Sony's flagship handset for 2018 is shaping up to be a serious contender, especially if you like top-notch photographic capabilities.
When does the Sony Xperia XZ2 come out? Availability yet to be confirmed but it's expected to launch at MWC 2018.
What’s new about the Sony Xperia XZ2? Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4K HDR video recording, new design.
How much will the Sony Xperia XZ2 cost? Expect premium pricing around the $1,000–$1,200 price point.
What is the Sony Xperia XZ2?
The Sony Xperia XZ2 is effectively the successor to the flagship Sony smartphone crown currently held by the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. It will run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845, as will the smaller Xperia XZ2 Compact handset.
Sony has comprehensively redesigned the look and feel of its flagship phones for 2018. Where previous Xperia designs tended towards a boxy look that was somewhat reminiscent of Sony's own Bravia TV lines, the new Xperia XZ2 features a more rounded, edge-to-edge display design, with a 5.7 inch OLED display.
Does the Sony Xperia XZ2 have a good camera?
In a word, yes. Sony provides the majority of camera sensors for every major smartphone brand (yes, including Apple), and it always keeps a few goodies for its own flagships. For the Xperia XZ Premium, that was the inclusion of super-slow motion 960fps video, and that feature has been pumped up in the Xperia XZ2 with support for 1080p super slow motion, as well as 4K HDR video recording.
Is the Sony Xperia XZ2 water resistant?
The Xperia XZ2 does provide a level of water resistance, rated at IP68. As a reminder, that means it should survive an accidental dunking, but not that you should go scuba diving with it.
When will the Sony Xperia XZ2 be available in Australia?
Sony held a press conference on 26 February 2018 in Barcelona, Spain as part of Mobile World Congress 2018 where it launched the Xperia XZ2.
However, quite how it progresses from there is a little more open. Sony Australia has indicated that it will release the Xperia XZ2 in Australia in 2018, but not quite when.
How much will the Sony Xperia XZ2 cost?
We'd expect the Xperia XZ2 to attract premium pricing in line with its positioning, although quite where Sony positions it remains to be seen. Based on prior pricing history, expect to pay somewhere between $1,000 and $1,200, although it's feasible it could end up being even higher.
Can't wait for the Xperia XZ2? Here's what you'll pay for the Xperia XZ Premium on contract right now:
Sony Xperia XZ2 specifications
- Product name
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Display size
- 5.7 inches
- 386 ppi
- Snapdragon 845
- Operating system
- Android 8.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- 153 x 72 x 11.1mm
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