BARCELONA, Spain—Mobile World Congress is well underway, and the latest flagship to pop up is Sony's Xperia XZ Premium. If the LG G6 is a rejection of the specs race in favor of a slick new design, the Sony Xperia XZ is the complete opposite—the same boring old Sony design with a monster spec sheet. How monstrous? How about a Snapdragon 835 and a 4K screen? Oh, and a camera that can record at nearly 1000FPS.
Despite the rumors that Samsung was hogging all the Snapdragon 835s for itself, Sony has brought a device with Qualcomm's top-of-the-line 2017 SoC to MWC. Of course Sony wouldn't give us a release date for this device; the launch could be months away, and the Galaxy S8 could still be the first for-sale Snapdragon 835 device ever. In the short time I had to try the XZ, it felt fast. Qualcomm promises "27 percent more performance with 40 percent less power" with the new chip. You'll need all that extra horsepower to pump out games and the occasional video in 4K.
from Xperia XZ Premium hands on: Sony powerhouse has a Snapdragon 835, 4K LCD