After a wave of rumors that Sony is going to do a miracle at MWC, the company has finally launched two new flagships models called Sony Xperia XZ2, the large one and Xperia XZ2 Compact in a smaller size, at MWC in Barcelona. As its competitors found ways to make phones sleeker and more modern, Sony seemed to only want to recycle the same blocky shapes over and over again. Other advanced features include a haptic feedback function that's created to help users "feel" what they're seeing on screen. But can the handset succeed where previous Xperias have not?
So, to recap, the way we see things now, it seems the XZ2 Compact will get 4GB of RAM in every market. The fingerprint sensor on the back, for instance, is placed where the average person might rest his or her finger.
Sony has managed to make a few changes though, as the duo are based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor, they've leveraged its built-in image signal processor for new-gen BIONZ image processing.
Further details on both the devices might be coming out when officially Sony plans them out at the MWC during the time of press conference of Sony, on Monday. Under the boot, a Samsung Exynos 9810 chipset powers the phone as well as 4GB RAM. The XZ1 came in at ₹44,900, but with flagship phone prices creeping steadily upward, we woudn't be surprised to see a slightly higher asking price for the sequel.
As for other general camera features, we've got the same 19MP main camera (now with 4K HDR recording) and a 5MP selfie camera.
The Xperia XZ2 is enables users to create and share 3D content on the fly. Is this really the best Sony could do? It's essentially a haptic feedback system similar to what we've all experienced on most modern smartphones. However, putting them together, there is very little difference between the two phones. The former is different in the sense that it has a Dynamic Vibration System that can analyze audio and vibration. The Xperia XZ2 manages to pack in a bit more capacity at 3,180mAh and also has that lower-resolution screen to power, which could save a bit of power throughout the day.
Apple's iPhone X is a pretty capable all-day handset with its 2,716mAh battery, plus wireless charging is handy for quick top-ups. Samsung's Galaxy S9's incremental improvements have maintained its advantage with a Quad HD screen, although Sony's decision to remove the headphone jack has angered long-time Xperia fans.
We're not sure what we'll get from the Xperia XZ2 yet, however. This is rather unusual for a company that supports high fidelity audio.
Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact, both run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Sony has chose to follow the likes of Apple, HTC and Google and remove the headphone port from its latest smartphone. While the Sony Xperia XZ2 does have a larger screen - a feature which may be important to many buyers - the flat and square-ish design does feel a lot more dated when compared to that of the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the Samsung Galaxy S9.