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Why the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium probably won’t get a UK release

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium: Specs, release date, price and all you need to know

Sony has quietly pulled the wraps off the Xperia XZ2 Premium, which follows on from the Xperia XZ2 unveiled at this year’s MWC. Here’s everything you really need to know, including the Xperia XZ2 Premium’s specs, release date, and price.

On paper, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium represents a significant upgrade over the plain ol’ XZ2. It boasts an improved display, camera and battery life, among other key specs – with pricing expected to match.

The biggest change is to the device’s image capturing capabilities, with Sony equipping the XZ2 Premium with a dual-camera configuration – this represents a first for the company – comprised of one 19-megapixel colour lens and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor.

A dual-camera setup isn’t exactly revolutionary these days, so where Sony says it’s differentiating the XZ2 Premium is by offering a maximum 51,2000 ISO level for still images, and 12,800 ISO for videos, with a view to being the ultimate low-light phone.

The Japanese company says its ‘AUBE fusion image signal processor’ is going to cut down on noise, as shooting this high on a phone would usually produce little more than an eye-sore, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Sony has also pimped the screen of the XZ2 Premium, giving it a 5.8-inch 4K HDR panel that should comfortably trump the 5.7-inch Full HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixel) HDR display found on the base XZ2, so those photos should look extra rich on your device.

And there are improvements under the hood, too, with the XZ2 Premium getting a boost to 6GB RAM (it still features Qualcomm’s new-gen Snapdragon 845 SoC), and a heftier 3540mAh battery cell.

In terms of a release date, we’ve got some bad news.

It doesn’t look like (according to our sources) the XZ2 Premium will be coming to the UK, despite Sony’s promise that it will be available “globally” in summer 2018 when it ships with Android 8.0 Oreo.

With regards to this decision, Sony wouldn’t rule out launching the XZ2 Premium in the UK entirely, telling Trusted Reviews:

“Given the strength of the existing Xperia XZ range, specifically the XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ Premium, there are currently no plans for widespread ranging of the handset in the UK and Ireland. This decision will be reviewed nearer to retail launch in Summer 2018.”

Pricing also hasn’t been revealed but, assuming it ships to the US, we’d expect it to be a fair whack more expensive – think up to $1000 and at least $900, compared to the XZ2’s $800 unlocked asking price in the States.

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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.

Are you gutted the UK won’t be getting the Xperia XZ2 Premium? Let us know @TrustedReviews.

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