The Xperia XZ2 is the latest flagship handset to come from the Japanese firm, and with the high specs underneath its shell, is it a top tier competitor? To begin with it has obvious bezel, and its resolution is not something to brag about at all – but it does excel in other areas.
Looking at the device straight away you can see it has undergone a major redesign, adding better grip and looks. The edges and back of the phone are more curved, making it better to hold and also giving it a sleeker look in comparison to previous generations of the Xperia. The screen is smaller than the S9 and iP X with a 5.7-inch instead of 5.8-inch, but the device is actually bigger than those two – not great.
Sony has relocated the fingerprint scanner to the centre of the back, but many argue it’s too low – with many people automatically placing their fingers onto the camera instead. The headphone jack has also been omitted following the trend of reduction, however you do get an adaptor with the phone.
As for the display, they have stuck with Full HD – something many other major manufacturers have left in the dust opting for higher resolution screens. It’s a strange move, but they have upped the display from 5.2-inch 16:9 to a 5.7-inch 18:9, giving a wider view in landscape orientation. They have also applied HDR (High Dynamic Range) to this device, meaning you get an improved colour range; blacker blacks etc. for a more realistic experience.
You can expect a day’s use of battery life from full charge, and with wireless charging implemented it’s an all round good battery. It also features a 19MP Motion Eye camera ready for photography and 4K video recording, meaning it can compete with the rest of the smartphones on this level. The super-slow-motion video recording on the Xperia XZ2 is top of the pile, with it being the only device offering Full HD.
Overall this phone has had some much needed redesign, but hopefully the next iteration will come with a better screen and some show stopping features to brag about.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Tech Specs
Screen – 5.7” Full HD+ with HDR Display
19-Megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with Motion Eye feature
5-Megapixel front camera
Wireless and Fast Charge capable
Water, dust and splash resistant