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Sony serves up the slo-mo Xperia-nce

Sony serves up the slo-mo Xperia-nce

A device to recently come across my desk is the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. I know many die-hard fans out there are all enamored with their Xperias for different reasons: camera, design, usability, functionality, battery life.

Let’s just say, the love affair won’t end here.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium boasts market-leading 4K display, high-end power, and that which has earned Sony its stripes – the professional photography element. The latest and greatest however is super slow motion capture.

Tried and tested, I pitted the camera up against a standing, room fan and was pretty gob smacked at the detail in the video when replaying the recording of super slow motion.

Video 1
But don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself!

To help demonstrate super slow motion on the Xperia XZ Premium, Sony enlisted photographer Cornel Van Heerden to take some video. Van Heerden is one of the great players within the photography arena in the country. But back to the point at hand, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, at the touch of a button, can capture 960 frames per second, and playback four times slower than some of the smartphones currently out there.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium undeniably has flagship specs. The phone’s performance is as good as anyone would expect from a phone bursting with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which can even be increased with a microSD.

Video 2


Under the hood this phone gets a resounding stamp of approval, so it is only fitting that the shell of Xperia XZ Premium is designed to match. It’s smart on the inside and smart-looking outside. It has an exquisite glass loop surface which when turned over reveals a luxurious mirrored effect on the back. Every aspect of the XZ Premium is unified, from its seamless flowing lines and intuitive finger-print sensor power button.

The Xperia XZ Premium is IP68 rated, so it can endure a little nose-dive into water up to a depth of 1.5m for about 30 minutes – nobody can turn their nose up at that feature because we all know accidents happen. It’s water resistant, dust-proof and reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back of the handset, stressing the fact that the Sony Premium XZ is durable but also attractive.


Video 3


The battery is maximised with Smart Stamina which uses the Xperia learning engine to estimate how long your current battery will last based on your normal usage. It will warn you if it detects that you’re going to run out of power later in the day and encourages you to activate stamina mode. Features such as Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging will look after your battery and keep it in tip-top shape.

But wait! There’s more…

Taking intelligence to the next level the Xperia XZ learns how you use your phone. It familiarises itself with you and makes recommendations for you to give you a really personal experience.

At the same time, Xperia-Tips and new Xperia-Actions offer instruction about the features you’re making use of and even suggests map downloads based on your location. Every aspect of this phone is aimed at making life that little bit easier.

Those that know me, realise it’s a good phone when my verbal review ends or even starts with: “I want it!”

I’ll let you take a guess what I said about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.


Weight: 195g
Dimensions:  156 x 77 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 8
Screen size: 5.46 inches
Resolution: 2160 x 3840
CPU: Snapdragon 835
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3,230mAh
Rear camera: 19MP
Front camera: 13MP

Competition time

As I mentioned Cornel van Heerden captured some fun moments with his Xperia XZ Premium, using the ultra cool Super Slow Mo feature. Have a look at videos 1, 2 and 3 and let me know in the comments section which one is your favourite. You could win one of five R1000 cash vouchers.

Competition closes at midnight on Sunday, 11 March 2018.



Sony Mobile Communications in partnership with Vodacom, is proud to announce an exciting deal that will see you getting more for less!

From 07 March 2018, all you need to do is sign up or upgrade to an Xperia XZ Premium, voted the world’s best new smartphone at Mobile World Congress in 2017 and receive a free Sony Xperia L1 Smartphone for only R579 p/month for 24 months – add an additional R49 p/month for 24 months and get a Sony Playstation 4 500GB freeThis offer is valid until 06 April 2018 or while stocks last, so don’t miss out!

To add to this great deal the XZ Premium device will also include a FREE ‘Made For Xperia’ cellphone cover to ensure your device is protected whilst capturing life in Super Slow Motion.

To follow all updates keep an eye out on Sony Mobile’s Facebook page and their Twitter page

 *The PlayStation deal of R49 per month for 24 months is only valid by signing up or upgrading to an Xperia XZ Premium 

**Deal valid from 07 March – 06 April or while stocks last.

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Clare Petra Matthes

Hi, I'm Clare and I am a freelance writer and Tech journalist as well as the owner and founder of where I review tech devices and also cover emerging technology news. Outside of I write for a number of publications and have regular tech slots on chaiFM radio station and eNCA's Tech Matters national breakfast TV news show.


  1. Ashton

    5th Mar 2018 - 11:36 am

    Video 1 looks SUPER amazing to me!!

