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Sony Xperia XZ2 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

  • New design looks great
  • 4K HDR video recording
  • Good app performance
  • High quality speakers
  • Dedicated camera shutter button
  • Camera can be slow or inconsistent
  • Feedback motor is gimmicky
  • Incredibly slippery back
  • Poor fingerprint sensor placement

5.7 inches

Display size

1080 x 2160px

64GB

Internal storage

19 MP

Rear camera

3,180 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.7 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2160px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
424 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
153mm x 72mm x 11.1mm
Weight
198g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,180mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi
Launch price (RRP)$1,099
Launch date2018-05
Sony Xperia XZ2
Finder score: 3 How we score our reviews

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

  • Price: RRP $1,099.
  • Where to buy: Amazon

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Specifications

Display

Display Size
5.7 inches
Resolution
1080 x 2160px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
424 ppi

Camera

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

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
153mm x 72mm x 11.1mm
Weight
198g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 400GB
Battery capacity
3,180mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
Qi

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