(Update 01/06/2017): Sony have revealed US release dates for the Xperia XZ Premium and the XA1 Ultra. Retailing at $800, the Xperia XZ Premium will go on pre-order on June 12th. It will be available for purchase just a week later on June 19th. The Xperia XA1 Ultra will arrive later. Pre-orders will also start on June 12th;however, the phone will be available from July 2nd. Sony didn't disclsoe the US price for the Xperia XA1 Ultra.
(Update 25/05/2017): The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is getting another colour variant. Originally released in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black, the smartphone later received the Bronze Pink colour option in April. Now a red variant has been spotted online which is expected to make its way to the Japanese market first, with others following later.
(Update 17/05/2017): The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is now available for pre-order in Europe. Without a contract, the device will start at $828/£638/€749. The device will likely start shipping to customers mid-June.
(Update 27/04/2017): The Sony Xperia XA1 will go on sale in the United States on May 1st.
(Update 17/03/2017): The Xperia XA1 will be arriving in Europe on April 10th and should be coming to the market at around $280, with the XA1 Ultra still on for a summer release and a slightly higher price tag. The Xperia XZ Premium is expected to launch between the two, some time during late April or early May.
The features and specifications of all three devices are listed below:
Xperia XZ Premium
This is Sony's flagship smartphone, featuring all the latest technology Sony can possibly throw at it. The phone is not expected to be released until Q2 of 2017 given its only just been announced, so there is no expected release date or price as of yet. That being said, from what we have seen at Mobile World Congress 2017, there are some serious stand-out features and a lot of information confirmed for the device itself prior to release.
First of all, we have the screen, which will be a 4K HDR display measuring 5.5" corner to corner. This is the first of its kind and Sony is really showing off the screen in particular, boasting Corning Gorilla Glass which will also be brought round to the back of the device, with the whole phone being beautifully crafted out of a Glass and Aluminum combination.
A brand-new camera has been fitted to the device, bringing a completely new era of smartphone cameras along with it. The new 19MP EIS camera supports 960 fps filming at 720p, plenty more than any device of its kind has ever achieved. This is accompanied by full HDR support and its own RAM allowing for the camera to record smoothly and to give the user a preemptive touch-shot feature. The front-facing camera is not to be a let down either, with a 13MP 1080p camera located at the top left of the device. Along with all modern Xperia devices, the XZ Premium brings IP68 dust/water proofing to the table and is moving up to USB Type-C for charging.
To power the whole device, a Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor at 2.45GHz and Adreno 540 GPU are under the hood, along with 4GB of RAM, a 64GB internal storage and up to 256GB of expandable MicroSD storage. There are to be both Single-SIM and Dual-SIM options for the device too. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the side of the device and the battery is a 3230mAh Quick Charge 3.0 battery.
Upon launch, the device will be running Android Nougat 7.1 and will even have support for H.265 video playback.
This is to be a more mid-tier smartphone, featuring a lot of new features but at a more competitive cost. It will be released on April 26th 2017 but its price is currently unknown.
The device sports a 5" 720p display with an 8MP front-facing camera above it and a 23MP rear facing camera on the back. This is one of the thinnest devices of the year, at only 8mm thick, yet it doesn't lack on build quality with its aluminium finish. As per usual with Sony devices, the fingerprint scanner is to be found on the right of the device, along with the much liked camera buttons and volume buttons.
Under the hood, we see a MediaTek MT6757 Helio P20 Octa-Core chip, paired with a Mali-T880MP2 GPU. All this is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable to 256GB through external MicroSD card). To power all this hardware, Sony have used a Pump Express+ 2.0 fast charging battery that stores 2300mAh and upon launch the device will be releasing on the Android 7.0 Nougat OS.
Xperia XA1 Ultra
Big brother to the above mentioned XA1, the XA1 features mostly the same specifications, with a few minor changes detailed below.
The XA1 Ultra is expected to release later in Q2 alongside the XZ Premium. It is to be a 6" device with a full 1080p display, with the same rear facing camera as its smaller sibling, but an improved front-facing camera with 16MP. Inside the device, the majority of the internals are the same, though the RAM is upped to 4GB and there is a 64GB internal storage model available. The battery has the same technology as mentioned above, but instead boasts a 2700mAh capacity. No known price is given for the device, but it should fit comfortably between the prices of the standard XA1 and the XZ Premium.
Last modified on Thursday, 01 June 2017