Sony has unveiled its new flagship smartphone the Xperia XZ2, revamped and remodelled to compete with the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy 9 and Google Pixel 2. Sony’s new offering features considerable advancements in camera, audio and display technology, built around the idea of immersive entertainment.
“We have pushed Sony Mobile’s boundaries even further with these new products, for everything from video recording and viewing movies, to listening to music,” says John Featherstone, Managing Director, Sony Mobile Communications, Oceania. “Featuring world-class technology and a new sleek, sophisticated design, these smartphones are everything you need and probably a lot more – offering entertainment to the extreme.”
Xperia XZ2’s enhancements begin with a 5.7-inch HDR Full HD+ display extended out to an 18:9 ratio. Sony’s Bravia TV tech X-reality is included to upscale streaming content to near HDR resolution. The 19-megapixel Motion Eye Camera is capable of the world’s first 4K movie recording in a smartphone, plus the upgraded super slow-motion recording is capable of 960fps in Full HD.
Users will appreciate the intelligent control features for still photography, like Predictive Capture with motion and smile detection, Autofocus burst, and Predictive Autofocus.
XZ2 has the loudest Xperia speakers to date with S-force front surround. The Hi-Resolution Audio works together with DSEE HX technology for upscaling streaming sound plus near Hi-Res audio when connected to wireless speakers. A new haptic feedback system called Dynamic Vibration allows users to feel their audio content. It’s like the haptic feedback or rumble found inside Sony’s PlayStation 4 controllers.
A warning to audiophiles: There’s no headphone jack.
Under the phone’s hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB Ram and 64GB of memory. XZ2 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with quick downloading, up to 1.2gbps. That’s an episode of a TV series downloaded in 20 seconds. Xperia also supports microSD cards up to 400GB.
The 3180mAh battery with power efficient controls offers worry-free, all-day use, while the Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology helps the battery stay healthy for a longer lifespan. XZ2 supports QI-enabled wireless charging docks.
The new design expression has a fluid Corning Gorilla Glass 5 surface contrasted by its sturdy metal frame for extra durability and a premium, competitive feel. XZ2 can withstand spills and splashes.
Sony is also launching the Xperia XZ2 Compact, a smaller version featuring a 5-inch HDR Full HD+ extended display, complemented by powerful stereo speakers. Compact includes all of the Motion Eye Camera upgrades as its big brother and the same Qualcomm processor.
So will Sony’s new flagship phone compete with giants Apple, Samsung and Google? Maybe. The specs and sleek design are where they need to be. We will know more for sure when the Xperia XZ2 launches in Australia later in 2018.
XZ2 will be available in Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green and Ash Pink colourways. Pre-orders in the US include free PlayStation 4 Pro consoles and PSVR headsets. Hopefully, Aussie will receive similar sweet deals.