    • Themba Clement Mkhize

      5th Mar 2018 - 2:51 pm

      Video 3

  2. Tiaan Smith

    5th Mar 2018 - 11:39 am

    Video 2 of the dogs are pretty special! I always take photos of my pets and keep them save so that I can have those memories forever. This s a special way of capturing beautiful memories and it’s just amazing!! That Slo-mo is on the next level! #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  3. Quintin Van Schalkwyk

    5th Mar 2018 - 11:42 am

    Video 1 is my favourite. They are all so awesome but the video 1 gets my vote. Everyone takes summer selfies but here you are, taking summer slo-mo’s! lol I am a big fan of outdoor activities and you really making me want to go out and get that phone right now!

  4. Bongiwe Mavimbela

    5th Mar 2018 - 11:48 am

    The third video is an absolute beauty, the fire 🔥🔥🔥 its lit 👌

  5. Ariel

    5th Mar 2018 - 11:51 am

    Video 2, slow motion dogs are always the best!

  6. Faeza

    5th Mar 2018 - 12:02 pm

    No3 is my favorite love how it makes you see the little stars of the starlight and the fire looks mesmerizing

    • Faeza

      5th Mar 2018 - 2:06 pm

      Im adding the hashtags now. No3 is my favorite love how it makes you see the little stars of the starlight and the fire looks mesmerizing #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  7. TIyana

    5th Mar 2018 - 12:07 pm

    I love video 2 its so amazing because I love dogs 😀

  8. Tshepo Makgatho

    5th Mar 2018 - 12:12 pm

    Video 2.

  9. thabang kgale

    5th Mar 2018 - 12:24 pm

    I like Video 2
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  10. Thembisile Tshabalala

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:07 pm

    I love video 3

  11. Seshan

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:18 pm

    Video 2

  12. Richtiee Nice-Sinnbad

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:19 pm

    I’m for video 2 with the dogs… That’s my like yeah.

  13. Stu

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:21 pm

    Video 2 is the best

  14. Naina Orrie Sheikh

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:38 pm

    wow love the cute puppies. No.2 for me is the best!
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

    Everything becomes wow with the #Xperia

  15. Thembisile Tshabalala

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:38 pm

    Video three has my vote
    Let the fire burn and keep my spirits up.

  16. Dewald

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:40 pm

    Video 2 just because i love animals and sony😀👍
    #XperiaZa #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  17. Nkanyiso Mntungwa

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:40 pm

    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition Sony Mobile ZA

    I’m loving the 2nd Picture, cuties cuddling

  18. Julie-Ann Kreusch

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:40 pm

    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #SonyMobileZA
    Video 3 its magical

  19. Wendy Naidoo

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:41 pm

    Video 3 is my favorite

  20. Ncuthwa Luke

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:41 pm

    Video 3😍😍😍😍
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #SonyMobileZA #Competition

  21. Frederick Shogole

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:44 pm


  22. Ntsoane Kganki Charles

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:44 pm

    Video 3 is the best for me

  23. Michelle Laubscher

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:51 pm

    I Love Video 2 #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  24. Rushaan Stoffburg

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:52 pm

    I just love video 2 of the 2 doggies, anything with animals make my heart happy <3 <3 #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  25. Zandile Dlamini

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:54 pm

    Video 3
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #SonyMobileZA #Competition

  26. Sasha-Lee Clarke

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:57 pm

    I LOVE Video 2! Dogs in slow mo, what more could a girl want 🙂 <3 #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  27. Losh Don Kisten

    5th Mar 2018 - 1:58 pm

    Video 3 for the win 😍🔥 – innovated #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  28. Emelia Jugdav

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:09 pm

    Video 2
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #SonyMobileZA #Competition

  29. Adrian Phipps

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:22 pm

    Video 1! Reminds me of that time I almost drove over myself with a blowkart! Not my finest moment, I blame the notorious Cape winds

  30. Ashraf solomons

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:22 pm

    Video 2 definately slow mo dogs running…..puppies for the win
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #Competition #SonyMobileZA

  31. Rush Harduth

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:25 pm

    Video 3, I am awestruck at the clarity and brilliance of picture.

  32. Leean

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:29 pm

    Oh my cutness , no.2 gets my vote.
    #xperiaZA #xperia

  33. Tania Brewis

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:32 pm

    I love Video 3 #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #Competition

  34. Alanda Osborne

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:44 pm

    Video 2 is fantastic.

