Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia XZ2
were recently made available for the US
, but shipments won’t be available until the end of the month. Just like many gadget fanatics, we’re intrigued by Sony’s latest flagship
, which was announced not too long ago after its other flagship – the Xperia XZ2
. We just recently got our review unit, so we’re eager to see how this stacks up against some of the top-tiered smartphones released during the first half of the year. Considering that this is one of the first big phones to launch in the second half of the year, it’s going to need to hit it out of the ballpark if it intends on being in contention.
There’s certainly some love given to this phone, which is clearly evident in its packaging. In particular, the logo and name on the front shimmers in a dazzling array of colors. For the most part, the grey colored packaging is pretty minimalist – while the back gives us some insight
to the specs of the phone. And if you don’t already know, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
is a beast of a phone. Some of its more notable specs include a 5.8-inch 4K HDR display, dual-cameras, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, and a 13MP front-facing camera. You’ll find the following items included in the packaging:
- USB Type-C cable
- Wall charger
- Users Guide
- Safety Information
Our first thought after taking the phone out from its packaging is how slippery it feels in the hand. That’s probably attributed to the its glass meets metal design, a common design characteristic amongst phones nowadays, but it feels especially slippery here. Beyond that, there’s some serious girth to the phone – both in its weight and size. Compared to its contemporaries, the Xperia XZ2 Premium
is pretty wide, so expect to stretch out your hand more than your typical phone. Besides that, we have to admit that the phone’s construction feels solid.
Turn the phone around, we’re greeted with another drool worthy feature – the dual-cameras! The combination consists of a 19MP main sensor accompanied with a secondary 12MP monochrome sensor. Sure, it’s able to produce the same bokeh effects as other dual-camera implementations, but there’s more of a focus on low-light performance. In fact, the monochrome sensor will be able to gather more light, resulting in the ability to achieve an ISO of 51200 for photos and 12800 for videos. Over on the video side, you can expect the line’s signature 960 FPS super slow-motion
Priced at $999.99, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is no doubt a serious investment, but we’re crossing our fingers that it can deliver the goods in setting the bar for the second half of the year. Considering what’s on tap on the horizon, it’ll really need to step up its game if it has any chance of swaying the minds of consumers in believing in the Xperia brand once again here in the US. Expect our in-depth review soon!
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium unboxing