for review is the single-SIM version (G8141). A dual-SIM version will also be available on some markets with a model designation G8142. That one uses a hybrid slot for the second SIM card, shared with the microSD card.

The call log is separated from the contacts, but there's a shortcut to those in the upper right corner. It can be filtered by missed, incoming and outgoing calls. Smart dial is supported too.

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Dialer with smart dial • Call log • Phonebook • Favorites

Loudspeaker

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has front-firing stereo speakers, just like every Sony flagship since the Xperia Z2 (and some recent midrangers too). In principle, we'll take this setup over any other in a heartbeat, but Sony's speakers are modest in terms of loudness, falling in the Below Average category in our test. None of the major competitors truly excels here, yet they are all ahead of the Xperia.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 66.6 65.2 66.9 Below Average
Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia XZs 62.4 65.5 73.3 Average
OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good
Samsung Galaxy S8 66.2 70.5 72.5 Good
LG G6 66.8 68.8 74.5 Good
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 68.3 72.2 72.9 Good
Huawei P10 Plus 64.8 69.8 82.5 Good
Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good
Sony Xperia XA Ultra 88.9 79.3 82.7 Excellent

Other apps

Lifelog tracks a host of daily activities, including walking, running and sleeping, but it also tracks the music you listen, the photos you take, and the apps you use. It then presents the info in a split-screen view with a timeline on top and detailed numbers on the bottom.

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Lifelog tracks more than just steps and calories

The News app is a news aggregator, pulling stories from sources on topics of your choice. It can also issue two daily bulletins for you at a time you specify, so you don't miss out on current events.

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Xperia lounge is Sony's own entertainment app, feeding you exclusive content and competitions related to music, movies and games.

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Xperia Lounge

Oddly, there is no file manager available as a separate app. Instead, you will find it in the Settings menu in the Manage storage section.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

My phone(expira premium xz) was switch off and kept for about 6 month and refused to come up again even, not showing charging when charging it. What could be the problem? What should I do pls.

  • Anonymous

The Sony xz premium Is a very good phone the camera is so sweet the selfi camera is so clear the best part the phone 4k is super good Sony did a great job

  • Ismail

I having a Sony experia zx premium Quite fine this device battery display But having lot of error for audio, poor quality, no external speaker works with meeting and conference call, and phone calls, wondering that,, it extern audio work with me...