The SONY Xperia XZ Premium was one of the first device to be confirmed launching with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC at the 2017 Mobile World Congress. But, thanks to Samsung’s copious demands and prior dealings with Qualcomm it had to reschedule its launch to post the Galaxy S8 series’ unveiling. The Xperia XZ Premium is likely to enter the market in late May or early June.

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The SONY Xperia XZ Premium

Recently now, a German site reported seeing the benchmarks of the upcoming SONY flagship on Geekbench.  Spotted under the designation SONY G8141 which is the single-SIM variant, the smartphone scores 1943 points in the single-core tests and 5824 points in the multi-core tests. In comparison the only other device currently in the market equipped with the Snapdragon 835, the Galaxy S8 series smartphone logged 2008 and 6575 points in single-core and multi-core tests respectively. As it is yet unspecified if the SONY handset is running on final retail grade software or if it is a first production sample we cannot definitively bracket its performance although in both cases it is within striking distance of the Samsung smartphone.

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The Geekbench scores

Apart from carrying the Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with Adreno 540 GPU, the SONY Xperia XZ Premium has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage which can be augmented via a microSD card (up to 256 GB). The display is a 5.46-inch 4K (2160 x3840) LCD panel clad under Gorilla Glass 5 with SONY’s proprietary Triluminos technology and is compatible with HDR10 standards. Powering all this hardware is a 3230 Li-Ion battery while the software is a minimally skinned flavour of Android, v.7.1, Nougat.

The camera at the rear is a 19-megapixel sensor sporting SONY’s latest Motion-Eye technology which allows it to capture HD (1280 x720) content @960fps. Apart from this, the sensor has a f/2.0 aperture, SteadyShot 5-axis optical image stabilisation, a LED flash and a “predictive capture” feature that starts capturing pictures before you depress the shutter button. The selfie camera up-front is a 13-megapixel sensor, with a f/2.0 aperture tweaked for improved low-light performance and can also capture full-HD (1920 x1080) video.

For hardware interconnectivity and charging purposes, SONY has provided the Xperia XZ Premium with a USB Type-C connector and 3.5mm audio jack. For connectivity the XZ Premium supports various 4G LTE bands, WiFi 802.11 up to ac standard (dual-band), Bluetooth v.5.0, NFC and A-GPS. The device sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner in certain regions and omits it in others (most notably US version). The Xperia XZ Premium is IP 68 certified for dust and water resistance capability. It will be available in Luminous Chrome, Deepsea Black and Bronze Pink colour options.

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