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Sony joins the 18:9 club with Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

After plenty of rumors, Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are finally here, marking the Japanese company’s entry into the trending 18:9 displays’ club and a slight departure from the traditional block-like Xperia phones we’ve gotten used to over the years.

Of course, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact haven’t lost the distinct Sony vibe of large bezels, but this time you get rounded corners, 3D glass and an aluminum frame as well as a curved back, which is more pronounced on the Compact model.

The pair has a lot in common: same chipset, memory, display design and specs, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, dust and water resistance, universal USB-C port and software.

Sony debuted the ability to record 960fps slow-motion videos on the Xperia XZ Premium a year ago and now that Samsung has come aboard with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Sony has just upped the game, where the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact now support 1080p slow-motion videos as opposed to the S9 and S9+’s 720p.

Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 is the flagship offering between the two phones. It brings about impressive specs, including dual stereo speakers and comes in Deep Green, Ash Pink, Liquid Silver and Liquid Black color variants.

Here’re the specs:

  • 5.7-inch 18:9 full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with microSD card slot
  • 19MP Motion Eye main camera and 5MP wide-angle lens for selfies
  • IP65/8 dust and water resistance
  • 3180mAh battery with Smart Stamina, Quick Charge 3.0 and wireless charging
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Project Treble
  • Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB-C, LTE Cat19
  • 153 x 72 x 6-11.1mm, 198 grams

Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

According to Sony, the Xperia XZ2 Compact is the world’s most compact 5-inch smartphone. You get nearly all of the high-end features found on the flagship XZ2, but some are missing for obvious reasons. The color options are also slightly different, where you get Black, White Silver, Coral Pink and Moss Green color variants.

Here’re the rest of the specs:

  • 5.0-inch 18:9 full HD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with microSD card slot
  • 19MP Motion Eye main camera and 5MP wide-angle lens for selfies
  • IP65/8 dust and water resistance
  • 2870mAh battery with Smart Stamina, Quick Charge 3.0
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Project Treble
  • Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB-C, LTE Cat19
  • 135 x 65 x 7-12.1mm, 168 grams

Both Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now available in the U.S. via B&H Photo priced at $799.99 and $649.99 respectively. The company had confirmed that Xperia XZ2 buyers will get a Wireless Quick Charging Dock while the USB Quick Charger and 2-way Style USB Audio & Bluetooth Headset will be gifted to buyers of any of the two phones.

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