Sony unveils Xperia XZ2 at MWC
During MWC (Mobile World Congress) in the last week of February, Sony took the wraps off of their new flagship, the Xperia XZ2. This new device sports a radically different design from past Xperia flagships and is easily their best looking phone to date. With the new Xperia XZ2, Sony took a more modern approach. No more large bezels and no more rectangular form factor.
DISPLAY, DIMENSIONS AND PROCESSOR
Sony is pushing this device to be the perfect smartphone for entertainment purposes. With that said, the new Sony Xperia XZ2 features a 5.7-inch, 18:9 Full HD+ (1080 x 2160) HDR Triluminos display that has 424 ppi (pixels-per-inch). In addition, Sony included a Dynamic Vibration System that allows you to feel the action of what's on your screen with your hands. There is also X-Reality for mobile that allows you to up-convert everything to near HDR (High Dynamic Range). This gives you movie-quality contrast, clarity and color.
The Xperia XZ2 has dimensions of 153 x 72 x 11.1 mm and weighs in at 198 g. It carries the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, has 4GB of RAM, and comes with Android 8.0 pre-loaded.
Keeping the device powered up is a long-lasting 3180 mAh battery that comes equipped with Smart Stamina. This battery feature predicts how long your battery will last and will warn you if it thinks you will run of out battery life by telling you to enable Stamina mode. This mode cuts energy consumption by disabling some device functions.
Sony included their Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology which will monitor your battery health as it's charging and adjust charging levels to ensure the battery is not overworked. There is a Battery Care feature that charges your phone to 90%, pauses, then fully charges to 100% before your set wake-up time. Lastly, the Xperia XZ2 supports wireless charging.
Sony has not yet joined the dual-camera party, as the Xperia XZ2 will have a single 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture. It can also record video in stunning 4K HDR quality and records 960fps (frames per second) slow motion video in Full HD. It still can record standard slow motion videos at 120fps.
On the front, the Xperia XZ2 has a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper and a f/2.2 aperture. In addition, it has a wide angle lens that can capture more people in a selfie.
Stereo Speakers - Front-facing stereo speakers are on the Xpera XZ2 using S-Force Front Surround technology, making it the loudest Xperia yet.
4K HDR Video Recording - The Sony Xperia XZ2 is the world's first smartphone that records video in 4K HDR. This makes it closer to cinema quality with higher contrast, more color, and more detail.
Super Slow Motion - First debuted on the Xperia XZ Premium, the device is capable of recording
slow motion video in 960fps. Unlike the XZ Premium, it can record Super Slow Motion videos in Full HD.
3D Creator - This feature allows you to take an object (or yourself) and use the camera to scan it, turning it into a 3D avatar. You can even print the high-resolution 3D images it creates for you.
Centralized Fingerprint scanner - Sony has decided to move the fingerprint scanner to a more natural place -- in the center of the phone on the rear.
Water-resistant - The Xperia XZ2 has an IP65/68 certification, making it dust and water-resistant.
PS4 Remote Play - Use the device to play your PlayStation anywhere in the house as long as it's connected to the same Wi-Fi.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICING
As of this writing, Sony has not given pricing information for their new handset. It will come in 4 color variations: Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green, and Ash Pink. In addition, it will have 64GB of internal storage with the option to expand memory up to 400GB via microSD. The device is expected to be released sometime this April.