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 The decision to drop the old jack was said to be necessary as the port was analogue and outdated.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.
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Sony Mobile has just introduced the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at Mobile World Congress and it’s their first smartphones to feature an 18:9 display. For those who prefer to get a small-sized flagship, the Xperia XZ2 Compact finally does FullHD+ resolution on a small 5.0″ screen.
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.
Sony will be announcing a couple of new smartphones during MWC 2018 that’s happening next week. Ahead of the big event, Sony has released a teaser that hints a new design change for its next flagship.
Apart from Samsung, Sony has confirmed its presence at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. After launching its latest mid-range Xperia XA2/XA2 Ultra smartphones at CES 2018, it’s time for Sony to reveal its new high-end models.
After the Xiaomi Mi MIX, almost every manufacturer has a “bezel-less” or an 18:9 display flagship smartphone in their lineup. Now it appears that Sony is releasing a “bezel-less” smartphone of their own which boasts a screen to body ratio of over 90%. That’s Mi MIX levels of all-screen and minimal bezels.
One of Sony Mobile‘s biggest criticisms is of their apparent lack of desire to redesign their handsets — recycling the same old look over and over again. Well, it’s that and the fact that, up until recently, Sony’s handsets have been awful value for money.
For 2018, it looks like Sony could be fixing at least one of those problems.