The regional flagship smartphone market is starting to get crowded and at an event last night in Dubai, Sony Mobile threw its hat into the ring with the announcement that its specced-out handset the Xperia XZ Premium will be coming to the UAE next month.
Officially revealed earlier this year Mobile World Congress, the Xperia XZ Premium features the Japanese electronics giant’s latest camera sensor that will allow users to capture video at 960fps allowing for what the company is calling “super slow motion” clips.
This translates into the ability to turn traditionally mundane things into epic moments – imagine dropping a water balloon on someone’s head and it exploding dramatically and you get the idea.
The camera sensor also features a dedicated memory stack that allows the device to snap four simultaneous photos when the shutter button is clicked, letting the user pick and choose which shot they wish to keep.
Equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor and Gigabit LTE, Sony is pulling no punches with the internals of its new flagship superphone.
Design-wise, however, the phone isn’t a huge departure from the the company’s previous flagship the Xperia XZ. While competitors like Samsung and LG are moving towards taller displays that allow for thinner bezels, Sony has opted to keep a standard 5.5in display leaving its handset looking positively bulky compared to the competition.
While the reflective, all-metal design of the device is indeed striking, our brief hands-on yielded that you’re going have to keep those hands glove-covered if you hope to keep the thing free of fingerprints.
Princing for the Xperia XZ Premium has yet to be announced, but we imagine it will be around the US$750 mark based on the specs alone. It is expected to be in stores throughout the UAE in May.