Xperia XZ Premium gets JerryRigEverything treatment; build quality shines through

by XB on 10th July 2017

in Videos, Xperia X series


The Xperia XZ Premium is Sony’s flagship design, built with Sony’s trademark build quality. This has been evidenced by JerryRigEverything’s latest durability test, where he puts the Xperia XZ Premium through his scratch, bend, burn (torture) tests. It’s somewhat painful watching the Xperia XZ Premium put through these tests, but the outcome shows Sony’s build quality shine through. Check out the video below.

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  • razorg

    Although I admit its build quality is amazing, I am disappointed thst the sides are plastic. Why don’t they mill a complete aluminium chassis from a single billet of aluminium. I mean, how hard can it be?

  • razorg
  • Szabó Béla

    It would lover the signal reception. 750 ish real life download speed wouldn’t be there.

  • razorg

    The antennas are nowhere near the sides. Have you ever seen the insides of a contemporary Xperia phone. That “metal sides reduce the signal reception” misconception was brought to life by iPhone 4, because its metal sides were actually the “antennas themselves” and there was an engineering issue with them. But in Xperia’s, antenna module is usually below those LARGE bottom bezels, not even under the screen. And having glass both on top and bottom of it means no effect on reception quality whatsoever despite the metal sides…

  • Bogdan Maxim

    I dropped mine from 75 cm high on a laminate flooring. The screen and the glass from the back are perfectly fine, but the metal corner beside the camera is scratched and distorted and has a little mark on the opposite corner as well. So I’m not totally impressed with the build quality if the metal is so fragile…

  • Deads

    So the metal absorbed the impact instead of passing it on to the glass and screen

  • Deads

    its not hard, its just expensive.

  • RockStar2005

    So razorg, you’re sayin’ that having an all metal body would NOT hamper or lower signal reception?

    The HTC 10 (my current phone) is all metal, so I am wondering about that too.

  • mcchin

    No no no…. what he said is something like “Benz BMW and Volvo alike have bad build quality, since in a car wreck, the front of the car collapses and bent out of shape. Also the Airbag deployed conform to the shape of my face instead of holding on to its shape when my face hits it”

  • Khalid Abdi

    Sony Xperia’s phones don’t have bad quality because I have the Xperia Z and I have it for 4 years and God knows how many times it felt from me badly in every place but the phone is firm and great and it never broke and when we all know that Xperia Z was made from poly carbonate so when we see newer generations from the Xperia flagships it means that they’re better than the first generations.

  • Bashar Shehab

    The XZP has glass on the back and front. Metal sides won’t make a difference in signal reception

  • RockStar2005

    Ok good to know!!!!! Glad to find out that was all a myth!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks!!

  • So you buy a phone to chuck it around? What are you? A Terrorist??

  • Svnjay

    I wish Sony stopped using plastic sides.

  • Utsav Shah

    probably trying to cut down the weight?

  • MG

    Metal phones help cooling a hot phone during winter, but it creates the opposite during summer. Also holding a phone, you transfer your body heat into the phone.
    Most important is that they made the plastic look like metal, and that is that all matters.
    There are many other reasons why Sony chose plastic, and I don’t think they are dumb. Engineering is not as easy as you think.

  • Arslan Farooq

    You, sir, are funny.

  • azzido

    They wanted to strenghten the antenna’s signal.

  • Sharp Edge

    I rarely lose my temper but I hate you for supporting their decision. I don’t care if some stupid minority of morons are concerned about a metal body getting hot in the summer – I want something that feels premium and not like a fisher price toy. This is a god damn device for almost a grand – it better damn feel solid in hand.

    You want plastic? There’s a landfill of plastic phones in china – Go take a dip.

  • Sharp Edge

    Pathetic

  • razorg

    No! I definitely didn’t mean that. Bashar Sheab understood exactly what I meant. I am well aware of the “Faraday Cage” effect when using metals, however, the antenna modules in Xperia’s are nowhere near to being “encapsulated” by metal sides so it wouldn’t hamper reception quality, besides, all off the phone is glass, so having sides as metal would have no distinguishable impact on signal quality. For HTC 10, its antennas are drawn “over” the metal body, those lines on the back are antennas, so that’s another way of having a metal phone without any problems.

