The Good The curved design of the Sony Xperia XZ2 makes it easy to hold, and its powerful speakers and cool vibrating function make games and videos feel bigger than life. The ability to shoot slow motion at 960 fps in full HD is useful at the right time. The fingerprint scanner works in the US.
The Bad The Xperia XZ2 looks outdated, despite the redesigned Sony. Software features such as 3D face scan are not very useful. The placement of the fingerprint sensor makes it too easy to click on the camera lens.
The Bottom Line The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a reliable phone, but we prefer the Huawei P20 Pro or Samsung Galaxy S9.
Like the XZ before, the Xperia XZ2 will be hard to compete with the excellent Huawei P20 Pro ($ 500 on Amazon) and Samsung Galaxy S9 ($ 600 on Amazon) phones. Then there is the higher end XZ2 Premium that threatens to eclipse the XZ2 for buyers who are inclined to high-end specifications. However, Premium does not yet have a confirmed release date.
Retailing at $ 799 in the US and £ 699 in the UK (there is no word on launching in Australia yet, but the price goes up to $ 780), the XZ2 is not a cheap phone. Here she stands out with a camera that takes great photos in different lighting conditions. Its high quality super slow motion also beats the Galaxy S9 phones.
Sony Xperia’s XZ2 and XZ2 Compact get a new look
After spending most of two weeks with the XZ2 as my primary phone, there are many things I liked. For one, Sony has finally updated the Xperia line, giving the Xperia XZ2 a curved glass back that feels very comfortable.
If you’re a gamer or like to watch a lot of videos, you’ll love how easy it is to have a side. The stereo speakers on the front are loud and capable of blowing sound into your ears, and the Dynamic Vibration feature, which vibrates your phone depending on the type of sound it emits, provides nice sound to complement it. This seems to vibrate mostly on the bass, so sequences of action with lots of explosions will leave the phone uninterrupted. However, you can adjust the vibration force or turn it off completely if you don’t like it.
Still, it will be an easy sell for the capable Xperia XZ2, easily lost in the shadow of the sexy, fully loaded Samsung Galaxy S9 and the triple H2020 P20 Pro with its stunning iridescent finish.
The Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7-inch screen and a large chin
The Xperia XZ2 is a partial take-up of fresh air for Sony fans who have come across minor variations in the same design over the years: rounded corners in a rectangular panel that looked like almost any other device on the market.
But now Sony is embracing an 18: 9 screen ratio, which means its 5.7-inch LCD fits into an area that is about twice as large as wide. However, in support of the current trend, Sony has not tried to go completely out of frame. Instead, there is enough chin on the top and bottom of the phone (probably the placement of the speakers), making the Xperia XZ2 feel much bigger than it can be. It’s a weird design choice that feels very outdated, despite the obvious upgrade.
Another amazing design choice is the removal of the combined power button of the fingerprint sensor from the old Xperia design – the Xperia XZ2 comes with a standard power button, now the sensor is moved behind. Centered under a 19-megapixel single camera, I found myself accidentally tapping the camera lens instead of the sensor most of the time, trying to turn on the phone. The position of the fingerprint scanner is too low. However, the fingerprint sensor will now work in the US, a feature that was not previously available for previous Sony models.
Like the previous Sony phones, the XZ2 is rated for water resistance at IP68 up to 1.5 meters underwater for 30 minutes. This means that you can technically take a shower and play karaoke music to sing while you’re cleaning.
Although the phone only has 64GB of internal storage, there are two slots for two nano-SIM cards, or you can use one nano-SIM and another slot with a microSD card for up to 400 GB of additional space. Like most phones today, there is no audio jack.
The Xperia XZ2 camera takes great photos, but misses the opportunity
The 19MP rear camera takes great photos when there’s plenty of light on hand. Low-light shots are also good with lots of detail. The camera is able to control the exposure of background lights without blowing the image. There is an automatic prediction mode that XYZ does and can help you take the best shot, though it doesn’t often work when you think it should.
