A few years ago, Sony was in a drive for creating powerful smartphones, such as the original Xperia Z and the avant-garde Xperia Play. Sony really did leave an impression to a lot of tech-geeks and fans all across the globe for creating such brilliant devices.
But now, with the new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, it seems like that Sony is taking smartphones seriously again. Even Sony’s head of cellular communications, Don Mesa, commissioned Gizmodo: “[The XZ2] looks like a reboot.” Yes, the identification is not very stimulating, however, XZ2 offers almost everything you need for a new flagship phone.
To keep up with the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Apple iPhone X, the Xperia XZ2 bezel has been reduced, in order to look minimalistic and modern. If you are familiar with Sony Xperia phones, you will know that they have always had huge bezels, and now they’re trying to reduce it on their new model.
It is also completely symmetrical, with the camera now moved to the center of the phone. Glass in the front and back, along with an aluminum frame make this phone a serious phone.
The screen measures a generous 5.7 inches, which is only slightly smaller than the latest Galaxy S9 from Samsung. It also has a Full HD resolution screen, which is what you would expect from most TVs in the living room, so pictures are not a problem.
Even better, it works with the new and powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, so it will be incredibly fast in terms of performance. It is 30% faster than the previous model. But where Sony really hopes to win is with its impressive set of brand new features.
To get started, the camera can record in 4K resolution, which is four times the number of pixels compared to standard Full HD video, to get a much more detailed image.
But it also records videos in HDR or High Dynamic Range. This means a wider range of colors and better contrast, like brighter whites, and darker blacks.
If you’re watching TV shows or movies on YouTube, Netflix or Amazon regularly, you can use your Sony phone to enhance the film from the standard dynamic range (SDR) to “near” HDR, which will make it very attractive to whenever you’re watching movies and videos.
Another impressive feature is the Sony Xperia XZ2’s ability to capture super slow motion video at 960 frames per second. That means you’ll get 6 seconds of footage for every 0.2 seconds of video actually shot.
What’s more is that it can record a movie in Full HD resolution, which is slightly higher quality than the similar Samsung functionality for the new Galaxy S9. Sony has also redesigned the Xperia XZ2 speakers compared to the original model, increasing the volume by 20%.
And now there is also a “Dynamic Vibration System”, which works a bit like a DualShock controller for PlayStation 4. The phone will vibrate in sync with your games, movies and music.
Finally, the phone is completely waterproof and supports wireless charging (if you have a standard Qi charging pad) so you can charge the battery without connecting it.