  • razorg

    Metal sides may get body heat from your hands fast, but they are also as fast in losing it to the surroundings, THUS better cooling for the phone overall…

  • razorg

    But the phone isn’t any cheaper than their “all metal/all metal+glass” rivals :(

  • RockStar2005

    Ahh ok! Very interesting!!!!!!!! I just want to know b/c I’m kinda hoping Sony tries their hand at an all-metal phone like my HTC 10. I feel like they should take a break from the glass/metal thing for while. So it’s good to know that if they take HTC’s approach that they could do it in a successful way.

    Thanks!

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Xperia z had awesome build quality, I can say the same for my x performance because it has survived a year now with my brutal handling of phones. Funny thing though is that I haven’t managed to crack any screen on a Sony smartphone since the Xperia arc s :) I have had the Xperia z and now x Performance since then.

  • azzido

    Why? Just because you have no clue about the engineering???

    The Fact you are a noob about tech and engineering topics doesn’t automatically means the solution is pathetic. I have no issue with NYLON sides.

  • David Horvath

    I agree, I prefer plastic and to me, plastic gives a far more premium feel and material.

  • xXENDER FREAKXx

    Hey, at least they gave u other hardware that is worth it right? Only the frame is plastic, but on the top and bottom piece is made out of metal. Plus the other hardware gave u all premium. What do u want? A metal frame? Well good luck to your phone when using it in sunlight, u are going to burn your hands and I don’t care because that is what u want

  • hmmm

    Is there a problem with dsee hx in xz premium?nothing happens whem i listen to radio and put it on or off.in z5 there was huge difference!

  • ew210

    ”glass on the back and front.” – signal can’t go trough display panel LOL but glass back is more than enough IMO .

  • ew210

    antennas like on htc and iphone are ugly though … so I prefer glass back.

  • Svnjay

    The Xperia Z1-Z5 had good signal with aluminum and glass.

  • Bogdan Maxim

    It was an accident and no one regrets it more than me.

  • Bogdan Maxim

    Ha, ha…

  • razorg

    Me too. I prefer all glass Xperia design as well, but plastic sides on a “premium” priced phone? HELL NO!

  • razorg

    That’s why the antenna modules in Xperia’s are not under the screen, but under the lower bezels. It’s sandwiched only between the front&back glass, and no other component.

  • dragonsneeze

    I’ve searched what laminate flooring was and it says it’s made of pressed wood pieces. It’s hard to believe wood can cause dents. What do you mean by distortion? Even scratching it with wood sounds weird. Maybe paint fell off or something idk. Can you post an image of the damage?

  • Khalid Abdi

    And before Xperia Z I had Sony Ericsson Vivaz and it never broke what so ever happened to it.

  • Talos the Robot

    No phone has better signal than XZ Premium. I haven’t a faster phone than this.

  • Svnjay

    Have you compared the signal to other phones.

    I don’t have a Z3+ anymore so I’m going to XZ Premium. I just want to feel as premium as the Z3+.

  • Talos the Robot

    I have seen many videos on youtube with browser and wifi speed tests against other flagships. There are so many videos to put them here, so just make a search on youtube.

  • Talos the Robot

    If the metal sides are very close to the antennas they make huge difference.

  • Svnjay

    Yes, it’s fast but that’s not how signal is determined.

  • hansip

    sure bout that? Can you explain what happens with iPhone 4 antennagate?

  • ew210

    I agree 100% , people should stop making childish excuses .. I prefer metal side rails like on the Z5 or the frame like on the Z3/Z3+ …. Z2 and Z1 was shit

  • ew210

    I know where the antennas are , but it’s just small portion of the front glass panel , that’s what I wanted to point out .

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Erm no.
    It will have a better cooling initially, until it has reach a point where it has heat soaked. Besides, a metal phone, like op said, will feel uncomfortable in the hands especially when sweaty

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    No. The aluminium on the Z5 is netting me worst signal than my Z. And speed is affected due to worst signal. And I’m talking about cellular data. Hell, my sis new XA1 with plastic back and sides are getting better 4g reception (similar to my Z) than my Z5 which is struggling to get better than H+. And did I mention I’m getting 40% less speed? 50MBps on my Z vs 30 MBps. So I applaud the XZP for using plastic as it is functionally better without losing much premium

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    They did with the X performance

  • RockStar2005

    Oh yeah, DUH! And I owned that phone too! lol Totally forgot it was all aluminum-bodied. lol

    Well they should do it again!!! lol Just METAL………….but this time use TITANIUM FTW!! lol Or Alkaleido IF titanium would make it cost too much, but I’d REALLY rather have titanium.

