Sony's mobile unit for a long time lived in its own vacuum, but the situation began to be corrected. At the exhibition MWC 2018, the Japanese company came with a new generation of flagships - Xperia XZ2 and its smaller version of XZ2 Compact, and for some time smartphones do not look like their predecessors as two drops of water.
Sony left the usual angular design and huge display frames. Thanks to a streamlined body with a curved rear panel, smartphones lie comfortably in your hand. In XZ2 front and rear glass Gorilla Glass 5 is used, the frame is made of metal. The XZ2 Compact has a back of matte plastic. The fingerprint scanner has moved from the side face to the back side, and the main camera module is centered. The company was inspired by the glare of light on the curved glass. Design Ambient Flow a bit like the concept of "liquid surface" for HTC.
Smartphones received extended HDR Full HD + screens with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 (or 2: 1 - to whom they like most) and a resolution of 2160x1080 pixels. The Sony XZ2 has a diagonal of 5.7 inches, and the XZ2 Compact has a 5-inch display. Against the background of the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 frames can not be called record-thin, but compared to previous models Sony is a big step forward.
Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are built on top 8-core Snapdragon 845 processor, 4 GB RAM, and built-in 64 GB plus a slot for microSD memory cards. Because of the hybrid slot for the sake of additional capacity, you will have to sacrifice a second SIM-card. Frontal stereo speakers have not gone away and have even become 20% louder. It will also be interesting to try the Dynamic Vibration System (only in XZ2), which supplements the sound with low-frequency oscillations. The function is activated in games and while watching movies.
The main 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera with aperture f / 2.0 and electronic video stabilization also received a small update. According to the company, thanks to the new image processing module in Snapdragon 845, they managed to improve detail and reduce the amount of noise in low light conditions. Ultra-slow shooting at a frequency of 960 frames per second now works on Full HD-resolution (but the duration of such inserts is half that of HD). Also there was a video recording in 4K HDR format with a 10-bit HEVC codec according to the BT.2020 standard. In place and the function of creating 3D-models of objects. The front camera is 5 megapixel.
Alas, Sony followed the example of Apple and abolished the 3.5-mm headphone jack and left only the USB Type-C. Comes with a Y-shaped adapter with the ability to simultaneously charge and listen to music. Batteries with a capacity of 3180 mAh for Xperia XZ2 and 2870 mAh for the "compact" support the technology of adaptive charging Qnovo, extending the battery life. The Japanese promise a day of work. In XZ2, there is also a wireless charging. Next standard for the flagship set of Wi-Fi 802.11ac modules, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and NFC.
The dimensions of the Sony Xperia XZ2 are 153x72x11.1 mm, and for the Xperia XZ2 Compact - 135x65x12.1 mm. These puddles themselves, but due to the bends of the back panel this will not be so noticeable. The devices are protected against dust and water according to IP68. The standard flagship will be available in black, silver, dark emerald and ashy-pink versions, and the Compact version is available in black, silver, smoky green and pink coral:
When to expect?
Sales of smartphones will begin in late spring 2018. The company modestly keeps silent about the prices, but rumors say that the Sony Xperia XZ2 will cost 800 euros, and the Xperia XZ2 Compact will cost 600 euros.
The new flagship was a little cheaper than the Galaxy S9 (850 euros), but on the side of the Koreans the power of the brand and an additional counter in the form of a variable aperture in the camera. In addition, Sony will be released a few months later, when only fans of the company will remember it.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is an option for those who are looking for a compact smartphone with flagship characteristics. Today, such smart phones can be considered an endangered species.