Sony has finally boarded the 18:9 display train, and we couldn’t be more excited. As pointed out by Evan Blass’ leak, the Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact were launched at Sony’s MWC 2018 event, today (26th Feb). The major difference between the two is the size; while the Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7-inch display, the XZ2 Compact comes with a smaller 5-inch display.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact has the highest screen-to-body ratio on any Sony smartphone yet. The full-HD IPS LCD panels on the devices are protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Sony claims that the X-Reality engine can actually upscale SDR content to near-HDR content. We’ll have to wait and watch to see how that actually scales in really life usage.
Both the phones come with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and run Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. Also, the fingerprint scanner is now on the rear below the camera module instead of the on the power button on the right edge. We have no complaints about the new placement.
Interestingly, Sony has decided to go with a glass back on the Xperia XZ2 whereas it will use a polycarbonate rear on the Xperia XZ2 Compact. Thanks to the glass back on the Xperia XZ2, you now get wireless charging on the phone. However, you won’t get the feature on the Xperia XZ2 Compact. The phones come with a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers. The smaller Xperia XZ2 Compact has a 2780mAh battery, whereas the Xperia XZ2 comes with a larger 3180mAh unit.
The phones also come with front-facing speakers and a new dynamic vibration system which helps you feel what you are watching. We really don’t know what that means in real life yet.
As far as the camera is concerned, Sony has fitted the phones with a 19-megapixel, f/1.8 camera. The phones can shoot 4K HDR video content too. Just like Samsung Galaxy S9, the Sony Xperia XZ2 can do super slow-mo 960fps at full-HD resolution. The phone can achieve 12800 ISO levels for video and ISO 51200 for stills, which is nuts honestly!
The phones will start shipping globally next month. We are waiting for the exact launch dates.