Sony's new flagships ditch an aging design for full screens

Posted February 24, 2018

On Friday, VentureBeat's Evan Blass shared a slew of leaked renders and specifications of the upcoming Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact smartphones, which Sony is expected to reveal at its media event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2018.

That has been aided by the fact that Sony executives have been talking up the new redesign for whatever new flagship handset they have coming down the pipe. "The XZ2 Compact's display size is listed at 5.0", plus a smaller 2870mAh battery. The specs leak on the Compact version reveal that the two phones will have almost the same specs, with the only difference being the display size. Both will be available in black, silver, green, and pink. The XZ2 Compact, on the other hand, will have a non-scratch polycarbonate finish.

Both phones are expected to feature Full HD LCD resolution (with 18:9 aspect ratios), Snapdragon 845 processing power, and Android 8.0 Oreo goodies out the box. The company's design language over the past decade has been divisive, with Sony smartphones being synonymous with boxy, non-curved form factors. But on a similar note, the full HD LCDS of both these models are protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5. Around back there is a 19MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 4K HDR video recording. The Xperia XZ Compact has a smaller 2,870mAh battery but can not be charged wirelessly.

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact ditch the blocky phone design Sony has been using for years, in favor of rounded corners.

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In another big design shake-up, the fingerprint scanner has moved from the side of the phone, to the rear, underneath the camera. The Xperia XZ2 packs in a 3,180 mAh battery (which can be charged wirelessly), while the smaller Xperia XZ2 Compact makes do with a 2,870 battery (without wireless charging support).

The Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact will also feature "S Force" stereo speakers on the front, but only the XZ2 (and not the XZ2 Compact) will supplement the audio with "a haptic feedback system" that syncs with the phone's vibration motors.

These phones will officially be revealed on Sunday at MWC 2018, which is when we'll learn pricing and other details.

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