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Inspired by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, this five-track ambient wonder finds the New York producer letting pulses and motifs overlap until the tracks resemble the inside of a lava lamp.
Jorge Velez has long been prolific, but that’s been especially true in the past few years. Like many underground electronic musicians, the New York producer has taken advantage of the internet’s self-publishing opportunities—in particular, the direct-to-fans platform Bandcamp—to sidestep label gatekeepers, streaming services, and crowded retailers. (Velez’s Bandcamp page currently numbers 26 releases.) Velez first gained recognition a dozen years ago with blippy disco derivatives for labels like Italians Do It Better, but his output has gradually become more esoteric and inward-looking. He’s still capable of ebullient club tracks, as last year’s excellent Forza attests, but many of his long, undulating machine jams sound like late-night missives to himself.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
We’ve had the chance to go hands on with the Sony Xperia XZ2, and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact at the Mobile World Congress this weekend, but what exactly is the difference between these devices and why should you chose one over another?

We’re got the information to help you make the correct choice.


PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Sony hasn’t announced an official price or release date for either phone yet, but they're expected to release in the US and UK some time around the first week of April.

The XZ1 Compact retailed at £499/$599, and we’d expect the XZ2 Compact to hit a similar price point - potentially with a small hike of £50/$50. Either way, we’d expect it to be around £100/$100 cheaper than the regular XZ2.

OVERVIEW
The differences between the two phones, apart from their size, are actually fairly small.

Both phones are powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor that will be found in the majority of new android phones this year, and both contain 4GB of ram and 64GB onboard storage – with the option for a MicroSD.

The designs of these phones has been vastly improved, all thanks to an ‘Ambient Flow’ design language, which is fancy speak for ‘it doesn’t look like a brick anymore’. The bezels that were once very large at both the top and bottom of the screen have been reduced in size, but are still very present.

The back of the phones are curved outward, which makes them look and feel slightly more bulky that other modern competitors, but it does make them feel very comfortable in the hand.

Sadly, both versions have ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of USB-C, following the industry trend that no one asked for but for some reason is still happening.

Both phones are covered in Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back, which is extremely durable – and the fingerprint scanner on the back is now active at all times, meaning unlocking your phone should now be instant.

The main difference between the two is obviously the size, as the bigger brother features a 5.7in display while the Compact holds a 5in screen. However, the screen on the compact is still 18:9, offering full HD resolution and HDR, and so is capable of showing off HDR photos and videos.



It can also upscale standard content into HDR, meaning that if the content you’re watching is stored on your phone or streamed over the internet, you’re going to get better visual quality no matter it’s source.

The camera hardware is the same as on the XZ1 release last year, but with a new image processor designed together with Qualcomm, Sony promises reduced noise, better colour reproduction and improved contrast compared to the older model.

The XZ2 phones will also be the first phones in the world capable of recording video in 4k and HDR. The super slow motion feature has been upgraded too, as it will now capture 960fps at 1080p resolution – this will eat your phone’s storage at an astounding rate however, so do be careful.

So what are the differences between the two phones?

The differences are really quite minor. The compact is obviously smaller, but the features are almost identical apart from the lack of wireless charging and Dynamic Vibration System, which makes you phone vibrate in sync with video and audio content.

The compact will also have less battery capacity due to its size, but that may not impact the run time – we’ll test this out in our full reviews, but check out our Sony Xperia XZ2 hands-on review and Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact hands-on review in the meantime.

SPECS

  • 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
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Single nano-SIM
  • USB-C (USB 3.1)
  • 3190mAh non-removable battery
  • 72x153x11.1mm
  • 198g

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