Sony has finally released the much anticipated Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact devices during their Mobile World Congress 2018 event in Barcelona. Sony has decided to opt for a complete re-design and take away a few key ‘Xperia’ designs from their own devices – and make some new ones.
The new Xperia devices aren’t that sharp looking anymore – in terms of the device’s corners. The overall design is still mainly glass and an aluminium frame, however the sides are much curvier now compared to previous Sony flagships.
The back of the XZ2 is a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 with an arching back – Sony calls this “Ambient Flow design”. Thanks to the shiny new glass back, expect to see fingerprints all over it. The smaller, XZ2 Compact doesn’t get any of these premium features, instead it is equipped with plastic. We would’ve even prefer an aluminium frame over plastic for a more durable, premium feel.
The display of the XZ2 is a 5.7″ IPS LCD 18:9 aspect ratio, FHD+ display, while the Compact has the same, but a smaller 5″ IPS LCD, 18:9, FHD+ display. Both devices are HDR certified.
In terms of specifications, both the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are very impressive. Both devices are sporting the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. Luckily, both devices’ storages can be expanded via a MicroSd card slot. It’s worth mentioning that the SD slot is hybrid – so you can decide if you want to fit 2 SIM cards in it, or one SIM card and an SD card.
A great new hardware addition is the Dynamic Vibration system. Think of this as the iPhone’s vibrator motor – it provides better feedback and can be better controlled on a per-app basis.
There are no dual shooters to be found on any of Sony’s flagship devices this year. Unfortunately the company stick with the same single lense setup, however a much improved one. The sensor in questions is the same 19MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture from the XZ1 generation. It has phase detection, burst AF, IR sensor, single LED flash and of course a dedicated camera shutter button on the side of the devices.
The camera can now record a 4K HDR footage. As you might have seen our Samsung Galaxy S9 article from yesterday, the Galaxy S9 can record slow-mo at 960fps in 720p, however the XZ2 generations can do 960fps@1080p now. That’s result in sharper and much better looking footage.
Other features include NFC, USB-C 3.1 and Bluetooth 5.0. Unfortunately Sony ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack too this year, but at least the XZ2 has Qi Wireless charging again – Sony last used it for it’s Xperia Z3 flagship device back in 2014. Luckily, both the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact feature an IP65/IP68 certificate against dust and water.
The fingerprint sensor has been moved from the side of the device onto the back center. Though, for us, it looks very low – and it will certainly confuse people with the camera sensor – we are glad to see it. Especially because the fingerprint sensor now works in North America too.
The main difference between the XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact is clearly the size, build quality, lack of Wireless charging capability and the new Dynamic Vibration system.
The battery on the XZ2 is a large 3180 mAh cell, while the XZ2 Compact packs a tad-bit smaller than last year, 2870 mAh battery.
The XZ2 is available in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green and Ash Pink colour variants, while the Compact sibling receives Black, White Silver, Moss Green and Coral Pink colour combinations.
There is no word on pricing yet, however both devices are expected to become available in late March or perhaps early April.