Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 compact unveiled with new design and Snapdragon 845

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2

Sony has introduced its new couple of flagship smartphones at MWC 2018 event, called Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ 2 Compact. Both the flagship devices come with a new design, latest Snapdragon chipset on board, HDR innovation in the camera section. Both the Xperia XZ2’s phones are having 18:9 aspect ratio display and these are the first smartphones from the company to come with the trending.

Design and Build

Sony is taking a step towards a more modern layout from its long-running OmniBalance design, a huge amount of bezels around the screen with a rectangular shape and remarkably strict. Now the Japanese company Sony introduce new “Ambient Flow” design in this year’s Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. The Xperia XZ 2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact come with a curved back panel and curved corner too unlike their predecessor. The chubbier design of the phones offer more comfortable grip and feel in the hand.

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact front

 Both the smartphones have Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact flagship smartphones come with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on their screens. Both the phones have an anti-twist metal frame, even with the new design, both Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2Compact smartphones are still different. The Xperia XZ 2 flagship also has Gorilla Glass 5 on the back panel which makes it more premium device and also slippery and a fingerprint fingerprint-friendly surface. While the Xperia XZ2 Compact comes with polycarbonate back panel with a matte finish which is easier to clean. 

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact back panel

The Xperia XZ2 will be available in the market in Liquid Silver, Deep Green Liquid Black and Ash Pink color options. On the other hand, the Xperia XZ2 Compact will be available in the market in White Silver, Black, Moss Green and Coral Pink color options. Another major design change is the fingerprint scanner, the fingerprint reader is mounted on the back below the camera and comes with the promise of no more legal issues in the US. Both the phones are certified by IP65/IP68 water and dust-resistance feature. You can wash them a bit under tap water if absolutely needed or use them in the rain, said by the company.


Sony’s Xperia XZ2 features a 5.7-inch display, while the Xperia XZ2 Compact has a smaller 5-inch display. Both phones support the FUllHD+ resolution with 18:9 aspect ratio. The Compact model of the Xperia XZ2 has a higher PPI due to its smaller screen size. They also support HDR. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be powered by Qualcomm latest high-end Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 400 GB via micro SD card. The new Snapdragon 845 chipset comes with many improvements compared to its predecessor. In the last year Snapdragon 835 chipset, Kryo 385 CPU cores could do up to 2.45 GHz and now, the new Kryo 385 CPU cores that now go up to 2.8 GHz. They both have Adreno 640 GPU (graphics processor unit).

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact 2

Sony Xperia XZ2 will be packed with 3,180 mAh capacity battery under the hood along with QI Wireless charging support. While the Xperia XZ2 Compact will have 2,870 mAh capacity battery under the glass or polycarbonate back, but there is no wireless charging support. It supports hybrid tray, Wi-Fi ac, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB 3.1 Type-C ports connectivity features. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm audio jack port on Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.

The body dimensions of the Xperia XZ2 are 153 x 72 x 11.1mm and the Xperia XZ2 Compact are 135 x 65 x 12.1mm. They come with stereo front-facing speakers, called S-Force Front Surround which is even 20% louder compared to the XZ1. Both the smartphones have new Dynamic Vibration System feature.


Sony has kept the same camera sensors from last year’s models. Both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 come with a 9-megapixel camera on the back side along with 1/2.3″ Sony IMX400, f/2.0 aperture, Motion Eye, 5-axis stabilization, hybrid laser-phase detection-contrast autofocus, IR sensor for white balance, burst AF, dedicated hardware shutter key and LED flash. They also have dedicated physical camera button.

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact 3

Sony has worked with Qualcomm on the Snapdragon 845 ISP. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact come with new generation BIONZ image processing algorithm/architecture which helps to handle color rendition, detail reproduction and noise reduction in low-light environments.

Another most interesting new feature of the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact, both the smartphones can capture 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) video. Which means, Sony’s new flagship smartphones are the first to record 4K HDR video, ever. Which means you can enjoy 4K HDR video capture by Sony’s new phone on the phones HDR screen or you can also enjoy HDR video on HDR compatible screens. The company also upgraded the slow-motion video mode in the camera for the both XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. Still, you can record 960fps slow-motion video but this time at 1080p resolution.

Bith the phones have a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2aperture,  23mm lens and wide-angle sensor.

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact Price and Availability

The company will launch the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact in late March. Sony has not revealed the information about the price of both smartphones.

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