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    I don’t think titanium would be too expensive. They could outsource the manufacturing of the frame to a factory that uses titanium for other products too,in that way, the titanium can be reused (of course I don’t know any of this so I need help about the common use of titanium).
    But I agree, titanium and it’s renown property of being very cool to the touch at all times would make for a very cool( pun intended) phone with no need for heat pipes

  • RockStar2005

    I like the way you think Steven!! lol

    I didn’t know about the cool touch thing, but that’s even better! But also, with a titanium body, I no longer would see the reason for a case (other than screen protection). And for that they can use some kind of shatterproof glass instead of Gorilla Glass. I am tired of needing cases for phones! It’s 2017, we shouldn’t need cases anymore.

  • Talos the Robot

    See the wifi test against the S8 here. Both use the same processor but the XZP is faster.

    https://youtu.be/RGchExRacVM?t=5m35s

  • Svnjay

    Oh, okay. I guess I’ll check it out when I get my XZP.

  • Svnjay

    Aha, okay. That’s good :)

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    I’m sorry if I sound offensive. But I really was disappointed when I got my Z5. And I soon found out from the store that all Z5 devices had received complains of bad cellular signal.

  • Svnjay

    Oh okay. I had the Z3+ and did not have any reception problems.

  • MrWalker1000

    i believe its actually nylon

  • MrWalker1000

    also i believe its nylon which is not exactly just regular plastic

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    You are partially right to that. It is nylon. However it is fibreglass reinforced nylon. Look up on glass fibre polyamide, which is essentially nylon with fibreglass reinforcement. I believe this was what it was because I kept reading up on the material as I was surprised by how sturdy the glass slab felt in my hands

  • Steven Khoo Skkl

    Oh. If I’m not mistaken, a reason titanium alloy is used used in space shuttles is not only because of its very high strength to weight ratio but also due to its ability to quickly dissipate any heat. I may be wrong but just having a titanium body is a huge plus on its own.
    Lol!! I agree with you very much. I’m not wearing anything on my Z5. And despite some nicks here and there,it’s resilience to drops is a huge surprised for me.
    It’s 2017 and soon 2018. I think it’s time for phones to get more durable and not needing a case to protect their fragile body. Looking at the Samsung S8

  • RockStar2005

    Well if that’s true, that’s awesome about the heat dissipation!

    I see. Yeah I bought a clear case for my 10 but haven’t used it in a few months now. But then I thought I should get SOMETHING so I got one of those leather slip cases that you can put the phone in and take it out when you wanna use it, then put it back in again. It’s pretty nice. And when I wanna actually use the phone, I don’t have to deal with the case. lol Ironically, after I decided I need that slip case, while waiting for it to ship, I dropped the phone TWICE in 2 days! lol Minor scuffs on sides that are barely noticeable. NOTHING on front or back fortunately, so I got lucky.

    Yes! Hopefully Sony listens and goes Titanium and shatterproof glass next year!!! lol

  • V.

    In South Europe during summer, temperatures reach 45 degrees.
    A full metal body is a bad idea.
    I support Sony’s decision to use different materials.

  • brocnical

    “trademark build quality”??? The screen on my Z3 fell off and repaired 4 times. The same thing also happened to my friend’s Z3 – hardly a coincidence.

    If Sony wanted trademark build quality they should hold their phones together with screws again, and not use glue anywhere. They should also bring back replaceable batteries.

  • Pentagen

    Don’t give me that nonsense. Nokia and Dell showed that it was possible to make plastic look good years ago.

    When did people start getting the idea that aluminum is a premium, durable material anyway? It is neither.

  • singh

    They all use glue, s 7 and s8 are also bonded with glue, overtime these can slightly wear, I had z3 since 2014 sold it year ago to my friend, screen still stuck on

  • Trond Bergli

    My “pastic” ZXs have better signal than my mother’s Z3.

  • Stefanus Paulus

    I live in tropical area, and yes, my Xperia XZ with metal back drives me crazy with all those heat!!!

  • MrWalker1000

    actually I think sony with nylon polycarbonate(not just any plastic) to better absorb shock from a fall.

    Sony puts more effort into making its phone durable form drops than most other manufacturerse. Its a very durable phone.

  • brocnical

    I know they are all at it but that isn’t a good enough excuse. There was nothing wrong when they used screws!

  • MrWalker1000

    yup it also hides the atena line as well. and im guessing sony decided to go with metal sides because of the constant complains, and look at how ugly the antena lines are on the XZ1.

    on the XZ premium the antena lines are hidden beneath and the nylon plastic also makes it more drop resistant.

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