MWC 2018: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the new powerhouse in town

Sony new smartphones offer thin bezels, run on Qualcomm’s top of the line chipset and support wireless charging.

Sony new smartphones offer thin bezels, run on Qualcomm’s top of the line chipset and support wireless charging.

The big announcement from Sony at this year’s MWC (Mobile World Congress) includes the Xperia XZ2 and its smaller variant the Xperia XZ2 Compact. Both smartphones run Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box, support Qi wireless charging like the latest Apple iPhones and will be available globally from March 2018. Their prices will be announced later.

Xperia XZ2

This is the new flagship smartphone from Sony and the first in its portfolio to offer the new thin bezel design that is in vogue these days. It is also the first smartphone by the company to run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor which supports faster Gigabit LTE download speeds. Sony has coupled the chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage with the option to add up to 400GB more with a microSD card.

The thin bezel design makes it compact in size. It stands 153mm tall and 72mm wide, which is less than a conventional big screen smartphone. Despite the new design, Sony smartphone is going to feel heavy as it tips the scales at 198g. The likes of OnePlus 5T, which offers an even bigger 6-inch screen, weighs just 162g. But the Xperia XZ2’s 5.7-inch screen supports Full HD (2,160×1,080p) HDR, which means colours will look richer than most smartphones with similar resolution.

The XZ2 will be available in liquid silver, liquid black, deep green and ash pink colour options and comes with IP65/68 rating which means it can withstand rain and water splashes as long as all the ports are closed.

Unfazed with the dual camera fad, Sony has gone with a single 19-megapixel camera with 25mm wide lens and pixel size of 1.2um. It supports 4K HDR recording.

Xperia XZ2 Compact

This is a stripped own variant of the Xperia XZ2 and has almost everything in common except the screen size, colour options and battery capacity. It offers a similar thin bezel design and aspect ratio of 18:9 but on a smaller 5-inch HDR ready display with resolution of 2,160×1,080p. Available in black, white silver, moss green and coral pink colour options, the Xperia XZ2 Compact has a smaller 2,870mAh battery and weighs 168g.

The smartphones will be competing with Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones, which also run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, but offer bigger 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch screens with higher resolution of 2,960×1,440p and are a lot lighter (the S9 weighs 163g and S9+ weighs 189g) in comparison.