Sony has long been a name to contend with in the tech industry. The Japanese company has made a name for itself in the gaming sector and home electronics sector with their industry leading gaming, visual and audio technologies. That said, the company has struggled in the better part of the past decade in the mobile sector. Their tried and true Xperia line up which have always been performance power houses, yet have struggled to perform commercially. That might change this year with their new Sony Xperia XZ2.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 brings an updated design language. We’re certain the changes will definitely turn a few heads. The largest difference is Sony’s abandonment of it’s blocky slab design for a more fluid design language. The change in the overall design of the Xperia XZ2 is definitely going to impress many people. Another major change you’ll notice immediately is the repositioning of the main camera module to the middle of the back of the device with the fingerprint sensor located below it. Yes, Sony has opted to drop its signature power button-fingerprint reader hybrid for the new XZ2 series.
Impressive Insides, Co-development for better User Experience
The Sony Xperia XZ2 comes with all the expected upgrades. It’ll be running on the latest Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The onboard storage uses the latest UFS technology which promises quicker performance and also better data integrity. Of course, microSD expansion will provide up to 400GB of extra storage. It also sports a 3180mAh batter with support for Qi wireless charging. USB 3.1 Type-C as well as near field communication and Bluetooth 5.0 are also available. It has support for 4G LTE and WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac. The XZ2 will also sport a 5.7-inch FullHD+ display with the, now standard, 18:9 aspect ratio. All of this will be contained in a body measuring 153x72x11.1mm and weighing only 198g.
On the camera front, the Sony Xperia XZ2 will be sporting a 19-Megapixel Motion Eye™ sensor. This year, Sony has integrated and updated its BIONZ for mobile. It has worked closely with Qualcomm to develop a custom ISP for the Snapdragopn 845 Mobile platform. The company promises better image quality with better image enhancement, more true to life colours and better noise reduction in the images taken. The XZ2 Premium will also be able to take super slow motion footage of up to 960fps at FHD 1080p resolution. The front camera is a 5-megapixel sensor. The biggest new addition to the front facing camera is the expansion of the 3D creator feature to include a new selfie creation feature. This allows the user to make a 3D scan of their face for 3D printing or editing in the 3D creator app.
Never Just About Hardware, Better Entertainment Experience with the Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony’s devices have never just been about the hardware. While they stayed with a bland, boring design over the years, the company has focused its attention on the software and entertainment experiences on its devices. This year’s Xperia XZ2 is no different.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 brings along all the audio bells and whistles that we’ve come to expect from a Sony flagship. This includes high resolution audio, DSEE HX™ and LDAC. The XZ2 will also sport front facing speakers with S-Force technology. It also comes with front facing surround sound and Qualcomm’s APTX HD Audio technology.
The display on the XZ2 is also unique. Paired together with a capable graphics unit, it’s able to upscale the content on the screen to close to HDR quality. This will ensure that users are able to get the best image quality from their content, utilising the OLED screen fully.
The biggest change when it comes to the entertainment is the inclusion of dual shock-like technology into the new Xperia XZ2. The new Dynamic Vibration System (DVS) which Sony has integrated will allow users to truly experience the content they are consuming. The DVS will cause the device to vibrate according to the sound of the content being played. This includes games and even video. While game support appears to be limited at launch, games such as Angry Birds and Candy Crush were already supported in the devices we tried. In addition to that, YouTube and other video streaming sites should work without much optimisations. The DVS works by analysing the sound and reacting accordingly to the sound. Think of it as the vibrations you feel when the floor vibrates in the cinema or as the dual shock vibrations on a Sony Playstation controller.
Too Big? No Problem. Meet the XZ2 Compact
Sony even has an official flagship offering for those who aren’t into smaller things. The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact comes with most of the bells and whistles that its larger sibling has; this includes the processor, RAM, onboard memory, camera, audio, and connectivity. The main difference between the Premium and the Compact will be the size of the screen. The XZ Compact will sport a smaller 5-inch display with 1080p Full HD resolution. This also means that the compact will have a higher pixel density than the Premium. It will also sport the new 18:9 aspect ratio. The battery of the Compact will also be a smaller 2870mAh battery. It will be 135x65x12.1mm in size weighing only 168g.
Availability and Pricing
There’s no word on local availability and pricing in Malaysia as of yet. However, we have it on good authority that Malaysia will be getting the devices a month after the announcement at MWC 2018.
The Sony XZ2 and its compact brother are expected to make their debut the first week of April 2018. No details on pricing as of yet.
The Xperia XZ2 will be available in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green and Ash Pink. It’s smaller sibling the XZ compact will be available in Black, White Silver, Moss Green and Coral Pink.
Also published on Medium.