Sony Xperia XZ2 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Display

    5.7 inches

    1080 x 2160


  • Storage

    64GB

  • Battery size

    3,180 mAh

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 ticks all the essential boxes for a flagship phone, and some of its performance is class-leading. However, quirky camera performance, a slippery grip and a gimmicky vibration motor don't help to sell it.

The good

  • New design looks great
  • 4K HDR video recording
  • Good app performance
  • High quality speakers
  • Dedicated camera shutter button

The bad

  • Camera can be slow or inconsistent
  • Feedback motor is gimmicky
  • Incredibly slippery back
  • Poor fingerprint sensor placement

The Sony Xperia XZ2 combines smart features with quirky performance, resulting in a clever smartphone that's hard to recommend.

Sony was one of only a handful of manufacturers to officially launch a flagship phone at this year's Mobile World Congress in the form of the Sony Xperia XZ2. With a new design, cutting-edge processor and Sony's camera smarts, it should have been a slam dunk of a phone, even in the hotly contested premium space.

The reality of using and testing the Xperia XZ2 reveals something subtly different. It's a phone that's equal parts brilliant and frustrating, and that's probably not quite what you want in your premium flagship.

Design

  • New design style is significantly more glamourous.
  • Glass back is super-slippery, making a case essential if you don't want to break it.

Camera

  • Full HD 960fps super slow motion is best in class.
  • Lack of dual lenses and slow focus are big problems.

Performance

  • Great performance, but essentially in line with every other Snapdragon 845 handset.
  • Vibration motor is cute, but it's a gimmick you'll quickly tire of.

Battery life

  • All day battery life, but not much more.
  • Qi wireless and fast charging supported.

Verdict

  • Solid performance, but too many design sacrifices to make it an essential purchase
  • The camera takes good photos, but you have to work to take them

Pricing and availability

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony's Full-HD ready super-slo-mo smartphone

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is Sony's newest flagship phone with a radical new look, super-slow motion video at Full HD and a premium processor. It's available now on contract with Telstra.

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  • The Sony Xperia XZ2 is available in Australia outright for $1,099.
  • The Sony Xperia XZ2 is also available from Telstra on contract plan terms.

Sony Xperia XZ2 specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5.7 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2160
Pixels per inch (PPI) 424
Rear camera megapixels 19MP
Rear camera aperture size f/2.0
Video recording 4K
Front camera megapixels 5MP
Front camera aperture size f/2.2
Dimensions 153mm x 72mm x 11.1mm
Weight 198g
NFC Yes
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

64GB

External storage support Up to 400GB
Battery capacity 3,180mAh
Headphone jack No
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Water resistance IP68
Wireless charging Qi

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