Monday, February 27, 2017

Sony Xperia ZX Premium - 960 fps slow motion on a smartphone

Sony has unveiled their flagship smartphone for 2017 . The new ZX Premium , a new addition to the ZX lineup is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor , an enhanced design and a 19 mp camera with 960 fps slow motion  a 4K display and much more

Design , Display and Processor

Design wise , the new Sony ZX premium builds on Sony's timeless design process with wrap around Gorilla glass 5 surfaces and IP68 dust and water resistance . This design is also aided by a heat pipe layout found on many modern flagships today . The design also has a side mounter fingerprint sensor and the gorgeous 4K HDR display .Also included are dual S force stereo speakers .

Display wise , the new phone brings their proven 4K HDR technology to the mobile world once again , last seen on the Z5 Premium , the new IPS display(3840x2160p) is supported by Sony's Triluminous display technology and X reality image processing engine and HDR 10 .The display is protected by Corning gorilla glass 5

Processing power is provided by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835(8998) clocked to 2.45 Ghz (an Octacore chip) . The new chip supports upto 1G/bit of wireless broadband internet speed and has Adreno 540 GPU as well . The Snapdragon 8998 chip is mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with MicroSD expansion .


As we stated earlier , Sony will be including their super slow-motion "Motion Eye" capable Smartphone sensor on this smartphone . The sensor , which includes a layer of   Dynamic RAM (DRAM) between the BSI image sensor and the circuit section . This new sensor - which has 19 effective megapixels is also a 1/2.3" sensor which puts in the same class as most high end action cameras of today .The sensor however can capture 19.6 megapixels in 1/120th of a second using its electronic shutter .

As for video , the sensor's new addition of the DRAM enables it to create a buffer for slow motion video upto (hypothetically) 1000 fps in 720p - a stunning feat indeed (provided software is enabled by the vendor) . The sensor is capable of 60fps on 4K (Whoa!) and if the hypothetically insane fps values are not met by software (clean buffer reading and more DRAM than 1Gbit ) it will still capture 240fps in 1080p as well .

This sensor puts to shame most slow motion capable smartphones and action cameras to date , although its no Phantom camera , the ability of phone sensors to capture details previously reserved for high end cameras does make the smartphone a serious threat to consumer grade camera manufacturers in the long run as well .

And the camera shoots manual / RAW images as well . It is optically stabilized and has a dual LED flash .

Up front , we have a 13MP camera capable of shooting 1080p and is a smaller 1/3" sensor with f2.0 aperture .

Battery and connectivity

The phone comes in Dual nano sim and single sim variants with LTE Cat 5 supported on both . There is also support for 24bit Audio and Quiccharging on its 3230 mAh battery via the supported USB type C port . The phone runs Android 7.1 out of the box .


Is not revealed yet , but we will update this as soon as its available . Sony is also said to officially release details on a slightly cheaper model with a 5.2" 1080p display and a smaller battery and ram capacity called the Xperia ZXs to select markets as well . This will have the same camera features of the ZX premium . details are yet to be revealed .


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