  35. Krishna Suren Samlall

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:47 pm

    Video 2 is WOW Amazing #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo

  36. Salochana Naidoo

    5th Mar 2018 - 2:57 pm

    Video 3 gets my vote! #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo .. It’s really captivating, and takes my mind to the next level!

  37. Sagaren Chetty

    5th Mar 2018 - 3:02 pm

    Video 3.
    #Win Shamitha Chetty #SuperSlowMo
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  38. Carmen Josias

    5th Mar 2018 - 3:47 pm

    Video 1 is my favourite
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #Competition

  39. Thabang Sowaga

    5th Mar 2018 - 4:01 pm

    Video 2 is so mind blowing, I’m so speechless this is master peace … #XperiaZA Gosh The #XperiaSlowMo is out of this world

  40. miriam

    5th Mar 2018 - 4:08 pm

    Totally love video 3

  41. Ryan Quevauvilliers

    5th Mar 2018 - 4:24 pm

    Number 2 is amaing, love it to bits

  42. Selona Govender

    5th Mar 2018 - 5:45 pm

    I absolutely love ❤️❤️❤️ video 2 of the three furry babies playing with the ball. They’re just too cute. The slow mo feature is excellent🐾🐾🐾🐾#XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  43. Ragmat baron

    5th Mar 2018 - 7:24 pm

    Video 3 was amazing for me #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition


    5th Mar 2018 - 8:14 pm


  45. Mahlatse Maroga

    5th Mar 2018 - 9:24 pm

    Video 2 takes my breath away

  46. Lebogang Lebo

    5th Mar 2018 - 9:40 pm

    Video 3 is superb ❤️
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  47. Faith Cameron

    5th Mar 2018 - 9:42 pm

    Video no. 2

  48. Faith Cameron

    5th Mar 2018 - 9:45 pm

    Video no. 2 is my favourite.

  49. Faith Cameron

    5th Mar 2018 - 9:48 pm

    Video no.2 is my favorite

  50. Matt C

    5th Mar 2018 - 11:03 pm

    Video 2 – The hustle and bustle of those 3 little jack russells has got to be my favourite.

  51. Hanley Masindi

    6th Mar 2018 - 12:36 am

    VIDEO Too lit (look at what i did there)

  52. Delia Reddy

    6th Mar 2018 - 6:35 am

    Video 3 🔥 There is something so mesmerizing about the flames & those pretty sparkles!
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #competition

  53. Penny Namane

    6th Mar 2018 - 8:56 am

    Video 3 🔥 #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo

  54. William Chuma

    6th Mar 2018 - 9:16 am

    Video 2

  55. Realeboga Shogole

    6th Mar 2018 - 9:18 am

    VIDEO 3

  56. Mogau Shogole

    6th Mar 2018 - 9:19 am

    Video 3

  57. Rosina fikile

    6th Mar 2018 - 9:20 am

    Video 3

  58. Nicolene

    6th Mar 2018 - 11:45 am

    I Really love video nr 2 because those doggies are so cute!!!

  59. Dumisani baloyi

    6th Mar 2018 - 12:34 pm

    Video 3

  60. Dylan

    7th Mar 2018 - 12:36 am

    Video 2 is the best one. Lol shows how much the 2 dogs really want that ball.

  61. Zelda Alita Mpangane

    7th Mar 2018 - 9:13 am

    Video 3 #XperiaSlowMo

  62. Jared

    7th Mar 2018 - 6:33 pm

    Video 3 is the best

  63. Zhameer Hashim

    8th Mar 2018 - 5:52 am

    Video 3. The sparks and the fire looked so damn cool.

  64. Jon-Russell Davids

    8th Mar 2018 - 10:13 am

    Video 2. It’s the only one that could capture the blinding speed of Jack Russells.

  65. Reshika Rathiram

    8th Mar 2018 - 2:45 pm

    All videos are amazing but my favourite is video 2. A big WOW!!
    Total Cuteness!!
    Fantastic Slow Mo Feature.

  66. Rofhiwa Nemagovhani

    8th Mar 2018 - 2:46 pm

    Video 3 does it for me #xperiaza

  67. Lisa-Ann Stieger

    8th Mar 2018 - 9:51 pm

    I love Video 2, biased because I have a Jack Russell too lol.

  68. Kim Muller

    11th Mar 2018 - 6:08 am

    Video 2 for me. Love the dogs!

  69. Ryan Quevauvilliers

    23rd Mar 2018 - 11:42 am

    Video 2
    #XperiaZA #XperiaSlowMo #SonyMobileZA #Competition

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