Sony’s flagship Xperia XZ Premium, the Japanese company’s first smartphone with a Snapdragon 835 processor, is expected to land in Europe on June 1. O2 Germany is said to have confirmed that this is the date fans will finally get to hold the device in their hands following its official unveiling at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February.
That means the Xperia faithful in Europe will have been waiting four months for the XZ Premium following its initial unveiling — and there’s one big reason for that. Sony’s decision to use a Snapdragon 835 processor means it has had to wait until after Samsung launched its new Galaxy S8 series — which had first dibs on Qualcomm’s latest chip — when additional supplies are available for third-parties.
Alongside that chip, the XZ Premium offers a 5.5-inch 4K display — one of the first Ultra HD screens to be packed into a smartphone — 64GB of internal UFS storage as standard, 4GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a 3,230mAh battery. The device also packs a 19-megapixel Exmor RS rear-facing camera capable of shooting slow-motion video at a staggering 960 frames-per-second.
In selected markets, Sony’s latest flagship will also offer a fingerprint scanner — though the company is yet to confirm which markets they will be. Wherever you live, you are at least guaranteed USB-C connectivity and Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed.
We’re still waiting for Sony to make this release date official for Europe — only O2 Germany has confirmed it for now — so it’s probably best you don’t get your hopes up just yet. However, four months is a long wait, so we’re sure Sony is doing all it can to bring the XZ Premium to market as quickly as possible.