Sony basically made my dream phone, but why must it look like that?

Posted:  February 26, 2018   By:    32 comments   


Intro

Like the Wakandans in Black Panther, smartphone makers happened upon a source of incredible power with near unlimited potential: The 18:9 aspect ratio display with super slim bezels. Whoever wielded this power could put big screens into small smartphone bodies in a way that hadn’t been done before, opening up a world of possibilities when it came to smartphone design.

However, for the most part, everyone became obsessed with putting even bigger displays into even larger smartphone bodies. That is, until today. Today, Sony launched two brand new smartphones — the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact — and one of them is the kind of smartphone I’ve been pining for since I reviewed the iPhone 8. There’s just one problem.

Xperia XZ2

Now I know this may come as a surprise to you but when I say brand new Sony phone, I actually mean it. The company has finally ditched the “timeless design” of their “loop surface” smartphone body in favour for a complete overhaul. The Xperia XZ2 looks like no Sony Xperia phone before, and I think it is a very bold move.

Does that mean it’s a really sexy smartphone now? Not really. It’s very modern in the sense that it’s a glossy glass and metal sandwich but it’s not really a gorgeous new look that we’ve never seen before. In fact, it reminds me a lot of the HTC U11.

Still, that’s not a bad thing because the design works. The XZ2 a phone that I doubt anyone will have a problem holding in their hands thanks to the gentle curve of the back and the rounded metal frame. I’d say it’s a lot more ergonomic than the flat Xperias of the past so props to Sony on that. I’m particularly glad that they had the courage to finally change things up a bit and this glass body even gives Sony the added benefit of being able to equip the XZ2 with wireless charging.

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In the specs department, Sony hasn’t really skimped on anything either. You get a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of UFS internal storage. You can still expand storage via a microSD card for up to 400GB of extra space. Keeping the lights on is a 3,180 mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

In the display department, Sony’s jumping in the 18:9 display aspect ratio bandwagon this year with the XZ2’s Full HD+ display that measures 5.7 inches diagonally. It’s not a 4K panel like on the XZ Premium but it still has support for HDR playback. Honestly, the screen looks about as good as it does on any of Sony’s other flagships, so I have no complaints.

Besides its new location in the middle of the smartphone’s body, the 19MP Motion Eye camera hardware hasn’t changed that much. But, the smartphone’s camera capabilities have definitely improved. Remember the 960 fps ultra slow-motion 720p video recording Sony pioneered last year? This year, they’re improving that further, bumping resolution up to 1080p (Full HD). Although you’re going to get more detail, this mode still struggles with noise.

That said, my biggest problem with the 960fps slow motion footage is with how the footage is captured and that much hasn’t changed. You still need to manually tap the shutter button to activate the feature, so that means you will still need cat-like reflexes to capture those split second moments. In this respect, I think Samsung has the better idea.

Sony’s also added the 3D face scanning feature, that debuted on the XZ1, to the front camera of the XZ2 so now you can easily scan your own face. They also improved the quality of the 3D scan and added the ability to post your scans directly to your Facebook timeline with the 3D Creator app.

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Now, while specs and performance are great, I think my favourite new feature on the Sony Xperia XZ2 is the haptic feedback produced by Sony’s new Dynamic Vibration System.

In a nutshell, the technology analyses audio from any video that’s being piped through the smartphone’s stereo speakers (which are now even louder than before) and then proceeds to vibrate the smartphone to match. The effect is very similar to what Sony does with their dual-shock PS4 controller and it adds a neat layer of depth to the otherwise common practice of watching videos on your smartphone.

However, all of that comes at the cost of the 3.5mm headphone jack. RIP. Looks like it’s dongle life from now on for future Sony smartphone users. Thankfully, Sony managed to keep IP68 water resistance on the Xperia XZ2 despite the complete makeover.


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32 Comments for Sony basically made my dream phone, but why must it look like that?

Gelak

They should have just stayed with the boxy design for the compact version. The new design looks like my pregnant dad.

    Johnphoon

    Ha ha…. I agreed…. I actually loved squarish boxy type of gadgets…..

swan

cause their designer standard same like droidfuks, brain wont grow only know how to talk cock and gain likes then syok sendiri

    lol

    lol, iphone design same for how many years?? Feel dumbf*ck already??

Eneloop

Sony oh sony, still without ois on the main camera…what are your thinking?King of phone this year still will be the s9, from designs, features, everything completes, and without a ridiculous pricetag like apple.

Tamstone

I don’t like the new design

fukx

only idiotik droidfuks still wait for S.O.N.Y.
its a dead shit brand!

RichFatGuy

Sony going downhill. no doubts..

    fukxx

    its nearing the bottom of the ocean!

doyee

you said samsung have a good idea? samsung only copy xperia super slow mo tech. Japan technology is the best. The only problem with this new xperia is the design, front screen is beautiful, but back is terrible.

