• Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable with microSD
  • Display: 5.7-inch 1080 x 2160 IPS
  • Camera: 16MP (rear), 20+8MP (front)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 + A2DP + LE, 802.11n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1 mm
  • Weight: 198g
  • Pros:
  • Smooth performance
  • Cons:
  • Slippery back

Back For New Xperience

It looks like the smartphone market is starting to stabilise; less brands are emerging and existing ones are consolidating market offerings. But often, many of these brands follow what’s popular, instead of innovating. So, it’s very refreshing to see that Sony Mobile’s Xperia XZ2 isn’t trying to be what every other phone looks like.

While it’s not a design that hasn’t been seen before, the Sony Xperia XZ2 continues to maintain a look and feel that’s decidedly Sony’s own. A fairly large phone, the XZ2 is a 5.7-inch device with an 18:9 aspect ratio display. Compared to the flat backs we see today, it sports a more ergonomic curved back that makes it comfortable to hold. On the flipside, it’s less table-friendly and will likely wriggle or rotate around when you place it on a flat surface.

Like most Full HD+ devices out there, the Xperia XZ2 sports thin bezels on the sides, allowing for more screen real estate without needing a larger phone body. At the top of the phone is the SIM/microSD tray, which is easily removed without needing a pin, but has a flimsy build to it.

No faults in build quality can be found here, as the XZ2 has an aluminium body with no flex to it. In addition, like the many flagship Xperia models before it, this smartphone comes with water and dust resistance – specifically IP65/IP68 certified.

Powering Sony’s new premium flagship is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, which has an octa-core CPU and the new Adrena 630 GPU. Its CPU consists of four cores for high-performance at 2.7GHz while the other four are power-efficient cores at 1.7GHz, making the XZ2 extremely capable of handling any tasks and multitasking them efficiently. Its GPU also makes it one of the best devices for those who want to use heavy apps or play graphically demanding mobile games.

A key feature of the XZ2 is definitely its rear camera, a 19-megapixel f/2.0 shooter. Its autofocus speed is very fast, which helps reduce the likelihood of you missing a special moment. We also like that Sony maintained the dedicated camera button. Along with being able to set the volume controls for zooming, taking photos with this device feels as natural as using a compact camera. With natural light, the XZ2 captures a lot of detail. Colours are also quite accurate and the dynamic range is good. However, images can sometimes end up becoming grainy in less than ideal lighting conditions.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Great performance and slightly improved performance for its camera software, plus a design that tries to be its own means that it’s worth taking a look at.

(previously published in issue May 2018)