However, aggressive Xperia XZ2 image processing can obscure some of the details for indoor or sub-still photos. Like the Xperia XZ ($ 245 on Amazon) HDR mode is not immediately available; you will have to go into manual mode to chat with him. Intelligent Auto + mode very well tells you the scene you are shooting – from food to scenery to night shots – although I wasn’t quite sure if it helped improve the image by adjusting the settings in the background.
As for slow motion video at 960 frames per second, Full HD (1080p) recording sounds great compared to the Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 ($ 699 on Amazon) and the P20 Pro at 720p, but you’ll need plenty of outside light to really take advantage of it. Otherwise, you will have a lot of noise in your video or flicker from your fluorescent lights when shooting indoors. You also have to guess very well when you need slow motion magic that is not as simple as it sounds. Blink and you will miss the action, and eventually you will come out of slowly shooting a boring scene.
However, when all conditions are right, a super slow motion video is a great complement to your Instagram stories, such as bursting a bubble or catching a skateboard flipping through the air.
Trying to offer more features, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 highlights applications that allow you to scan 3D objects, view augmented scenes, and take portrait shots that take a blur of a background called Bokeh. Why didn’t Sony integrate these features into the main camera, especially when their competitors do it? Instead, by splitting the features, Sony has made you want to hunt for what you want.
Apart from Bokeh, 3D and AR applications are fun to try once, but you probably won’t have any reason to use them afterwards.
The Xperia XZ2 is very fast, but battery life may be better
The 3,180mAh Xperia XZ2 battery lasted a full day of use, and in our video cycle tests, it only lasted 12 hours, unlike the Galaxy S9, which lasted almost 17 hours. As the phone supports fast Qi wireless charging (9 watts), you can use any Qi charging pads to pull out the juice, although you want Sony’s wireless charger to get maximum speed – in our test, the phone could lift juice up to 36 percent from the apartment in one hour, though it was noticeably faster with a standard wired charging cord.
Based on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the Xperia XZ2 is fast and lightning fast. You will hear a light breeze on this phone, especially with the powerful speakers connected. I was completely amazed at how powerful the sound was, at full volume you wouldn’t have any problems hearing it in a crowded place, though you would probably annoy the traits of everyone around you. It’s also great for watching YouTube videos.
Like the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Xperia XZ2 is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and our benchmarks show quite similar performance, see the chart below for score points.
Sony own Android 8.0 skin retains most of the basics, but you want to reduce the font size and enlarge the mesh size of your phone, the first thing you do when you get a phone. By default, Sony makes everything too big.
Comparison of equipment specifications
|Sony Xperia XZ2||Samsung Galaxy S9||Huawei P20 Pro||LG G7 ThinQ|
|Display size, resolution||5.7-inch; 2,160×1,080 pixels||5.8-inch OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels||6.1-inch; 2,240×1,080 pixels (OLED)||6.1-inch IPS LCD; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||424 ppi||570ppi||408ppi||563ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.02×2.83×0.44 in||5.81×2.70×0.33 in||6.1×2.9×0.31 in||6×2.8×0.31 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||153x72x11.1mm||147.7×68.7×8.5 mm||155×73.9×7.8mm||153.2×71.9×7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.98oz; 198g||5.75 oz; 163g||6.3 oz; 180g||5.7 oz, 162g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Camera||19-megapixel||12-megapixel||40-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome, 8-megapitxel telephoto||Dual 16-megapixel (71 degree, f/1.6 and 107 degree, f/1.9)|
|Front-facing camera||5-megapixel||8-megapixel||24-megapixel camera||8-megapixel (f/1.9)|
|Processor||2.7GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)||2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 970||2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||64GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||128GB||64GB|
|Expandable storage||400GB||400GB||None||Up to 2TB|
|Fingerprint sensor||Back||Back||Below screen||Back|
|Special features||960fps super-slow-motion in 1080p or 720p resolution||Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super-slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning||Three rear cameras, super slow mo video (960fps), 3X optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, water-resistant (IP67)||Water resistant (IP68), wireless charging, DTS:X 3D Surround, Quad DAC|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$799||Varies: $720-$800 (64GB)||Converts to $1,140||TBA|
|Price (AUD)||Converts to AU$780||AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)||Converts to AU$1,470||TBA|