As promised, Sony has kicked off the pre-order period for its latest flagship, the Xperia XZ Premium, which will actually start shipping in a week’s time.
But while avid fans of Sony’s smartphones might have no shortage of reasons to put down a pre-order for one, those who are in the market for a high-end smartphone this year should take a “wait and see” attitude or even stay clear of this premium Sony model.
Because, in a nutshell, you won’t really be getting what you pay for.
OK, on paper, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is pretty much one of the top smartphones of 2017. After all, it is the second, third, or fourth device this year to run on Qualcomm’s latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 835.
And who can resist the tempting “4K HDR screen” that Sony is flaunting? There’s also the 960 fps super slo-mo capability and the promise of an even smarter camera.
But while all these might sound enticing and convincing, there might be practical reasons why you might not want to immediately jump on this ship. Here are five:
Missing feature #1: Double tap to wake/sleep
Just last week, Xperia Blog broke the news that the Xperia XZ Premium, as well as its less premium Xperia XZs contemporary, is lacking a feature that has so far been a staple on Sony’s flagships: double tapping on the screen to wake the phone or put it to sleep.
It isn’t a deal breaker, admittedly, and could be fixed by a simple firmware upgrade, but it is but one of the symptoms of a recurring problem with Sony’s smartphones, one that manifests in an even more problematic way for US consumers.