Sony Announces 4K XZ2 Premium, But Has "No Plans" to Bring it to the UK

By Tom Pritchard on at

Sony has just announced that the rumours are true, and it will be releasing an XZ2 Premium complete with a 4K display. Not only that, but it'll be the first Sony phone to come with a dual-lens camera system which Sony promises makes a massive improvement on the quality of the final picture. The bad news, however, is that the company claims it has no plans to bring it to the UK.

This news was confirmed by a spokesperson speaking to TechRadar, who had this to say:

"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 [XZ2 Premium] in the UK and Ireland.

This decision will be reviewed nearer to retail launch in summer 2018."

While that certainly leaves Sony with room to change its mind, the bad news is that anyone in the UK wanting a smartphone with a 4K display will have to manage with the XZ Premium - which will be nearly a year old when the XZ2 Premium launches elsewhere. It's a weird situation, seeing as how Sony almost always releases its new phones in the UK, but it doesn't discount the option of buying an imported model. Naturally that's likely to come with an increase in price, but it's a small price to pay if the standard XZ2 just won't do.

The phone itself comes packing a 5.8-inch display with 4K resolution and HDR, a Snapdraon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD expansion,a 13MP front camera, a dual-lens rear camera (19MP in colour and 12MP black and white), a 3,540 mAh battery, wireless charing, IP65/68 dust and water resistance, and runs Android Oreo . It's due to be released seemingly everywhere but here this Summer. [TechRadar]

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