Sony Xperia XZ2 magical unboxing and first look

The new Sony Xperia XZ2 (see full specs here) has arrived in the office for review and before we put it through a bunch of tests and benchmarks, here is a first look at the upcoming Sony flagship.

So let's waste no time: it's time to unbox the XZ2, see what's inside the box and get some first impressions of the phone.

What's in the box:
  • Phone
  • Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger (USB-A, 16 watts)
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
  • User Manuals

The XZ2 adopts a new taller and narrower, 2:1 aspect ratio for its 5.7-inch display and it looks sleek. On paper, it's listed as one of the thickest phones out there, but in real life it does not feel excessively bulky because of the curved back and actually handles nicely. It is also built reassuringly solidly. The back is made of glass and looks very stylish, but the black model that we got also showed fingerprint smudges very noticeably and you would need to clean it often to keep it in pristine condition.

A quick glance at the specs reveals the top-level Snapdragon 845 system chip, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. On the back, you have a 19-megapixel "Motion Eye" camera, the first ever on a phone to be able to record 4K HDR videos.

The XZ2 also has a few tricks up its sleevs: 960fps super slow motion recording, a new vibration motor that responds to music and games, and makes the phone feel more interactive, almost like a game controller (you can also disable this functionality, if you don't like it). Last, but not least: new and more powerful loudspeakers.

How will the XZ2 perform in the daily grind and how does it compare against top devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone X and the rest? We'll be looking for answers to these questions in the coming days, so stay tuned for our full review!



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2623; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Legend says that the creaking sound made when pulling the box open the firat time actually sounds just like the word "disappointment".

9. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

The galaxy and iPhones are already disappointing

33. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Really? I can't agree.

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You need your hearing checked, it sounds more like "depreciation". That applies to ALL phones.

2. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Best smatphone , best headphones Free

24. umaru-chan

Posts: 371; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Well, you reek of desperation but your comments certainly annoy the hell out of a certain Samsung trash. For that alone you deserve my praise. Good job, keep it up.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

spectacular smartphone

4. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

One thing for sure; Sony are the masters of beautiful start up and wake up animations. Already the previous animated Loops that were being pushed softly to the left by touching the side fingerprint scanner were beautiful, but this one is also great; In the same way, these drops move towards you by pushing them from the back with the fingerprint scanner.

5. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Reminds me of HTC phones. But older Sony phones (2010-2011) also employ this design, at the back. Anyway, hate that they removed the freaking 3.5mm headphone jack.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

This will be in the top 10 android phones of 2018.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

But bottom 10 for flagship sales

20. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

In the top 10 android phones of 2018?! LOL! STOP JOKING!

22. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

this is a joke? hdr 2020 10 bits screen with SDR to HDR image processor, 4k hdr recording, acoustic sound system, the fastest mobile phone on the market, 960 fps 1080 p, etc , etc. the only joke is your phone

7. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

VĂ­ctor Could you do versus displays?

10. Sadiq23

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 30, 2017

Nice phone but what happens if i somehow lose the headphone adapter due to unforseen, unfortunate, unknown or unexpected circumstances?

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Same thing that would happen if you lost your headphones, you go and buy a new pair

19. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Or buy wireless headphone

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I am glad the sim card slot is still a flap. Better than using that stupid tool .

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wtf, seems like Sony fanboys hijacked this article

14. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Well, I think it's actually a good phone if you don't care about the 3.5mm jack. I really like its design, and Sony has one of the best skins + good updates.

15. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's the same guy posting multiple comments. Ciro is living in his own bubble where Sony are the most innovative smartphone manufacturer and are the only ones who produce quality phones.

16. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

will not be samsung with its 8-bit screens, sdr recording and 0 innovations

18. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You mean the same screen that everyone crowns it as the best screen on a mobile phone? Lol

23. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

You mean fakemate a web that sells usbs and only analyzes samsungs? Lol Well does not analyze phones only published reports

26. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Whatever helps you sleep at night buddy.

28. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

29. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How sad, a Sony fanboy bragging about other brand beating the S9 in a camera test. And while you're at it, why don't you search for previous tests where they had a Sony flagship competing against them? I would love to see your reaction to the results.

31. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

About camera can we use gsmarena comparison tool as a reference? Good Light : Low Light : I don't about you but to my eyes Xperia XZ2 looks better than both Galaxy S9 but that's probably because my phone screen is not good enough to see the true details of Galaxy S9 shots because the maker of my phone never sends their phone to the displaymate to be crowned as a phone with the best screen.

37. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Xz2 destroy All this in camera, I remind you that it is the only one with 4k hdr and 5 axis stabilizer

30. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

If only sony was in that list :))

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