Sunday, 19 August 2018 10:31

Review – Sony Xperia XZ2 Android smartphone


Japanese multinational consumer and professional electronics company, Sony, has released the Xperia XZ2 smartphone “to touch your senses”, and it delivers this in volumes with 4K HDR, dynamic vibration, 3D avatar creation and a big screen and sound.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a 5.7” Android 8 smartphone, coming in at 153x72x11.1mm and weighing 198g. It’s big 14.4cm display is full HD+ 1080p with HDR, and up-converts non-HDR content to near HDR. It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB UFS internal memory. The main camera is 19MP and the rear camera is 5MP.

Yet, specs only tell part of the story. Sony says this new XZ2 is “made to touch your senses” and it does this with many clever and innovative features that combine to bring an immersive experience you can see, hear and feel. I suppose you could even taste and smell the phone if you really want, too.

This includes:

  1. 4K HDR movie recording, with HDR and 4K both able to be turned on and off, bringing extremely sharp and detailed video — the 4K part — with stunning true-to-life colours – the HDR part.
  2. A dynamic vibration system, analysing sound to generate vibrations whether streaming a movie or watching a music video or playing an action-packed game. You can feel in your hands what you see on the screen. The feature is controlled by the volume key.
  3. Stereo speakers with surround sound, high-resolution audio, and LDAC.
  4. A 3D creator with selfie-scan software on both the main and front cameras, allowing you to scan your face as an object and turn it into a 3D avatar and share it.
  5. A fluid and elegant design, which is both pleasant to hold and to use. The phone feels good in your hand and the user interface is smooth and natural.
  6. High-quality cameras including low-light photography and video.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 (Single SIM) is available through Telstra in Liquid Black for $79/mth on a Go Mobile Swap Lease and My Business Mobile Lease plan (minimum cost $1896 when phone returned in good working order).

The phone is a solid option for those seeking a flagship-quality high-end Android smartphone that will prove reliable for years to come.

Additional technical specifications follow.

  • microSDCX card support, up to 400GB
  • Nano SIM
  • 3180 mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Qi wireless charging
  • Liquid Black colour
  • 18:9 extended display
  • HDR up-conversion
  • Dynamic Vibration System
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • High-resolution audio
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Near field communication (NFC)
  • IP65/68 water resistant
  • USB 3.1 type-C
  • Wi-Fi 11a/b/g/n/ac
  • LTE (4G) Cat18/Cat13 - supports Telstra 4GX networks
  • Wi-Fi Miracast
  • PS4 Remote Play

Main camera

  • 19MP Motion Eye camera
  • 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile memory-stacked sensor
  • 25mm wide Sony award-winning G Lens F2.0
  • 960fps super slow motion full HD videos
  • Predictive capture for motion and smiles
  • Autofocus burst
  • Quick launch and capture
  • HDR photo and video recording
  • 4K and HDR video recording
  • ISO 12800 low-light photo
  • ISO 4000 low-light video
  • SteadyShot with intelligent five-axis stabilisation
  • X8 Digital Zoom

Front camera

  • 5MP1/5” Exmor R for mobile image sensor
  • 23mm wide-angle lens F2.2
  • SteadyShot with intelligent five-axis stabilisation
  • ISO 1600 low-light photo
  • ISO 1000 low-light video
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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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