The 2018 Mobile World Congress is in full swing and yesterday was Samsung’s day, but today is Sony’s. The technology giant is bringing a revamp to its flagship Xperia line– Sony has just unveiled the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Both of these featuring an all-new design, top-tier specifications, and some landmark features.

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 is larger at 5.7-inches and brings with he nicer of two “ambient flow” design approaches. As the XZ2 an IP68 water-resistant seamless glass look that is made out of Corning’s 3D Gorilla Glass 5. The all-glass design enables wireless charging and comes in multiple color choices including Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green, and Ash Pink. The smaller 5-inch Xperia XZ2 Compact doesn’t have an all-glass design, but keeps the “ambient flow” design approach with a hard-coated polycarbonate back that is scratch resistant with an aluminum frame. The XZ2 Compact also doesn’t have wireless charging. Both the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact feature a USB-C port and no headphone jack.

The display on both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact is a Full HD+ HDR that features TRILUMINOS, X-Reality, and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement technologies. They also have an 18:9 Aspect Ratio which leads to an almost bezel-less design for the sides, but the top and front still have some space, like we saw on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+. Sony’s has been known for epic displays and the one on the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will not disappoint.

Android 8.0 Oreo with a clean Sony user interface is found on both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. You can expect fast performance thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with an X20 LTE chip along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. You can also pop in up to a 400GB microSD card spot thanks to an expandable storage slot. The larger Xperia XZ2 has a non-removable 3180mAh battery, while the XZ2 Compact gets a 2870mAh battery inside. Sony’s Smart Stamina and STAMINA mode will allow these devices to deliver a longer day of battery life.

Last but certainly not least, Sony’s Motion Eye camera system is found on both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. They both feature a 19MP Motion Eye camera system and a 1GB memory-stacked camera sensor are on-board. Sony is beating out Samsung by delivering 960 frames-per-second Super Slow-Motion video capture on the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. In fact, it records this slow-motion video in 1080p Full HD or HD mode, along with being able to record video in 4K HDR. I am very eager to try the camera system on these devices. On the front of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact is a 5-megapixel 1/5” Exmor RSTM wide-angle lens. 

Both the front and rear cameras can take make use of the 3D Creator application which let you take 3D scans of yourself. This lets you bring a selfie to life or an image from the back camera. Given the new system architecture and hardware improvements, you can expect better post-processing with these 3D selfies.

For the United States, the Xperia XZ2 Compact will be Verizon certified, along with GSM-carrier support out of the box. The flagship Xperia XZ2 will not carry that Verizon certification but should work fine on AT&T or T-Mobile in the United States. The Xperia XZ2 will come in Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green, and Ash Pink. While The XZ2 Compact will come in White Silver, Black, Moss Green, and Coral Pink. Both of these devices will include an MH750 headset, a QuickCharger 3.0, and a USB Type-C adaptor in the box.

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact will land in the late Spring of 2018, with pricing and exact availability being announced in the coming weeks.

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