Sony has unveiled its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones today at the Mobile World Congress, and as we already know, these are the first ’18:9 display’ phones from Sony. After a long time, we are finally getting a new design for the Sony Xperia series since we had that same bezel-full design in the past for every Sony phone.
But, not everything is changed with the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. There is still that dedicated camera shutter key, which is surely one of the best features of any Sony phone. The stereo speakers are still there, this time even better than before. The phone no longer has that boxy design with sharp edges, as this time, the edges are curved, giving an overall nice feel in the hands. The fingerprint scanner is now on the rear and not on the side.
Starting off with the smaller of the two, the Xperia XZ2 Compact. It is a phone for those who want a powerful high-end phone but with a smaller form factor than other big phones. The phone has a polycarbonate back with the rear-facing fingerprint scanner placed below the horizontal camera module that housed the camera lens, LED Flash, Laser AF, etc. The 5-inch Full-HD+ 18:9 HDR Display fits perfectly in a 135mm body. There is also Gorilla Glass 5 on top for protection. Under the hood, there is the Snapdragon 845 processor along with the Adreno 630 GPU. There is 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that is further expandable up to 400GB.
On the rear, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has a 19MP Motion Eye camera with 1.22μm pixel size, 25 mm wide Sony’s award-winning G Lens F2.0, BIONZ for mobile image-processing engine & 960 fps Super slow motion video (FHD/HD). The camera can record 4K HDR videos. Other rear camera features include Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, Anti-distortion shutter, Triple image sensing technology, and SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization).The phone has a 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture and 23mm wide angle lens.
Under the hood, there is a 2,870mAh battery with Smart Stamina mode and Quick Charge 3.0 technology. The Xperia XZ2 Compact runs on Android Oreo out of the box. Some audio features include High-Resolution Audio(LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), LDAC, DSEE HX and S-Force Front Surround. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack so you will have to rely on the USB to 3.5mm adapter to plug your headphones with 3.5mm jack. Lastly, the phone is IP65/68 dust and water resistant.
The color options include Black, White Silver, Moss Green, and Coral Pink.
SONY XPERIA XZ2
The Sony Xperia XZ2 is the bigger of the two and has almost the same design as the Xperia XZ2 Compact with some noticeable changes like glass back and vertical camera module. Due to the glass back, the phone supports Qi Wireless charging. Some other differences include a bigger battery and a bigger display.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ HDR display with 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2160x1080p. It is powered by the same Snapdragon 845 processor along with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. So, a bigger model doesn’t have more RAM and storage. Wierd! The rear camera is the same as the one on XZ2 Compact. Same is the case with the front camera. The battery gets a bump from 2,870mAh on XZ2 Compact to 3180 mAh on the XZ2. The phone supports Qi Wireless charging along with Quick Charge 3.0. Rest of the specifications are same as the XZ2 Compact.
The XZ2 also has a feature called Dynamic Vibration which syncs with the bass in music and also enhances notification vibrations. Sadly, this feature isn’t present on the Xperia XZ2 Compact.
The color options include Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green, and Ash Pink.
There are no details of the pricing yet so stay tuned!