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Sony unveils two new flagship phones which feature a new design and improved cameras

By Nestor Domingo Jr & James Lu - on 1 Mar 2018, 3:29pm

Sony unveils two new flagship phones which feature a new design and improved cameras

Sony has announced two new flagship smartphones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018: The 5.7-inch Xperia XZ2 and the 5-inch Xperia XZ2 Compact. 

Xperia XZ2

Sony has finally ditched its OmniBalance design that has been using for the past five years, and is debuting a new, curvier, more organic look called "Ambient Flow". The phone has a curved Gorilla Glass 5 back that makes it more ergonomic in hand, and an ultra glossy metallic finish that has given the resemblances of the HTC U11. An extra tall 18:9 aspect ratio display helps keep the 5.7-inch Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080) screen small enough to hold comfortably. The screen supports HDR and will automatically up-convert SDR content to look more colorful and vibrant.

Unfortunately, the slimmer build means that Sony has moved the fingerprint scanner from the power button to a more conventional rear position – below the camera, to be more specific. Sony has also opted for a centrally-placed camera position instead of the corner position, something that we have seen from its previous phones. However, both the camera and fingerprint scanner are a little lower than most smartphones. Plus unfortunately, the XZ2 is also the Sony's first smartphone without a 3.5mm headphone port, which is a little disappointing coming from a company that prides itself on supporting hi-fi audio. 

On the rear, the phone has a single 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera, which, like last year's XZ Premium, can shoot slow-motion footage at 960fps, only now it can do so at a higher 1080p resolution (compared to Samsung's Galaxy S9 which can only do 720p). The XZ2 is also the first smartphone that can shoot 4K footage in HDR.

And lastly, the XZ2 also features a new Dynamic Vibration System, which apparently uses the same hardware found inside Sony's PlayStation Dualshock 4 controller. In the XZ2, this will make your phone rumble while you're watching videos or playing games. Thus, it makes that live to Sony’s tagline for the feature which helps you “feel your media.”


Xperia XZ2 Compact

If you like smaller phones, Sony also released the XZ2 Compact, which has most of the features of the XZ2, but packs it into a smaller 5-inch polycarbonate frame. However, there are a few notable absences such as the lack of wireless charging and the XZ2's Dynamic Vibration System.


The pricing and date of availability of the new two flagsip phones had not been announced yet.