Xperia XZ Premium is a beast when it comes to 4K video; it goes on and on

by XB on 4th July 2017

in Videos, Xperia M5, Xperia XZ series, Xperia Z3 series, Xperia Z5 series

Some Sony Xperia devices of yesteryear, used to suffer from thermal issues, which meant that these phones could easily overheat. In particular, features such as 4K video recording felt like a novelty on older Xperia devices, only lasting minutes before shutting down due to overheating.

Youtube user Phone Battles wanted to test just how far Sony has come in this record, by testing the 4K recording features of Sony’s latest phones (Xperia XZ Premium, XZs and XZ), against some of the older generations (Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium Z3+, Z3v and M5).

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a great all-round device, and the results of the video shouldn’t surprise you. Sony has done a fantastic job with the thermal performance, easily outlasting all previous devices by a considerable margin. In fact, for the first test, the Xperia XZ Premium was manually stopped as it kept going (past 2 hours and 30 minutes), while in the second test it lasted the longest before running out of storage space.

If you’re interested in how the other handsets performed, basically the newest phones lasted the longest, showing that Sony has made step-by-step progress when it comes to thermal performance. The 4K video recording times that each phone lasted are as below (this was for the second test conducted of moving images, rather than just a black screen):

1) Xperia XZ Premium: 1 hr 42 mins 37 seconds (phone ran out of storage)
2) Xperia XZs: 48 mins 32 seconds
3) Xperia XZ: 39 mins 42 seconds
4) Xperia Z5: 32 mins 07 seconds
5) Xperia Z5 Premium: 16 mins 19 seconds
6) Xperia M5: 10 mins 23 seconds
7) Xperia Z3+: 6 mins 16 seconds
8) Xperia Z3v: 2 mins 55 seconds

Thanks Moisés and Phone Battles!

  • Moisés

    On hot days (28 celsius or more) my Z3+ can resist between 8 -15 min.
    On cold days ( like 18 celsius) I could record 38 min. It stopped because since android 7.0 my cam shuts down when battery is 5% and it also ran out of memory …

  • Moisés

    Every time I watch this kind of test Z3 gives up first.
    Z3+ always does better tham z3.

  • The phone only heats with the 960fps slow-motion video

  • goldenblls

    Great. It’s nice to see they are working to sorting the overheating issue completely.

  • Peter Miliopoulos

    The Z5 Premium 16 minutes!
    What a joke, the most I can get it to record is 3 minutes.

  • Hisham

    Well, yeah, the same here. I can’t really keep the camera app open for some minutes without the phone overheating.
    But in this test, he closed all apps and put the phone on airplane mode, that is why the phone lasted longer :)

  • ew210

    or maybe he just got AC ?

  • Geralt

    that it records for less than a sec, so basically no overheat at all

  • Phone Battles

    Thanks for posting XB! I usually record my videos with Xperia phones (in 1080p, although sometimes for hours at a time). XZP is the only one that never gives the overheating message

  • Борис Михаилов

    I wonder if it would overheat if the video goes directly to a 256GB microSD.

  • Phone Battles

    My Z3 is the Verizon version (Z3v) which uses the Z2 exterior and Z3 interior. So the regular Z3 may perform better

  • Moisés

    I guess I was the first to watch. Then I told XB about it.
    Test U11 and G6 , curious to see how long they can.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    And that’s why the bezels are pretty huge on the xz premium, Sony did focus on heating issues and other more important things inside the phone :)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Yeah make a comparison between HTC u11, LG G6, galaxy s8 and ofc Xperia xz premium and show us which of the devices that can record in 4k the longest :D

  • RockStar2005

    Very impressive results!!

  • Moisés

    S8 seems to be locked to stop when it reaches 10 minutes

  • Phone Battles

    OP5 is limited to ten minutes. U11 limited to 6. S8 is 10. G6 I think is capped as well, but not certain

  • azzido

    Excellent job. Finally they sorted it out.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Must be to prevent overheating, it’s so compact it easily build up heat :p

  • theskig

    My Z5 Premium in this very very hot summer can’t record more than 1:30 of fullHD 30fps video.
    And if you’re using the phone for browsing or gaming and you try to open the camera app it shuts down after 1 second. I don’t know if it’s Nougat or not, but last summer I remember better performances

  • Biancoceleste

    That’s shameful. My now more than 3 year old Z2 can record half an hour of 4K.

    2017 and Samsung still has issues with lag and also 4K recording, all whilst having the best hardware out there.

  • iia3ezu

    Phone Battles, formerly known as Xperia Fan

    Until some unbiased tech reviewer does a proper comparison, this ‘review’ should not be taken seriously.

  • I wonder how this phone does with Android Auto in the summer. My XZ could cook an egg whenever I’m using Android Auto in the summer and makes AA not very fun to use. I hope this means good things for AA in the future.

  • Sony’s Xperia phones are THE beast. It doesn’t explode, it doesn’t bend, it doesn’t require a certain key figure to make it alive. Nuff said.

  • TimmY

    How much proper do you want? Start the recording and put a timer on it. Simple. And it’s a 4K Heat test for Xperia phones, not a “review”.

  • I only got it toasty with barely one bar of LTE.

  • I got it recording for 10 minutes on an overcast night.

    Get it up to 7.1.1. That helps SIGNIFICANTLY.

  • Daniel khazaei

    I don’t what is wrong with your z5p guys, I have just tried to test how long my z5p can record 4k video before a temperature warning! We have a pretty hot summer here about 30C…

    It managed to record more than 20mins without any temperature rising warning and it stopped due to internal storage becomes full…device temperature was steady at 52-51C during recording!

  • theskig

    I think it really depends on ambient temperature. Now I’m in Sardinia and the temperature is little bit colder than at my place and again no issues, I can take many pictures without the warning temperature icon or shutting down the cam (of course if the phone is not used. If you play a game or browse the phone gets hot without problems exept using camera :(

  • Alvin Zahran Majid

    Depending on room/environmental temperature around you.

  • Kyle325

    Didn’t expect to see my Z5 last a half hour. I love the phone so much, as all things Xperia, but it over heats in many areas quickly.

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