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Sony Xperia X Premium could be first ever HDR smartphone

Sony could be winding up to release the first smartphone with an HDR display.

The Japanese manufacturer unveiled its new Sony Xperia X series at MWC 2016 back in February. These were to be top-end handsets with “next-generation technologies in camera, battery, and design”.

Now a report has emerged claiming that the next big addition to the series will be the Sony Xperia X Premium, which will feature a very special display.

According to Phone Radar, the Sony Xperia X Premium will be a direct replacement for the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. Which you might have guessed from the name.

The Xperia Z5 Premium, of course, was the first smartphone to sport a 4K display. In line with that, the Xperia X Premium will feature a screen-related first of its own.

While its 5.5-inch Whitemagic LCD display will only have a 1080p resolution, claims the report, it will be the first to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) playback.

It seems the X Premium’s display will offer 1000 nits of white brightness, and will be able to go up to a maximum brightness of 1300 nits. That’s roughly twice as bright as your average flagship phone display.

Meanwhile, the X Premium display will boast a staggering colour depth of 1.07 billion, where even the best smartphone display can currently offer ‘only’ 16.8 million. The 256 shades of RGB colours currently on offer will give way to 1024 in the X Premium’s 10-bit display, and the refresh rate will hit 120Hz.

Related: What is HDR TV?

As anyone who monitors TV technology will know, HDR is the new buzzword in the high-end television set market. HDR technology and content enables a much wider and richer range of colours to be displayed, including much brighter whites and much deeper, darker blacks.

Essentially, HDR pictures are much more true to life than current, non-HDR pictures.


Aside from this component, the X Premium will allegedly be powered by a standard Snapdragon 820 CPU with 3GB of RAM, and will be fed by a USB Type-C port.

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