Sony at MWC 2018 in Barcelona has gone ahead and unveiled the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact smartphones. And this time there is no loop to be seen, as the company has decided to redesign its smartphones. And just like always, both the devices come with an IP65/68 water and dust resistance rating.
The company has moved on from its infinite loop design in favour of a new design which it’s calling the ‘Ambient Flow’ design. The ‘Ambient Flow’ consists of curved sides, an arching back and a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5. The company believes that this new design is a much more natural fit for human hands. Additionally, they have also moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the device.
The company, on both the front and the back of the XZ2, has used Gorilla Glass 5 for protection against scratches and scuffs. When it comes to the XZ2 Compact, the company has opted to substitute the glass on the back with polycarbonate.
The build and the body aside, Sony following the popular trend has added a narrow bezel display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 in both the new smartphones. Both the displays are also HDR certified. The Xperia XZ2 sports a 5.7″ full HD+ display while the Compact variant has a 5-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.
Both the devices sport the same 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. We can’t say anything before testing out the device ourselves, however, it seems as if Sony is reusing the camera sensor used in the Xperia XZ1. Interestingly, due to the Snapdragon 845 processor the devices offer a newer generation of BIONZ image processing architecture, which the company says will help in better colour rendition, detail reproduction and low-light noise handling. Both the devices can record in 4K HDR and slow-motion video in 1080p@960fps.
Sony has always been known for sound and these new smartphones are no exceptions. The company has opted for dual front-firing speakers instead of back-firing or downward firing speakers. To pump out sound with high fidelity from the devices, the company has paired the speakers with an internal DAC which is a bit uncommon in smartphones, and only a few manufacturers do such things. The company claims that these new smartphones are 20 percent louder than the Xperia XZ1.
But not all is perfect; the company in a move to slim the smartphones, has removed the 3.5mm audio jack from them. However, they are nice enough to provide a converter in the box for the same.
The XZ2 comes with a Dynamic Vibration system and QI Wireless charging standard, both of which aren’t present on the XZ2 Compact. The XZ2 sports a CAT 18 rating, whereas the younger sibling sports a CAT 15 rating.
Both the XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 64GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card. The XZ2 is backed by a 3,180mAh, whereas its smaller sibling is backed by 2,870mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 will be made available in the Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green (will be called Petroleum Blue in some regions) and Ash Pink colour variants. And the XZ2 Compact will be available in Black, White Silver, Moss Green and Coral Pink colour options. The company hasn’t revealed any pricing for the smartphones, and they are expected to go on sale somewhere in early Q2 of 2018.