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Sony unveiled the new Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact with the new “Ambient Flow” design and 18:9 display

cjmagowan  —  9 months ago ( Feb 28, 2018 )    |    Featured, Mobile, News

Sony at the 2018 Mobile World Congress has shown that it’s still interested with mobile phones, despite upsetting revenue recently, Sony pushes new innovations and dramatically changes its design language for this year’s flagship device. The new Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact are the new addition to Sony’s portfolio of smartphone devices and they aren’t just the typical Sony smartphone that one would see everyday, almost everything has been change and that’s for the better.

Xperia XZ2

Gone are the flat and sharp edges, Sony’s new mobile is a sleek, ergonomic and easier to hold. The soft rounded corners expresses new experiences with an arching back cover which Sony calls “Ambient Flow” that refers to the natural fitting shape of the hands. Premium is what keeps Sony mobile phones appealing and that feature still lives and even more improved with the new Xperia XZ2. The front still has a significant bezels in them but they are narrower now and it’s covered by Corning Gorilla glass from which the back is also covered by the same glass sheet for protection against scratches however don’t expect them to be fingerprint resistant, that though adds to the premium feel of the device.

The Xperia XZ2 features a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ display with an 18:9 Aspect ratio so one would expect more real estate with the display that dominates the front. It is HDR certified as well and support BT.2020 standards.

Most of the things that’s going on from the handset is handled by one of the most powerful mobile processors to date and that is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, supported by 4GB of RAM and an expandable 64GB of storage.

For imaging, Sony still believes in the power of single sensors and the latest Xperia XZ2 is equipped with only one single main camera. The camera is a 19 Megapixel IMX400 EXMOR RS sensor with Motion Eye technology. It has an f/2.0 Aperture G lens, a new BIONZ image architecture that would be responsible for image detail reproduction and keeping the noise low in low-light conditions. It also features a 960 fps super slow motion video capture in full HD, true 4K HDR video recording. 5-axis image stabilization, predictive hybrid AF, burst AF, IR sensor for white balance, LED flash and a dedicated camera key. For Selfies, the Xperia XZ2 still includes a  5 Megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 Aperture wide-angle lens and a 5-axis image stabilization.

connectivity-wise, depending on the market, the Xperia XZ2 supports Nano-SIM on a Single-SIM or hybrid Dual-SIM trays with Cat.18 LTE support. High speed Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, GPS with A-GPS/GLONASS support.

Additional features on the new Xperia XZ2 are the Stereo speakers with Clear Audio+ support,  Stereo audio recording and support for AptX with Automatic Headphone Optimization. Unfortunately the handset lacks a headphone jack but there’s a USB-C headphone adapter that’s included which we believed to be just lame considering the convenience it would have brought. It also features a Dynamic Vibration system to simulate bass in music and enhance vibration notifications with vibration’s persistence and intensity can be controlled on a per app basis.

The Xperia XZ2 also has an IP65/IP68 certification for water and dust resistance and the fingerprint sensor is now comfortably on the back. It runs Android Oreo out of the box and comes with a 3180 mAh embedded battery, it supports Qnovo adaptive charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and Qi Wireless charging support.

Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is basically the Xperia XZ2 in a more compact form. It has a small 5.0-inch Full-HD+ display, so there’s an 18:9 Aspect ratio for this screen size from Sony and it is good actually that is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, the bezels still persist but they are narrower than its predecessors. The Ambient Flow design works perfectly on this compact variant as well but that’s without the glass back with the Xperia XZ2 Compact settling for a soft-touch polycarbonate back cover.

Like its larger sibling, the Xperia XZ2 Compact is also powered by a Snapdragon 845 Chipset and comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. Whether it’s a hybrid or a dedicated microSD slot, the new handset supports up to 400GB of microSD cards.

You could say that the Xperia XZ2 Compact and the Xperia XZ2 are all the same in their imaging department as they have shared the same DNA. The compact variant also sport the same 19 Megapixel IMX400 EXMOR RS sensor with Motion Eye technology and f/2.0 Aperture G Lens. What the Xperia XZ2 is capable of doing can also be said true to its smaller compact variant.

You can look from above on what features the new Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact has but the next line that we are going to discuss are their “minor” differences.

We already know that they both differ in screen size and overall footprint but in terms of features the Xperia XZ2 Compact lacks Dynamic Vibration system, a smaller 2870 mAh battery and no wireless charging from here. And in connectivity, the smaller compact variant supports Cat.15 LTE connection.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 will be available in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green and Ash Pink color options while the smaller Xperia XZ2 Compact has Black, Silver, Moss Green and Coral Pink color variants. These new flagship devices will be available in the market this April but the pricing aren’t yet out and are expected to become available as they are launched in different regions across the globe.