We took the Sony Xperia XZ2 for a spin. The device has some awesome features, with battery life managing to outperform other devices currently on the market. With an all-day battery, great camera and a great set of speakers, you get a lot of bang for your buck with the Xperia XZ2.
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Sony Xperia XZ2 Tech Specs
- Screen: 5.7-inch 1920×260 424 ppi display with HDR
- OS: Android 8.0
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
- CPU: Octa-Core 4x27GHz Kyro
- GPU: Andreno 630
- Camera: 19MP back 2160p@30FPS, 1080p@60/30FPS, 1080P@960FPS
- Battery: 3180 mAh
The Xperia XZ2 has a fresh new design. It boasts a smooth, rounded body that wraps around the entire case. The edges are rounded and the back has a bulge, which gives it a nice subtle touch compared to the sharp edges from the older models.
The device feels great in your hands. The smooth back and rounded metal frame give the device a premium feel. While the Xperia XZ2 still has bezels, these have been greatly reduced giving you less blank space and more screen. It feels great, yes but the device has bad grip and slides off everything due to this. You will want a cover on day one because it will slide off your chair, car seat, pillow and more. It is a very slippery device mainly due to its new design.
Sony has also dropped the headphone jack in a predictable move. Many companies are pushing wireless headphones and earphones so it comes as no surprise to see Sony making this move.
Lastly, the design of the Xperia XZ2 features a full IP65/68 rating meaning you can rest easy knowing that water and dust will not ruin the device.
The Xperia XZ2 features a 5.7-inch HDR display, the only downside is that it is HD only which means it will not benefit from 4K HDR content and its 4K video support will also have to be watch elsewhere. It is also an LCD which to us was a missed opportunity given how stunning an OLED display would look on the black design of the phone. It does have an 18:9 aspect ratio which is the wider screen size that allows for more viewing on supported content and apps.
The Xperia XZ2 is powered by the Snapdragon 845 which allows for it to run and use much less battery even with HDR content and the wider display being used.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is known for its great energy saving tech and it shows on this device. The Xperia XZ2 can run a full day without issue, making it the best device for those adventurers out there.
When it comes to the performance of the Xperia XZ2, it goes without saying that it was fantastic. Moving around the Xperia’s custom OS was a breeze and multitasking was flawless. Gaming also never caused the device to get too hot, an issue we had with the Xperia Z5.
The Xperia XZ2 features a 19MP Motion Eye camera that is capable of 4K HDR video, again which you cannot view in its fullest on the device, and great photography too. It carries over the autofocus burst from the XZ1 which is great to see again on the device. This means you can snap photos of moving objects without making them look blurry.
As for the photos, which is why you are here, they are great. The Xperia XZ2 captures some stunning images in bright light with crisp details. There is a lag when taking photos which is strange. The only device we know to do that is the iPhone X but only when you take a Portrait Photo as it calculates depth to produce a great image. The XZ2 does this even while taking simple photos.
In general, the camera is great and even decent in low-light. It is not on the level of the Samsung Galaxy S9 with its mechanical shutter or the Huawei P20 Pro with its triple lens, but it is a great lens nonetheless.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 is still playing it safe. Its new design is great but it is not enough to make you want to pick it up over these all-body smartphones on the market. If you are a die-hard Xperia fan then this is the best Xperia ever made but if you are wanting to keep up with the trends then the bezels and thick body of the Xperia XZ2 may keep you away.