MWC 2018: first look at the Sony Xperia and Xperia XZ2 XZ2 Compact
The exhibition MWC Sony takes very seriously. For example, I can’t remember the last time the company came to Barcelona with only one device- usually they show at least two. And sometimes just three. This year we are dealing with Xperia Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. Name no intrigue in itself is not concealed, but in fact the flagship line of Sony has changed beyond recognition. And I’m not exaggerating – everything you could love the appearance of Sony smartphones remains in the past. Xperia this similar to anything from Nokia and HTC to Xiaomi, but not on the Sony product.
I’m sure the new design will be the most discussed aspect of both innovations. Because it involves not only new aesthetics, but also the rejection of some elements. For example, a mini-Jack. Or fingerprint sensor on the side. But the specifications had not changed much. The highlight of the program is, of course, the platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which we have been told separately, so a hardware change is due to her.
|Sony Xperia XZ2||Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact||Sony Xperia XZ1||Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact|
|Processor||845 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, eight cores||845 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, eight cores||835 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, eight cores||835 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, eight cores|
|Display||IPS 5.7 inch, 1080 × 2160||IPS, 5.0 inch, 1080 × 2160||IPS 5.2 inch, 1080 × 1920||IPS, 4.6 inch, 720 × 1280|
|RAM||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB + slot microSD||64 GB + slot microSD||64 GB + slot microSD||32 GB + microSD slot|
|SIM card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card||2 x nano-SIM, the second slot is connected with the connector for memory card|
|Wireless modules||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Camera||19 MP (f/2.0), phase detection autofocus + led flash||19 MP (f/2.0), phase detection autofocus + led flash||19 MP (f/2.0), phase detection autofocus + led flash||19 MP (f/2.0), phase detection autofocus + led flash|
|Front camera||5 MP, f/2.0||5 MP, f/2.0||13 MP, f/2.0||8 MP, f/2.4|
|The fingerprint scanner||Is back||Is back||There is, on the side||There is, on the side|
|Connectors||USB Type-C (3.1)||USB Type-C (3.1)||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type-C (3.1)||3.5 mm audio Jack, USB Type-C (3.1)|
|Battery||3180 mAh||2870 mAh||2700 mA·h||2700 mA·h|
|Operating system||Android 8.1||Android 8.1||Android 8.0||Android 8.0|
|Release date||spring 2018||spring 2018||already on sale||already on sale|
Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact has not changed in size, but the screen size a bit increased, thanks to screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Well, in General, as you can see, the compact model has become much less technical differences from the traditional. Although some of the features in the summary table cannot be displayed – more on this below.
Sony Xperia XZ2
Sony, like no other, likes to give his design concepts loud marketing names. The last was called the Infinity Loop, the current Ambient Flow. Sounds interesting, but in reality it looks like Sony did not move the masses their own idea of what is beautiful, and I gathered in the focus groups and tried to please everyone. And like XZ2 correspond to the spirit of the time and has everything needed for a flagship in 2018, but, in my opinion, the design is too boring.
On both sides of the case is Gorilla glass 5? Thanks, but now almost anyone can boast the same. The rear panel plays beautiful flowers in the sun? Cool, but that kind of freaks us for a long time pleasing all and Sundry, including the budget handset under the brand Honor. A screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9? Great, but why not make it sooner? In General, the design is very controversial. If past Sony smartphones cannot be confused with anything, the current can be easily mistaken for any other phone, not necessarily the flagship. By far the only nice thing is the slightly convex shape of the rear panel. Compared to the flat tubes of generations past Xperia XZ2 more pleasantly and naturally in the hand, but to see the difference between can only the most attentive users.
Nice (and very rightly, from a marketing point of view) that the Sony does not focus on the features, because in most smartphones that have already presented or will present at MWC, will be exactly the same fixture and about the same specifications. Instead, the company continues to improve the software chips of last year’s flagships. One of them was a function of 3D scanning of the head, face or random small items. The Xperia XZ2 it will appear better. Early to scan the head was only possible with the help of a friend and the main camera of the smartphone, and now you can do front camera and a pair of hands.
