- Analysis by KJ David
Representing Sony during the MWC 2018 was the Sony Xperia XZ2, a sequel to the 2017 XZ1 model that's a lot more ambitious versus its predecessor. Although its pros, such as its premium-caliber camera and high-tech display (We'll shed more light on those in a bit), make it a surefire flagship contender, we cannot help but scratch our heads over some of the XZ2's cons. These are led by its 5-megapixel-only front-facing camera , which caught us off guard, seeing that most other models in this Android class tout selfie shooters of 13 megapixels or higher -- you may want to check out our list of the best phones for selfies here. Additionally, although it's not that big of a problem, given the XZ2's support for up to 400GB of top-up storage , its 64GB-only native memory is rather ill-suited to a flagship phablet wannabe, especially when some of the best phablets boast 128GB and even 256GB native storage caps.
One of the Xperia XZ2's biggest specs is its 19-megapixel Motion Eye cam that is among the first to deliver Sony's 4K HDR Movie video-recording function as well as a super slow-motion video capture mode of up to a blistering 960fps -- two ultra-high-end (as of this review of its pros and cons) features that possibly propel it to a spot in our list of the best imaging-driven phones. This camera (along with its selfie cam) also comes pre-integrated with Sony's 3D Creator app , allowing users to scan themselves and objects around them for printing or for sharing online.
For performance, this upscale Xperia model banks on Qualcomm's 10nm Snapdragon 845 eight-core processor clocked at 2.8GHz (this is the chip's maximum clock speed, according to Qualcomm). For a clearer picture of how the XZ2's engine compares to those used by most full-fledged high-end smartphones, pop open our list of the fastest smartphones on the market here. It also bullies a lot of comparable Androids with its up-to-1200Mbps (1.2Gbps) maximum data rate on LTE Cat 18 . Accompanying its Snapdragon 845 processor is a so-so (by 2018 high-end measures) 4GB RAM and a 3180mAh battery, the latter making up for its inauspicious raw capacity by lugging stamina-driven features like Qnovo Adaptive Charging (for preventing battery) and Qi-standard wireless charging .
Despite missing out on a fancy QHD+ (1440p) screen resolution , the XZ2's 5.7-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) facade piques our interest with its HDR display architecture , which instantly up-converts SDR (standard) visuals to HDR for higher vibrancy. Its pros and cons are housed inside an IP65/68-certified waterproof housing furbished with front-and-back damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 5 panels . Sadly, this kind of body is probably what makes it thicker than most high-caliber large-screen smartphones, at 11.1mm , but its 3D glass look is noteworthy nevertheless.
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Summing up, this step-up model to the Xperia XZ1 likely appeals to techies, especially those who have a soft spot for upscale visuals and advanced imaging features.
** This phone is also known as: Sony XZ2
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