Despite the sweeping onset of edge-to-edge displays in the smartphone market, Sony has surprisingly remained rather adamant about upgrading even its flagship line of phones with a new design. That’s finally about to change as the company gears up to launch a bunch of products at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress. Specifically, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, both of which are today extensively shown off in a VentureBeat report.
The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, most importantly, will abandon Sony’s outdated bezel-full design to pave way for a revamped one. Both of them will reportedly feature a tall 18:9 screen on the front and will mostly get rid of the bottom and top bezels. Although, unlike their fellow competitors, there’s still a ton of space reserved for the logo and sensors. The flagship phones also flaunt a redesigned rear with a vertical single-camera arrangement which oddly seems to resemble Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2 at least from the back. Thankfully, that’s not a particularly bad thing. The Xperia XZ2 duo is built entirely out of glass, except for the aluminum frame.
Like before, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are largely identical as far as the internals are concerned. Both of them will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, run on Android Oreo, feature Full HD LCD screens, stereo speakers, and carry a 19-megapixel rear camera module, similar to the one found on the XZ Premium. The only notable difference is in the display size and battery departments.
The Xperia XZ2 comes with a 5.7-inch screen, while the XZ2 Compact has a 5-inch one. In addition to that, the former draws power from a 3180mAh battery, whereas the latter from a 2870mAh pack. Both of them can be topped up through a USB Type-C port. The other big difference between the two is the fact that the Xperia XZ2 is compatible with wireless charging and its younger sibling is not. The report further mentions of a haptic feedback system of sorts on the Xperia XZ “that syncs up vibrations to the sound“, although we’re not yet sure what that means exactly.
The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be available in four color options — black, silver, green, and pink. Sony will be officially taking the wraps off them during the Mobile World Congress on the 26th of this month. There’s also a possibility of a Pro variant, however, details on that are pretty scant for now.