Sony Xperia XZ2 hands-on: up close with Sony's fresh, new design philosophy
It's that time of year again, kiddies; Mobile World Congress is in full swing and with it comes a flagship phone announcement from Sony Mobile. Say hello to the Sony Xperia XZ2!
Processor and Performance
Another big focus for the Xperia XZ2 was its prowess in entertainment. High-resolution audio playback through Bluetooth and USB-C is achievable with Sony's patented LDAC codecs, while the XZ2's stereo speakers are 20% louder than those on the XZ1. Sony's also added a neat trick here as well, dubbed Dynamic Vibration. Implementing a haptic feedback actuator twice the size of the previous version, the XZ2 takes audio from games, music, and videos and emphasizes it with haptic feedback from the phone. This will mostly focus on lower-pitch sounds. For instance, games like Angry Birds will have more of a thud when you're destroying those pig's houses, while music and movies will also be more tactile, and presumably more immersive experiences. Dynamic Vibration can also be turned off if the user so desires.
3.1 port to support such connections. Otherwise, Bluetooth 5.0 and Qi wireless charging round out connectivity satisfactorily on this phone.
Sony definitely appears to have checked all the right boxes for a solid high-end flagship. With powerful specs, refreshed aesthetics, and rich multimedia capabilities, the Xperia XZ2 is ready to take on the competition. And with all of this finally comes the until-now elusive fingerprint scanner, while the power to shoot 4K HDR video and playing it back on its HDR screen gives the XZ2 an edge over its rivals. Altogether, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a uniquely designed and high-performing flagship device. We just hope for Sony's sake that this isn't "too little too late" for mainstream consumers.