Less than a month from its unveiling at MWC 2018, Sony has finally launched its new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact in Malaysia. These are their latest flagship smartphones with a 18:9 display and they are capable of shooting 4K videos in HDR.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
UPDATE: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now official in Malaysia. Price starts from RM2,899.
Not interested with the Samsung Galaxy S9? Does the Huawei P20 not light a fire in your loins? Well, there is good news because next week you’re going to have another brand new smartphone vying for the precious ringgits in your wallet. Who’s excited for the new Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact?
When Apple announced the iPhone 7, they took a controversial and “courageous” move to remove the traditional 3.5mm audio jack. The decision to drop the old jack was said to be necessary as the port was analogue and outdated. They reckon that it is better if audio is pushed digitally through its lightning port or you can simply go wireless with their AirPods. Other smartphone makers have made a similar move in order to save on space or to go fully digital with active noise cancellation like HTC and Xiaomi.
When Sony introduced their latest Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018, many didn’t expect them to ditch the headphone jack as well. Was it to save on space? Not really and the Xperia XZ2 is actually quite thick at 11.1mm. As a comparison, the previous XZ1 was much thinner at 7.4mm and that still came with a headphone jack.
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.
Just yesterday, serial leakster @evleaks has shared a couple of renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship, the Xperia XZ2. As revealed earlier, the Xperia XZ2/XZ2 Compact will feature a “Full Display” 18:9 screen and a new design that has a curved back. If you want to see more, he has just tweeted the full colour options for both models.
Sony will be announcing a couple of phones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2018. After sticking to the same old block design for the past few flagships, Sony is finally doing something different for the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact.