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Sony Xperia XZ2 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

Sony Xperia XZ2 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

Sony is holding a press event on Monday 26 February at MWC 2018, which we had assumed would be for the Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium and that the XZ2 would arrive in September during IFA. But we're seeing an increasing number of rumours suggesting this is not the case, and the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact could in fact land six months early at MWC 2018.

Our first inkling that our assumption may be incorrect came via a rogue tweet from a Three Ireland Care representative (via Xperia Blog) that implied the flagship would be coming soon. The tweet has since been deleted, which suggests it was either incorrect or it contained information that shouldn't have been divulged. Our money is now cautiously on the latter.

When is the Sony Xperia XZ2 release date?

If it were to follow previous behaviour we would see the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact announced by Sony in September at IFA. However, as we've outlined above that may not be the case: The Xperia XZ2 could be announced on Monday 26 February at MWC 2018.

How much will the Sony Xperia XZ2 cost?

Flagship pricing is usually fairly constant, but it's possible there will be a slight increase to allow for the new design, which is expected to include an 18:9 display.

Whereas the XZ1 came in at £599 ($699) and the XZ1 Compact £499 ($599), the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact could reach £730 and £530 respectively, according to whispers.

What new features to expect in Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony's flagship smartphones are starting to look decidedly old in the tooth compared to the competition. While they major on cameras and match up on performance, Sony's 'OmniBalance' design is getting left behind.

Kenichiro Hibi, managing director for Sony India, told The Indian Express that the company's new generation of products will have a completely new design. He acknowledged that manufacturers are adding super-widescreen displays and adhering to bezel-less designs, though stopped short of saying Sony will do the same.

But, of course, Sony will have to jump on the bandwagon if it wants to rival those smartphone manufacturers with its new flagship phones for 2018.

There's talk that Sony will lose the squared corners and angular design of its smartphones in favour of more rounded edges and a smoother appearance in its Xperia XZ2. We hope to also see the chunky top- and bottom bezels that result in such a tall design slimmed down significantly, preferably with the addition of an 18:9 display.

If the Sony Xperia XZ2 does arrive as the Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium we were expecting, a likely specification will include a 5.7in 18:9 display, the Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and IP68 waterproofing.

A 4K resolution is typically reserved for the Premium model, but we'd like to at least see an upgrade from full-HD to Quad-HD. 

Under-glass fingerprint sensors are the hot tech tipped to make its way to flagship phones in 2018, but the Sony Xperia XZ2 is tipped to get a rear fingerprint scanner. 

Biometric security in general is an area in which Sony could easily improve with its class-leading cameras - could we see an answer to Face ID in the Xperia XZ2? 

The addition of wireless charging is also on our wish list, while we hope to see the 3.5mm headphone jack retained. Unfortunately the latter is looking increasingly unlikely.

Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact will likely be a smaller version of the XZ2. We'd expect to see the 4.6in screen bumped up to around 5in, perhaps with a resolution upgrade from HD to full-HD. There may be less internal storage and a cheaper design (the Xperia XZ1 Compact had a plastic body), but core hardware should be the same.

Benchmarks have leaked for a Sony H8441 with a 720p HD screen and Android 8.0 Oreo from html5test. We think this could be the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, though the results give little else away.

We'll keep you posted on any Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact rumours as we hear them.

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