Sony announces Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact with HDR support

One of the quirkier features of the Xperia XZ2 is a completely new vibration engine (nattily labelled “Sony Dynamic Vibration System”). Stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.

Sony has announced a pair of new flagship phones in the Xperia range named the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.

It isn’t only the front of the device that sees changes; this is a complete rework of the Xperia look-and-feel. The XZ2 rocks a 5.7-inch screen, while the compact version measures in at 5.0 inches. Sony has also moved the fingerprint scanner to the back, right in the middle.

There are lots of announcements coming out of MWC 2018 at the moment, all vying for attention and competing to take money from eager customers. These phones have slimmer bezels than past Sony phones, pretty curves to their backsides, and proper fingerprint readers, as well as a bunch of other impressive specs.

The good news is that, Sony has finallly revamped its design without losing the Xperia essence.

Lastly, the XZ2 Compact features a 2,870mAh battery.

The upcoming flagship will allegedly have a full screen design, sporting a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 LCD screen that boasts an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Xperia XZ2’s release date is expected to be sometime in March. It’s backed up by 4GB of RAM and 64GB built-in storage, expandable via MicroSD, so we’d expect very smooth performance from the phone. Sony’s audio labs have worked a small miracle with the Xperia Ear Duo allowing the audio to be generated in the small driver unit which sits behind the ear with the rest of the smarts in the Xperia Ear Duo, with the sound pumped through to your ear, via a “Sound Duct”. (Sony ditched the Wireless Charging feature after the Z3 and never put it back in its flagships – until now).

The annual trade show brings together some of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers and their latest products – including Samsung, which announced its new Galaxy S9 and S9+ on Sunday night. These cameras will be capable of 4K HR recording and super-slow-mo capture in HD resolution.

Unfazed with the dual camera fad, Sony has gone with a single 19-megapixel camera with 25mm wide lens and pixel size of 1.2um. HDR video has a more dramatic look to it, preserving more details in both very dark and very bright areas of the picture. Globally, the Xperia XZ2 will be available in “liquid black”, “liquid silver, ‘ “deep green” and ‘ash pink”. Both the handsets will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with Sony’s custom skin on top.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

 

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