This year’s Sony Xperia XZ2 new flagship phone has brought many changes to the design as well as some nice new features. Sony seems to have finally said goodbye to the old square design and welcomed the rounded edge modern style. IS this a statement saying Sony is determined to stay in the competing range with the top flagship phones on the market, or is it a step away from the contemporary design they’ve always seemed to showcase proudly in the past? Certainly, this phone also comes with some very cool features, placing it at the very top among the best phones of 2018.
The new round glass backside gives this XZ2 model a stylish and classy look, but it is kind of impractical. The phone still has square corners, but the mirrored surface has a rounded edge with a ridge where the glass and the aluminum meet. These curves make the back side of the phone rather slippery, making the phone unstable on a flat surface, such as a glass table.
But, its build is solid and durable, no question about it. Also, it is completely water and dust resistant.
The screen is a 5.7’’ IPS LCD with full HD 1080x2160p resolution at 18:9 aspect ratio. The outdoors performance in the sun is decent, and the colors are quite vivid, especially if you set the color gamut to super-vivid mode. Xperia XZ2 also supports HDR video playback, making your HDR content look awesome.
Ports and jacks
The biggest change from the last year’s model is that this one does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you’ll have to use a pair of wireless headphones or a dongle. It features a stereo speaker set up which gives off a rich sound. It also has a dynamic vibration feature, which analyses the sound output and makes the phone vibrate along with it, at different intensity levels.
The back side also holds the camera and the fingerprint sensor which is very fast, but they are quite close to each other so be careful not to smudge your lens by mistake. The camera is placed a bit further from the edge giving you the advantage of not ruining your frames with your finger accidentally.
There is also an expandable storage port on the top edge of the phone, giving you more room on top of the 64GB already on board.
A gamer’s dream?
With the longer or better yet wider screen when you tilt the phone to the side, this Sony Xperia XZ2 model is practical for gaming. A bigger screen gives you more room for controls and fingers, but it is not the only advantage it has.
The phone uses Android 8.0 Oreo and has a Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset. It runs on an Octa-core 4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4×1,7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver CPU, which gives it immense power for gaming.
This makes the XZ2 one of the first phones featuring a next-generation Snapdragon 845 chipset, which in conjuncture with 4GB of RAM makes the benchmark performance excellent, approximately 30% better than the last year’s model.
It also supports multitouch for up to 10 fingers!
Even the battery pack is larger than on the previous model, with the non-removable Li-Ion 3180 mAh and the 88H endurance rating on tests. The charging is a bit slower though, which is an expected trade-off.
This model features the same motion camera like the last year’s model XZ1, as well as most of the newer Sony phones.
It is the 19MP f/2.0 25MM EIS predictive PDAF & laser AF, with a LED flash of course, which can go up to 2160p @ 30fps.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 did bring new stuff in terms of design and power, with the Snapdragon CPU enabling it to be at the top mobile phones for gaming. The screen size is also commendable, but the slippery design of the phones back side does take points off because some games like to place the phone on a flat surface so they can use more fingers during gaming. And, since this XZ2 model has a round and slippery backside, it will be impossible to do so unless you place the phone on some surface which will hold it steady. Other than that, it is indeed a gamer’s dream.