Another important detail – rendering three-dimensional models can now be produced not only in smartphone but also in the cloud. In this case, the quality of the model will be higher due to the larger number of polygons (500 thousand vs 50 thousand) and higher resolution textures. However, it is unclear how quickly it will undergo processing on the server and how well it will work. If to the main camera have no complaints – the result last year was quite good, then here is the quality of self-scanning with front camera causes some doubt. But we will definitely check it out in the process of preparing a detailed review.
The main camera is the same as on the Xperia XZ1 – it’s all the same module-in Motion Eye with a 19-megapixel CMOS sensor of its own production Sony. From a hardware point of view here everything is the same, but the software improvements, several: color correction, noise reduction and Unsharp. To test how this influenced the quality of shooting, however, has not yet succeeded. It is known that Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 MultiDrive allows you to implement noise reduction at the hardware level, but also know that Sony has long can not zoom the pictures quality is neither iPhone nor Galaxy flagship, or even Huawei. So in regard to the Xperia XZ2 I’m very skeptical. And at the same time, I would be very happy if Sony did manage to break this vicious circle. Yes, the camera is still able to shoot slow motion video with a frequency of 960 frames per second, but now in Full HD. However, the concept has not changed – you can activate this mode for just a second. Is there a measurable increase in quality – learn later.
The most unexpected new feature is the so-called Dynamic Vibration System. When watching movies, clips and games, the smartphone will vibrate to the beat of the music or the game situation. Something between the Taptic Engine in the iPhone and the feedback on the PlayStation controllers.
Finally, complete with the Xperia XZ2 will be supplied a card that supports QuickCharge. Up to this point Sony have been extreme savings, but in the end common sense prevailed. Moreover, the smartphone supports wireless and fast charging. However, this requires a special adapter which is sold separately. Moreover, a separate adapter will need in order to listen to music in my favorite headphones, the beginning of the line Xperia Sony XZ2 refuses to mini-Jack. In General, this is the saddest and most pointless trend of recent years. Despite the fact that the 3.5 mm connector did not prevent anything (including sales of wireless headphones or the opportunity to make a moisture proof), all manufacturers refuse it.
The exact release date of Xperia XZ2 in Russia is not yet announced, as well as the price. Surely it is only known that the smartphone will be released in the second quarter of 2018 and will be available in four colors: obsidian black (same as pictured), cool silver, dark emerald and ash-pink.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
The concept of a compact flagship is still relevant and good. Many still can’t get used to the size of a traditional high-end smartphones and compact devices with powerful hardware on the market very little. We can recall except iPhone SE and the entire line of Sony Xperia Compact. In Russia it is traditionally very fond of.
But if in the past the compact flagship is much different from a full-sized (less operational and permanent memory, lower resolution screen, housing made of cheaper materials, and so on), now the difference has become much smaller. The Xperia XZ2 Compact the same screen resolution and aspect ratio, the same frequency chip, the same memory, but the main thing – absolutely equivalent camera. So any future holder of XZ2 Compact will not feel deprived.
However, a smaller package is not allowed to install enough antennas to support LTE Cat18 with a maximum data transfer rate of 1.2 Gbit/s, so the compact flagship Sony only supports a network of 15 category with a maximum speed of 800 Mbit/s. However, in the next couple of years, you just won’t feel the difference, so this distinction is actually you can close your eyes.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact can boast and Dynamic Vibration System – to set the desired element in the housing again was not corny places. Well, wireless charging is impossible due to the fact that the back housing is plastic, not glass. Fast wired charging is maintained, and the appropriate adapter is present in the package by default.
Colors XZ2 Compact will be about the same as the older model, but the colors are more soft, pastel: black, white silver, smoky green and coral pink. Price and the exact release date in Russia again announced – keep in mind the second quarter of this year. And the cost is likely to be (exactly) the same as last year’s Xperia and Compact XZ1 XZ1. The past should stay in the sale and significantly cheaper. At least that would be logical.