Sony Xperia XZ2 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Sony Xperia XZ2
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Quick Verdict

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

Sony Xperia XZ2 at a glance
When did the Sony Xperia XZ2 come out? Launched in Australia on 28 May 2018
What’s new about the Sony Xperia XZ2? Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4K HDR video recording, new design
How much does the Sony Xperia XZ2 cost? $1,099 outright

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.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.7
Display resolution (pixels) 2160 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 424
Processor Snapdragon 845
Height (mm) 153
Width (mm) 72
Depth (mm) 11.1
Weight (g) 198
Battery size (mAh) 3,180
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 400GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 4
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 19
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.2
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 16th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 845
6
2880 x 1440
64GB
Snapdragon 845
5
2160 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 845
5.7
2160 x 1080
64GB
Snapdragon 630
5.2
1920 x 1080
32GB
Snapdragon 835
5.5
3840 x 2160
64GB
MT6757
6
1920 x 1080
32GB
MT6757
5
1280 x 720
32GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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