Sony's Xperia XZ2 Premium makes the two-month-old XZ2 redundant

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. Sony Global

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. Sony Global

Xperia XZ2 Premium boasts the world's highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording in a smartphone, as well as ultra-high sensitivity 51200 for photos [ii], enabling ultra-low-light capture previously only seen in interchangeable lens cameras. "Xperia XZ2 Premium also offers one of the best front-facing cameras on a smartphone with its 13MP, 1/3.06" low-light sensor and display flash - for outstanding selfies in any light. Thanks to this display you can enjoy your own 4K HDR content (since this is the only smartphone capable of both creating and viewing 4K HDR).

It is also worth pointing out that the Xperia XZ2 Premium is quite heavy at 236 grams. The rear camera also supports 4K HDR video recording and 960fps Super slow motion recording in HD or Full HD.

XZ2 Premium is the first ever smartphone to feature the new Motion Eye™ Dual camera, consisting of a black and white sensor for capturing clear contrast and the colour image sensor for accurate colouring in.

While the Xperia XZ2 comes with 4 GB RAM, the Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with 6 GB of RAM. The Xperia XZ2 is a flagship smartphone that's powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. Sony Global
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. Sony Global

A Sony Mobile spokesperson told us: "Given the strength of the existing Xperia XZ range, specifically the XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ Premium, there are now no plans for widespread ranging of the handset in the United Kingdom and Ireland". We're eager to see how this phone compares not just to the rest of Sony's XZ2 lineup but other leading smartphones.

Other improvements over the Xperia XZ2 launched last month in the United Kingdom include a bump-up to 6GB of RAM, and a greater battery capacity, 3,540mAh compared to 3,180mAh. The Xperia XZ2 Premium is expected to be released during Summer 2018 which is sometime around June.

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? Dimensions measure 158 x 80 x 11.9 mm and it weighs 236g. Considering the XZ2 costs $799, expect to pay more for the Premium version, given its more impressive specs. The 5.8-inch 4K HDR display with 16:9 aspect ration looks brilliant (at least on paper) and it also comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Xperia XZ2 Premium comes fitted with dual stereo speakers with front surround. It's IP65/IP68 water and dust resistant, too.

There might not be a headphone jack added to the smartphone, but at least you are getting a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack adapter in the packaging. It'll be available globally, but pricing - and any carrier support in the USA - will be confirmed closer to release. Now, a third variant of the Xperia XZ2 has been announced that aims for the top-tier. Do let us know via the comments section.

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