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02/09/2015 13:10 BST | Updated 02/09/2015 13:59 BST

Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium Is The World's First 4K Smartphone

Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium, is the world first 4K smartphone giving users the opportunity to capture footage in "ultra-high definition" and play it back without losing any of the quality.

The Premium is the only phone in Z5 family that has a 4K display and it obviously means that you will be able to capture your favourite moments in stunning detail.

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Other phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Sony Xperia Z3+ only allow you to film in 4K and watch the footage by connecting it to a 4K TV screen.

In a blog, Sony accounted for the extra space 4K footage and images demand by highlighting the phone's "32GB internal memory, with the capability to take a 200GB external microSD card."

Aside from being able to take high-def images, the move to 4K has largely been seen as a bid to revive the company's dwindling smartphone sales.

According to Engadget, Sony is losing over $1 million per day over its mobile division.

While it's too early to pass judgement on whether the 4K gamble will pay off, experts have commented on whether such "ultra-high definition" is really required on a mobile device.

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"Sony’s new Xperia Z5 Premium handset certainly packs in the pixels with its stunning 4K resolution display, but it raises the question - do we really need TV-quality screens on our phones?" Rob Kerr, from uSwitch.com told The Huffington Post.

“There isn’t really any 4K content available for mobiles yet, so this is a huge gamble for Sony, and at a time when it really needs a win following the launch of its lacklustre Z3+ handset almost a year ago."

He also added: “However, there is an argument for turning up early to the party. Sony’s already well-established in the 4K TV market, so there’s no reason why it shouldn’t attempt to set the benchmark for next-generation smartphones too."

And perhaps he is right. In April, Sharp announced plans mass produce smartphones with 4K smartphone screen in 2016.