Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is superior to the Sony Xperia XZ2 in more ways than one. From its superlative infinity design to its promising variable aperture primary rear camera, the Galaxy S9 packs more than a punch. It packs a knockout punch. And to be entirely honest, the XZ2 is a boring looking device.
But, there’s one solid reason why I can easily recommend the Xperia XZ2 over the Galaxy S9: it’s superior video recording capabilities. At least on paper.
Oh, what’s so great about the Xperia XZ2’s video recording?
The Samsung Galaxy S9 (and the Samsung Galaxy S9+) can now record slow-motion 960fps video at 720p resolution. While that’s great, Sony was the first to introduce this feature in last year’s Sony Xperia XZ. This year though, Sony has decided to up the ante. The newly launched Sony Xperia XZ2 at MWC 2018, can now shoot 960 FPS video at 1080p resolution now! Higher resolution should ideally offer more details.
You’ll have to live with one trade-off, however, now you can shoot only 0.1 seconds of super slow motion video using the Xperia XZ2. Don’t worry, it gets stretched to 3 seconds of footage. On the flip side, you can record 0.2 seconds of super slow motion video on the Samsung Galaxy S9, which gets stretched to 6 seconds of total footage.
Additionally, the Xperia XZ2 can shoot 4K HDR video. Making it the first phone to come with this ability. The Xperia XZ2 can shoot this video in HLG format, not Dolby Vision or HDR10. The advantage of shooting in HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) format is that you can also view the same video on a standard definition TV. Therefore, you will be able to shoot and view the same content on your own TV, which is great.
So, should I buy the Xperia XZ2 over the Samsung Galaxy S9?
Okay, this is a question I cannot answer at the moment. Primarily because one solid spec is not enough to sway the vote in the favour of the Xperia XZ2. We’d also need to test the phones for image quality and stabilisation.
Regardless, both the phones have immense potential, and we can only wait and watch for now.