Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium with Dual-Rear cameras officially unveiled

Sony's dual camera Xperia XZ2 Premium takes ultra-low-light photos

Sony does not have a price to quote but it says the Xperia XZ2 Premium will start selling this summer in Chrome Black and Chrome Silver options.

Sony's first dual-camera smartphone, the Xperia XZ2 Premium employs a 19-megapixel colour lens and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor. This camera has been given ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording and the company has claimed that it is the highest in any smartphone. But what makes Sony stand out is that their camera shoots at a much higher resolution, at 1080p compared to 720p, thus providing better videos.

Sony has not adopted the same approach as Apple, Samsung and OnePlus by adding a secondary telephoto lens. One uses a 12MP monochrome sensor while the other uses a 19MP color sensor. The dual rear cameras can capture images with bokeh effect. However, Sony is looking to outsmart everyone in the ISO performance. Apparently, this isn't a problem for Sony as they've implemented their AUBE fusion image signal processor that can capture detail and reproduce it for an end photograph or video clip. The Xperia XZ2 includes a single 19-megapixel camera on the back, while the XZ2 Premium offers the services of a dual-camera setup. The XZ2 Premium's speakers themselves use the same S-Force Front Surround system as the XZ2, with Hi-Res Audio, DSHEE HX, and LDAC support. And if the revamped design of the current XZ2 models haven't grabbed you, Sony is betting that an improved camera on the Premium version of the phone will.

Still, if you can get your hands on one - and afford to do so - it looks like the superior of the two high-end Xperia devices revealed so far this year. The handsets will be available at BestBuy.com starting April 20 and from other retailers, including Amazon, starting May 20. When shooting stills, the XZ2 Premium could reach a maximum ISO of 51,200. On the front, it sports a 13-megapixel 22mm wide lens with f/2.0 aperture and Exmor RS sensor. The IP68 rated chassis of the Xperia XZ2 Premium measures 158 x 80 x 11.9 mm and weighs 236 grams. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 6 GB RAM (instead of 4 GB on the standard model) and 64 GB of storage (expandable up to 400 GB). The device is backed up by a 3,540 mAh battery. Just like the XZ2 Premium, the display supports HDR.

Now, let's talk about the biggest upgrade in the XZ2 Premium; its camera. Of course, it will run on Android Oreo OS. Considering that the Xperia XZ Premium costs $800, don't be surprised to see its successor going for $900 or more.

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