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Sony Xperia XZ2 Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Specifications

Sony Xperia XZ2 Confirmed: Release Date, Price & Specifications
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Every single time Sony manages to confuse us with the name of its next new phone. History suggests this should be the Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium (except it doesn't have a 4K screen), or the Sony Xperia XZ Pro as rumoured, but nope it's the Sony Xperia XZ2, launched alongside a Compact version at MWC 2018 this morning.

Fortunately, there's a lot more here to get excited about than a name. Sony's flagships are finally looking a lot more like the competition thanks to an 'Ambient Flow' design language, which is all about breaking up the straight lines and blocky housings that have dominated recent Sony devices. We have previously suggested they were getting a bit old-hat.

The XZ2 boasts 3D curved glass (with Gorilla Glass 5) on both the front and back of the phone - a subtle curvature at the edges of front, and a more noticeable bulge on the back - while the less glossy Compact has a hard-coated polycarbonate finish on the rear. The fingerprint scanner is now always-on, and therefore should be faster to respond, and the IP68 waterproofing remains.


There's a new 5.7in 18:9 HDR display (5in on the Compact), which is admittedly just full-HD+, but in design and usability it's a vast improvement over Sony's previously chunky bezels. They're still chunky, mind, but less so. It's an improvement.


Using Bravia TV and X-reality for mobile tech the pair are able to upscale content to display in HR, leading to a better viewing experience - particularly for movies.



Less exciting is the fact Sony has ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, now relying on USB-C for earphones. Audio is otherwise good, with 20 percent louder front-facing S-Force Front Surround speakers that have a slightly improved frequency range. There's also support for high resolution audio with DSEE HX upscaling. Enhanced Bluetooth LDAC offers near High-Resolution Audio when listening over earphones or wirelessly.

The XZ2 will launch in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Petrol Blue and Ash Pink, and the XZ2 Compact in Black, White Silver, Moss Green and Coral Pink. Both have a UI theme that is colour-coded to match.

There's also some meaty hardware, with the Snapdragon 845 with X20 LTE, 4GB of RAM and 6GB of storage - and, even better, this spec is mirrored for the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact.

Thanks to an exclusive image processor developed together with Qualcomm, Sony promises that the camera in the XZ2 will have reduced noise, better colour reproduction, and improved contrast when compared to the XZ1 - despite using the same 19Mp single lens camera hardware.

The Xperia XZ2 is also the first smartphone from any manufacturer capable of recording 4K HDR video footage in HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format using its Motion Eye camera, and the 960fps super slow motion pioneered by Sony is now available up to 1080p (up from 720p).


The Sony phones also support 3D scanning of objects and faces, even of yourself using the front camera.



The main difference between XZ2 and XZ2 Compact is their size, which also affects battery capacity but not necessarily run time - we'll test this in our full reviews, but for now you can learn more in our Sony Xperia XZ2 hands-on review and Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact hands-on review.

The Compact model also lacks Qi wireless charging, and the new Dynamic Vibration System, which on the standard XZ2 gives haptic feedback in time with video and audio content. 

When is the Sony Xperia XZ2 release date?

Sony has said both new phones will be available globally in March.

How much is the Sony Xperia XZ2?

Also not yet confirmed by Sony is the Xperia XZ2's price. The XZ1 launched at £599/$699, and the XZ1 Compact at £499/$599. We'd expect similar - if not slightly higher - pricing for this second-generation.

Sony Xperia XZ2 specifications
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.7in Full HD+ HDR 18:9 touchscreen
  • Qualcom Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage; microSD card slot (up to 400GB)
  • Rear camera: 19MP, video up to 4K HDR
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • IP68 waterproofing
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0;NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Single nano-SIM;USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 3190mAh non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging
  • 72x153x11.1mm
  • 198g

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact specifications
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 5.0in Full HD HDR 18:9 touchscreen
  • Qualcom Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage; microSD card slot (up to 400GB)
  • Rear camera: 19MP, video up to 4K HDR
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • IP68 waterproofing
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Single nano-SIM;USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 2870mAh non-removable battery
  • 65x135x12.1mm
  • 168g

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