Sony Xperia XZ2 : A Comprehensive Review

Sony, which is extensively known for its design, launched Xperia XZ2 on this year’s Mobile World Congress. Since the launch of XZ2 brochures, the observation reflects a trend of divergence, with “beautiful” on one side and “gloomy” on the other. On March 13th, Sony officially released the Xperia XZ2 Edition. The specification table is listed below.

Sony Xperia XZ2 by evisionshop

Sony Xperia XZ2 by evisionshop

Body:  Aluminum frame, IP65/68;

Gorilla Glass 5 back and front;

Dimension: 153 x 72 x 11.1mm, 198g.
Screen:  5.7-inch, 18:9, FHD+ IPS LCD, HDR, 424 PPI
Rear Camera:  19MP, f/2.0 lens, predictive phase detection, burst AF, IR sensor for white balance, LED flash, dedicated hardware shutter key, BIONZ for mobile image-processing engine; ISO 12,800
Video Recording:  4K video recording @30fps, HDR video up to 4K, 1080p @60fps, 1080p @960fps, 720p @960fps, Steady Shot; Stereo audio recording; Predictive capture; ISO 4000
Front Camera:  5MP, 1/5″ Exmor RS for mobile, 23mm wide angle lens, 90-degree FOV, f/2.2; 1080p video
Chipset:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Kryo 385 (8x custom Cortex-A75 @ up to 2.8GHz), Adreno 630GPU
Memory:  4GB RAM, 64GB UFS + microSD (up to 400GB)
OS:  Android 8.0 Oreo
Battery:  3180mAh; Quick Charge 3.0; Wireless Charge (QI)
Connectivity:  Hybrid dual SIM (4G), 4G VoLTE, 5CA LTE Cat.18, 4×4 MIMO, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C
Audio:  Dynamic vibration system, High-resolution audio, DSEE HX, LDAC, Stereo speakers with S-Force surround
Miscellaneous:  The fingerprint sensor, 3D creator scan with back and front cameras, SDR to HDR video upconversion

 

Sony Xperia XZ2 by evisionshop

Sony Xperia XZ2 by evisionshop

This Sony Xperia series has always insisted on the design semantics, but in the full-screen upsurge, Sony finally made a negotiation by launching 18:9 full screen with rounded down corner design, a lot of narrow borders and forehead fashion. With so many design implications Sony Xperia XZ2 has become a Sony mobile phone that does not have the Sony taste. The Xperia XZ2 became the “different” in the minds of Sony users. Many fans think that this is Sony’s submission to the market, but rather than succumb to the market, it is better to follow the trend of mobile phone design.

 

Seeking a breakthrough on the road to change, the forehead and the frame portion are narrowed. Of course, the screen share is only a part of the Xperia XZ2 change, and more changes should be observed from the entire body. Sony XZ2 has a 5.7-inch large-screen design, a resolution of 2160×1080. The back of the fuselage with a glass material creates the arc surface design. Although the sense of visual design and grip has improved, the phone thickest has reached 11.1 mm, which is the most vexing point. On the fingerprint recognition module, Sony abandoned the side recognition method and placed the identification key in the center back of the camera, just below the rear camera.

From the overall body design point of view, Sony Xperia XZ2 has become a leading device that has a standard, decent worth, and high proportion screen. Because the back of the phone uses a curved design, the thickness of the body has also become a headache for people. iPhone 7 Plus shell and Xperia XZ2 have the same thickness, which makes some of the pursuit of thin mobile phone users discouraged. In addition, the maker’s tough design language has been unrestricted, making it more like the HTC U11+ on the back. If the back of the LOGO is erased, it is really difficult to distinguish. Sony’s side fingerprint has always been a feature of which the fans are proud. After the release of the XZ2, many users spoke, that it was an unacceptable change in the leading design of Sony that resembles thousands of other machines. The design shows how mediocre this fingerprint module is. Because the position of the rear lens is lower, the fingerprint unlocking module is located in the middle back of the body, which makes the user very awkward to use. If you do not pay attention, you will mistakenly use the rear lens as a fingerprint unlocking module. And after getting used to the design of the upper part, there will be some discomfort in the visual sense. In addition to the positive aspects and the shortcomings behind it, the Xperia XZ2 has also made adjustments in some important portions. The first was the cancellation of the 3.5mm headphone jack. From now on, listening music on XZ2 can be done with Bluetooth headsets or Type-C interfaces. In addition, the Xperia XZ2 has undergone improvements in the speaker, placing it on the bottom front of the body, so that the integration of the whole machine is even higher. In general, the external design of the Sony Xperia XZ2 is twisted with features and specifications that you will love and hate. It is more appropriate to interpret the hearts of the fans by interpreting how much love they have to hate it. Although there are many users who spoke about the design of the Xperia XZ2, we still have to say the changes are quite satisfying. It is moving in the direction of market preferences and accepting the new trends. Although it may be a bit painful to modify the original design, if you are always ambivalent to give up on innovation, it is the most dangerous for a brand like Sony.

Speaking of configuration, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is fortified with a Snapdragon 845 processor, with a 4GB/6GB + 64GB storage capacity, and a battery aptitude of 3180 mAh. It supports fast charging and wireless charging. It is preloaded with Android 8.0 Oreo. Sony Xperia XZ2 has a decent configuration. This parameter makes it shine on this year’s MWC. Snapdragon 845 processor is the most eye-catching chip of the year and it belongs to Sony Xperia XZ2.

Considering the battery life, 3180 mAh battery is not much, but it is definitely enough. In the actual measurement, the standby power consumption of one day is less than 10%, and the normal use of one day of the remaining power is more than 40%. So, heavy mobile phone users need not worry about power loss.

Sony Xperia XZ2 uses a front 500 million pixel camera and has an f/2.2 large aperture along with 1080P video recording in the rear camera. XZ2 choses a single shot, contrary to the current dual-camera, in pixels. The aspect is 19 million and the sensor is IMX 400 that supports f/2.0 large aperture shooting, 4K video and 960fps slow-motion recording. On the imaging, the Xperia XZ2 excels in color reproduction. The overall picture outlines a sense of depth, the detail is clearly depicted, and it does not detract from the imaging effect of the dual camera.

 

In video shooting, we can take slow-motion videos, such as objects falling in the water, a moment of jumping, etc., to shoot some more vivid and interesting pictures. This slow-motion video shooting in the previous generation of Xperia XZ Premium has been involved. The recently released Samsung S9 is also equipped with similar technology. But this time the XZ2 supports 1080p resolution 960 frames slow motion, compared to Samsung S9 that supports 720p resolution.

The 3D master feature can help the user to take 3D images, such as the person’s head, food overview, external structure of the object or contour light of the face, to help the user better understand and use the camera. This is a very practical and interesting feature. Users can use 3D master to shoot stereoscopic images and make the picture more realistic and interesting. In the past, this function was only available on the rear camera. The Xperia XZ2 also added this function to the front camera, which is a big improvement.

If the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a successful product, some users may feel that its appearance is not so satisfactory. After the launch of the Xperia XZ2, many media houses called it “the failure of Sony’s products” and “work after the lack of inspiration”. It seems irrefutable, but the meaning is misinterpreted. An analysis table is given below –

 

 

FOR AGAINST
full day with single charge design not as anticipated as opponent’s
great sound quality dynamic vibration a gimmick
feature-packed camera only full HD display

 

As a revolutionary product, Sony Xperia XZ2’s role is to connect with the past. So no matter what kind of speech people use, it is an incentive for XZ2. In order survive and adapt to the market and user demand, Sony needs to embrace changes.

 

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