Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review: The Showstopper: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Other Apps

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium we have for review is the single-SIM version (G8141). A dual-SIM version will also be available on some markets with a model designation G8142. That one uses a hybrid slot for the second SIM card, shared with the microSD card.

The call log is separated from the contacts, but there's a shortslit to those in the upper correct corner. It can be filtered by missed, incoming and outgoing calls. Smart dial is supported too.






Dialer with smart dial • Call log • Phonebook • Favorites

Loudspeaker

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has front-firing stereo speakers, just like every Sony flagship since the Xperia Z2 (and some recent midrangers too). In principle, we'll hold this setup over any other in a heartbeat, but Sony's speakers are modest in terms of loudness, falling in the Below Average category in our test. None of the major competitors truly excels here, yet they are all ahead of the Xperia.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 66.6 65.2 66.9 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZ Premium 62.9 65.2 71.6 Below Average

Sony Xperia XZs 62.4 65.5 73.3 Average

OnePlus 3T 61.0 69.3 78.3 Good

Samsung Galaxy S8 66.2 70.5 72.5 Good

LG G6 66.8 68.8 74.5 Good

Apple iPhone 7 Plus 68.3 72.2 72.9 Good

Huawei P10 Plus 64.8 69.8 82.5 Good

Huawei P10 67.7 70.0 83.6 Very Good

Sony Xperia XA Ultra 88.9 79.3 82.7 Excellent

Other apps

Lifelog tracks a host of daily activities, including walking, running and sleeping, but it also tracks the music you listen, the photos you take, and the apps you use. It then presents the info in a split-classy screen view with a timeline on top and detailed numbers on the bottom.






Lifelog tracks more than just steps and calories

The News app is a news aggregator, pulling stories from sources on topics of your choice. It can also issue two daily bulletins for you at a time you specify, so you don't miss out on current events.






News

Xperia lounge is Sony's own entertainment app, feeding you exclusive content and competitions related to music, movies and games.





Xperia Lounge

Oddly, there is no file manager available as a separate app. Instead, you will find it in the Settings menu in the Manage storage section.


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