SONY XPERIA XZ2 AND XZ2 COMPACT – In what many have seen as a direct reply to the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Electronics giants, Sony has introduced the new Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 compact at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday morning.
Courtesy of a leak last week, it became obvious what Sony has been working on all year and no better time to release it than a time when Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is stealing the headlines as the new IPhone X.
The 5.7-inch Sony XZ2 is the bigger of the two phones, but while the 5-inch Compact may be smaller, it still shares almost all of the same key specs. Wireless charging is finally available on a Sony phone, but that’s limited only to the full-size XZ2.
The rear cameras on both phones not only shoot HDR video for even exposure and rich colours, but do so at 4K resolution. They shoot super slow motion footage too — something we’ve seen on Sony’s existing phones — but the resolution has been bumped from 720p to full HD.
The Xperia XZ2 is also the first smartphone from any manufacturer capable of recording 4K HDR video footage in HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format using its Motion Eye camera, and the 960fps super slow motion pioneered by Sony is now available up to 1080p (up from 720p).
The Sony phones also support 3D scanning of objects and faces, even of yourself using the front camera. Sony says it developed the camera firmware in partnership with Qualcomm to optimise the images for better low light performance, too. It’s also brought the 3D face-mapping feature from the rear camera to the front, allowing you to quickly create a 3D selfie.
Both phones are made of metal and glass and are waterproof down to 1.5 meters (5 feet) for up to 30 minutes. Realistically, that means they’re both safe from spilled drinks or accidental drops in the kitchen sink.
Sony refers to the XZ2’s overall design as “ambient flow.” That makes a bit more sense when you flip it over and examine the back, which is quite a departure from recent Sony handsets. The back nicely slopes into the aluminium rail at each side, and Sony has moved the camera position so that it’s now centre-aligned. And beneath it is a new standalone fingerprint reader. For a long time, Sony made the side power button of its Xperia phones double as a fingerprint scanner, but the company always disabled that functionality in the United States. Now, everyone gets a fingerprint reader — and it’s in the right spot.
Interestingly, there’s no headphone jack anywhere around the XZ2 Sony is obviously getting rid of it this year. The phone supports AptX HD and LDAC codecs for high-quality Bluetooth audio.
For the release date, Sony says it will be out globally in March, 2018
Although the prices have not been officially confirmed by Sony, it is safe to say that since the XZ1 launched at £599/$699, and the XZ1 Compact at £499/$599. We would expect similar prices, probably slightly higher. That is about N251, 000 and N215, 000 respectively.
The XZ2 will launch in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Petrol Blue and Ash Pink, and the XZ2 Compact in Black, White Silver, Moss Green and Coral Pink. Both have a UI theme that is colour-coded to match.