It’s not often we discuss Sony, but the company has just launched another high-end smartphone. At MWC 2018 in February, Sony announced two new flagships part of the premium XZ lineup, Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Never did we for one moment think an Xperia XZ2 Premium would be announced this soon after, but it just happened. The successor to the first-gen Xperia XZ Premium is here and it’s, well, premium.
Just a few days ago, the headphone jack-less Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact went up for pre-order in US markets at Best Buy, and very soon they’ll start shipping. In a move similar to LG who announced LG V30S ThinQ after LG V30, Sony has come out with a new entrant for its lineup in Xperia XZ2 Premium bringing the total to three handsets.
Like the other Xperia XZ2 models, Sony is incorporating a somewhat modern design language known as Ambient Flow with the premium handset, and we like it a lot. It looks really premium and has a 3D glass surface that looks super futuristic. Aside from that, the device is mostly the same as the other models. It does, however host a dual camera (19MP + 12MP B&W) with the world’s highest ISO of 12800 sensitivity for video recording and 51200 for photos. It will also be able to shoot 960fps slow-mo in Full HD and store 4K video with ease thanks to an on board Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Sony claims that the camera technology it uses is among the best in the industry with Motion Eye tracking being a new feature to help with accurate coloring and detailed capturing. There’s also an impressive 13MP front camera.
The above mentioned camera specs are on a premium level and to make use of it, Sony has included a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display. While this is great, battery life is concerning at 3,540mAh, though there should be an ability to dial back resolution to conserve. The phone will also include a ‘Dynamic Vibration System’ to help you feel audio, kind of like surround sound. The phone also retains the IP68 certification for water and dust resistance that was in the last version of the handset. Android Oreo will be pre-installed and there’s improved fast charging capabilities hidden inside this bad boy.
There will be two color options: Chrome Black and Chrome Silver. Full availability and pricing information have not yet been outed by Sony but the device will release this summer. Hopefully it doesn’t go beyond the $1,000 mark set by some other flagships because I really like this phone. It has a lot going for it in terms of horsepower, that’s for sure, and Sony might be on to something. Let us know what you think down in the comments. Is Sony gearing up for a comeback in 2018? Do they have your attention now?