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Xperia XZ Premium vs. Xperia XZs: Which slow-mo Sony phone is superior?

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony unveiled not one, not two, but four new additions to their Xperia smartphone line. In addition to cheaper models like the XA1 and XA1 Ultra, the much-anticipated XZ Premium was revealed, boasting the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

More: Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZs, XA1 Ultra, XA1: Our first take

The chip’s not the only difference, though; several new features are sure to catch your eye. Keep reading to find out how the Xperia XZ Premium stacks up against its little brother, the Xperia XZs.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZs

Size 6.1 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches (154.9 x 76.2 x 7.62 millimeters) 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches (146 x 72 x 8.1 millimeters)
Weight 6.8 ounces (192.8 grams) 5.7 ounces (161 grams)
Screen 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 5.2-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Resolution 2,160 x 3,840 pixels (807 ppi) 1,080 x 1,920 pixels (424 ppi)
OS Android 7 Nougat Android 7 Nougat
Storage 64GB 32/64GB
MicroSD card slot Yes Yes
NFC support Yes Yes
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM 4GB 4GB
Connectivity Miracast, A-GNSS, CDMA, DLNA, HPSA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Miracast, A-GNSS, CDMA, DLNA, HPSA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera 19MP Motion-Eye rear + 13MP wide angle front 19MP Motion-Eye rear + 13MP front
Video 4K video recording 4k at 30fps, 720p at 960fps, HDR
Bluetooth Yes, version 5.0 Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, barometer, compass, color spectrum Accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, barometer, compass, color spectrum
Water resistant IP65/68 IP65/68
Battery 3,230mAh 2,900mAh
Ports USB-C, headphone USB-C, headphone
Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Color offerings Luminous chrome, deepsea black Ice blue, black, warm silver
Availability Spring 2017 April 5
Price Unknown $700
DT review Coming Soon Coming Soon

Power and productivity

It’s almost unfair to compare these two phones. The XZ Premium, equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (not in any currently available smartphone), is miles faster than the XZs, which is stuck with a that’s-so-last-year Snapdragon 820.

The Premium comes with 64GB of onboard storage, while the XZs includes 32GB or 64GB, depending upon whether you’re rocking a single or dual-SIM setup. Both phones’ capacities can be upgraded via SD cards, and both come with a relatively standard 4GB of RAM.

Neither phone boasts a notable advantage in connectivity, though the Premium uses Bluetooth 5.0, while the XZs uses 4.2. The XZ Premium’s 3,230mAh battery is also superior to the 2,900mAh battery in its sibling, though it does have a bigger, higher resolution screen to power.

Winner: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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