We've had the opportunity to get our hands on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony’s latest flagship device. This phone is a beast in size and performance. The XZ Premium is 6.14 inches tall with a 5.5 inch 4K HDR screen. It also comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Sony has packed this phone with some amazing features.

Xperia XZ Design: Industrial

The Sony XZ Premium is beautifully crafted from glass and metal. Unfortunately Sony haven’t moved with the competition when it comes to looks. The XZ Premium seems quite industrial with the absence of curved bezel. Sony has kept the same design as previous flagship Sony models. Unfortunately against the current flagship devices in the market it looks dated.

The sheer size of the device is another factor. No one handed functionality makes it awkward to use initially. However, having used it for a few days, you will get used to the design and appreciate that it packs so much in!

Xperia XZ Usability: A big phone that grows on you

As noted, the design of the XZ Premium is not the most ergonomic to hold initially, but you will adapt to it. The Sony staple of having the fingerprint scanner on the side is very quick to unlock.

One of the key features of the XZ Premium is that it holds the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This is the engine under the bonnet for the XZ Premium, and it doesn’t disappoint. The phone is extremely responsive and very reliable. The processor's sheer power allows the phone to show off some of its key features, like the super slow motion recording. It also powers the class leading 4K HDR display.

Xperia XZ Premium Display: 4K HDR

A 4K HDR display is a first, not just for Sony, but for mobile phones. The screen on the XZ Premium is crystal clear, though it's only when directly comparing with other devices that you'll truly appreciate the 4K quality. Sony are on to a winner here. With streaming more popular, the XZ Premium offers an optimal smartphone viewing experience. You won’t be disappointed with the sound either.

Xperia Premium Camera

Sony always set the bar with the camera on their flagship devices and the XZ Premium is no different. You have a 19MP Motion Eye camera. This allows you to take professional quality photos day or night. Predictive capture will take 4 photos before you hit the button. This means you won’t miss any of those all-important moments. We've already touched on the super slow motion feature. It can capture 960 frames per second which is outstanding.

Xperia XZ Premium Review Summary

The XZ Premium is a big phone with big characteristics. It's no wonder it won 24 awards at Mobile World Congress 2017, it's out on its own in so many ways. The phone is reliable, instinctive and powerful. You know it won't let you down and when you hold it, you know you're holding something of power and quality.

You can get the Sony Xperia XZ from €699.99 on prepay or from free on a bill pay contract. Call into selected Carphone Warehouse stores or find your nearest store here.