Sony Xperia XZ2 – First official render leaked

by XB on 23rd February 2018

in Rumours, Xperia XZ series

Here it is folks, the first official look of the Xperia XZ2 courtesy of leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass (@evleaks) and VentureBeat. The picture you see below is that of the Xperia XZ2, as you can see the design language correlates with the prototype picture of the Xperia XZ2 Compact revealed recently. Remember that the Xperia XZ2 Compact will be thicker than the XZ2, as with all of Sony’s Compact series of phones.

The Xperia XZ2 design shows the use of curved 3D glass on the front and back of the handset, with an aluminium frame sandwiched in between. The Xperia XZ2 will be available in four colours (Black, Silver, Green, and Pink). The Xperia XZ2 Compact will forego the use of glass on the rear, and opt for a non-scratch polycarbonate finish – as seen in the recent prototype leak.

The report confirms a number of specifications we already know – 18:9 FHD+ (2160 x 1080) displays will adorn both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The Xperia XZ2 will have a 5.7-inch display, while the Xperia XZ2 will have a 5.0-inch display. Both will use Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

The fingerprint sensor has also moved to the back, as widely expected, but a shame nonetheless as Sony’s previous side fingerprint placement was very functional. Neither the report or picture confirms the absence of a headphone jack, but we are expecting Sony to ditch the 3.5mm jack for the first time in an Xperia phone.

An interesting new piece of news is that according to VentureBeat, the Xperia XZ2 will support wireless charging, although this feature will be absent on the Xperia XZ2 Compact. The Xperia XZ2 will have a 3180mAh battery, while the XZ2 Compact will have a 2870mAh battery. This compares to the 2700mAh battery used in both the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact.

Camera duties will be taken care of by the same 19MP snapper seen in the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZ1 handsets, capable of 4K video recording and super-slow motion video. However, the lens may have changed, as the report mentions f1.8 glass, compared to f2.0 previously.

Other features include IP68 dust and water resistance and stereo speaker support (XZ2 only) with a haptic feedback system “that syncs up vibrations to the sound”. Both phones will also be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipsets, 64GB internal storage and 4GB RAM. Each phone will launch with Android 8.0.0 Oreo.

So, what are your initial impressions of the brand-new design direction that Sony is taking with the Xperia range? Many of you didn’t like the design of the prototype leaked recently, but that is exactly the route Sony is taking. Now that this is verified, has your view softened? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

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