Sony has today announced two new high-end Android smartphones, the Xperia XZ Premium and the Xperia XZs, which both use a 19MP 1/2.3 image sensor that is based on Sony's recently announced 3-layer stack technology for smartphones. The camera, which Sony calls Motion Eye, also features a 25mm equivalent lens, F2.0 aperture, laser-assisted AF and an RGBC-IR sensor for natural color rendering. In video mode it can record 4K footage and comes with Sony's very efficient SteadyShot 5-axis digital stabilization. Sony also says it has improved the panorama mode which is now capable of capturing higher resolution images. 

Thanks to the 3-layer sensor's fast readout times the camera's highlight feature is a 960 fps slow motion video mode that can record 720p footage. The new sensor technology also reduces the rolling shutter effect in both still images and video. The two new models also the same front camera which comes with a 13MP 1/3.06” sensor and 22mm equivalent focal length. 

While the camera looks impressive the Xperia XZ Premium offers the best of the best in all other departments as well. The Android 7.0 operating system is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. Images can be viewed and composed on a 5.5” display with 4K resolution that also supports HDR technology. The phone is completely wrapped in Gorilla Glass 5 and waterproof (IP68). The 3,230mAh battery supports Quick Charge and the power button doubles as a fingerprint reader. 

The Xperia XZs comes with the same new camera as the XZ Premium but, with a 5.2" 1080p screen and Snapdragon 820 processor, is otherwise more or less identical to the current XZ. The Xperia XZs will be available early April at approximately $700. The XZ Premium will launch later in spring. No pricing information on the higher-end model has been released yet. 

Sony Xperia XZ Premium key specifications:

  • 19MP 1/2.3 CMOS sensor
  • 25mm equivalent lens
  • F2.0 aperture
  • ON-sensor phase detection and laser-assisted AF
  • RGBC-IR sensor
  • 4K video
  • 5-axis digital stabilization
  • 960fps slow motion at 720p
  • 13MP front cam with 1/3.06” sensor and 22mm equivalent focal length
  • Android 7.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5.5” 4K display
  • Waterproof (IP68)
  • 3,230mAh battery with Quick Charge