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Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium up for pre-order in US for $999, comes w/ free $279 earbuds

Have you ever wanted to spend $1,000 on a smartphone? Probably not, and if so, it was probably more likely to be from Apple or Samsung than Sony. Regardless, Sony’s new Xperia XZ2 Premium is now available for pre-order, and it actually comes with a pretty compelling bonus.

In case you missed it, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is the refreshed version of the company’s flagship from earlier this year. It has a similar overall design to the standard XZ2, but with a 4K HDR display and a total of 6GB of RAM. The rest of the specs are similar as well with a Snapdragon 845 chipset, Android Oreo, Qi charging, and no headphone jack with the “Dynamic Vibration System” in place.

The most notable change here is the dual-camera system on the back — a first for the company. The primary sensor is a 19MP shooter backed up by a 12MP monochrome sensor which improves low-light performance. Sony explains:

Detail from both sensors is then processed by the AUBE™ fusion image signal processor in real time, enabling video recording with the highest ISO12800 sensitivity ever in a smartphone as well as ultra sensitive ISO51200 for photos. Its ultra sensitivity with clean, noise-less images was previously only possible in interchangeable lens cameras – with this new addition to the flagship family Xperia brings this advanced technology to the palm of your hand.

Pricing for the Xperia XZ2 Premium lands at $999 which, frankly, is pretty ridiculous. However, with a pre-order on Amazon here in the States, the company is throwing in a pair of its Xperia Ear Duo wireless headphones in for free. That’s a $279 value, and nothing to balk at. This still isn’t the first package we’d recommend for this price point, but it certainly helps turn an overpriced smartphone into something kind of worth looking at.

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