Dev

Buy the XZ1 Compact. It’s not that much of a downgrade and it’s getting a decent LineageOS port.

Getting Screen on Time of 6+ hours on Sultan’s Lineage on OnePlus 3. No reason to use these modern iterations of Android with rubbish implementations like Touchwiz.

Razer

The only advantage is snapdragon 845 & Oreo. Nothing much.Poor design & no edge screen. another major flop for Sony:(

Satsuki

Sony has filing a Divorce with me yesterday and I already signed it.

Isn’t it ironic, Sony now has ditched the flat rear yet looks expensive with this horrible swelling back, it’s looking like a cheap phone, but Samsung is retaining last year Samsung Galaxy S8 design with flat surface on the rear.

It is reminiscent of Asus Zenfone 4 and 5 and HTC U11 but HTC has done it better.

Samsung Galaxy S9 is what Sony shall compete it but since they already give up and their designer smoking a weed, then came this mutatating alien design with an ugly humpback.

3.5 mm audio jack is omitted and now Samsung is really happy that Sony who has the best audio accessories out there has done it first. What a shame for this fucj up Mobile Division. Gaming and Camera Sensors Divisions really distaste this lame Mobile Division. Grow up Sony Mobile Division, you are eerily idiot.

Rizal Mokhtar

Once…I considered myself as a Hard Core Sony and Sony Ericsson fan…until I met Samsung Note’s series.

Honestly….I really hope that Sony can come up with something that is similar or better than the Samsung Note series.

The latest Sony flagship, Sony XZ 2, still nowhere in comparison to my latest Samsung Note 8.

    Bard

    Couldn’t agree more..of all the manufacturers, I always thought Sony as the one that can come out with a phone that could be an alternative to the Note series. Used to be a Sony fan too and have been an avid Note series fan ever since Note 1 until 8.

    aaaa

    Go anywhere but stay away from samsung . coz after day 356 the nighmare of hardware will starts and repairing it will cost a fortune .

Elias

I think we should wait for premium to come out, I hope it surprises us.

Nick

Smart thing about z5 is the fingeprint scanner on the power button.

cakcakcak

Curve on the back feels like an old phone with swollen battery. hmm sony

AMK

It looks like an ugly cyclop with a swollen camel hump when I first saw it. Nonsense design, and definitely just gonna past like a whispered wind.

curiousbystander

The design.. almost looked like the Japan's Fujitsu Arrows NX F-01F phone.

    aaaa

    fujitsu one was nicer

Bangang dan bodo(young dumb and broke)

The phone is gonna wobble like mad on the table when you’re typing on it.

swan_dumb_fuick

just like rotten fruit… its time for them to sink….

Leshie

Is the XZ2 Compact model’s back as curvy as the larger one? Would it rock on the table ?
(Comparing with XZ1 Compact)
One of the really disappointing and inconvenient part for me is the middle position of the camera. I like it on the corner because the way I hold for camera.
And actually a fingerprint sensor on the power button would be more of my taste.
(And, an old boxy design could prevent people form interested in stealing your phone?)

zack

It's actually look likes the old sony ericsson Neo V. I read that they fixed the algorithm of the camera's software. hopefully it will be good. I hope that Sony Mobile Malaysia will be generous enough to provide free gifts (e.g. bluetooth headphone) or lucky draw to early adopters (I won PS4 when i bought xperia z5 back in 2015)

Uvraa

SONY is the Best ! But when we see TV series of flat TV 4k or FHD is worst when china made after Malaysia made is become Awesome ! Android Tv .. and now we Wait sony from Malaysia As # SONY Mobile is Coming Soon from Malaysia or Singapore ! Its will be great design and features to all. wait its way comig soon in 2019

Uvraa

Dreaming to come true .. wake up SONY .. we want more ! When u come to southasia countrys design and specs to compare with other brands .. we know u can do it !

InoriDaisuki

Honestly I love the squarish design of Sony smartphone. I don’t get why people say it’s outdated and Im used to be Sony fan. After the change in design I guess I’ll stop buying Sony smartphone. The final product I purchase is Sony Xperia XZ premium, really have the luxurious design and they threw away what so unique about their smartphone rip 🙁

    abc

    It's not the squarish design, it's those excessively big bezels which are totally unacceptable in 2017-2018.

    Bezels for the sake of bezels without offering anything special with that extra space e.g. fingerprint scanner in front, front-facing stereo speakers.

Junior

Agree!!! Awesome on this size! I definitively would change this from my S8 if wasn't for SPay

Brendan Wang

the front is acceptable but the back i would say Vivaz series is better while the back of XZ2 compact just look odd.