The Walkman made the electronic giant that created the sony that many people think of the Discman the Trinitron, all those Vaios, and even the first water-resistant phone back in 2013, it doesn’t exist anymore. PlayStation is the best till date and no doubt they are really doing well, and Sony’s mirrorless cameras are some of the best on the market, but many of Sony’s other gadgets like Blu-ray players, TVs, and especially phones have been on the decline, and when Sony’s new CEO Kenichiro Yoshida talked to investors in late May, he said the future of Sony rests upon three main categories: services, semiconductors, and robotics/AI.
The above message indeed indicates that Sony could soon be on its way out of consumer tech, which would be a real tragedy from a gadget standpoint, but also a loss because after years of lackluster phones and an overly aggressive release cycle, Sony Mobile is finally turning things around, and the new Xperia XZ2 is proof. Without the minimalist styling of previous Xperia phones and completely abandoning the boxy by shaving down its bezels and going with a new 5.7-inch 18:9 LCD display, the XZ2 looks relatively modern while avoiding features like a notch at the top, due to this the phone feels even better because the rear glass panel sports a subtle curve that stems from Sony’s new Ambient Flow design philosophy, which lets the XZ2 nestle in your hand as if it was always meant to be there.
The fingerprint sensor which was on its side like on previous Xperia therefore now Sony has switched up the placement of the phone’s fingerprint sensor, which now rests on the phone’s backside. Even after a couple of weeks of using it, I found myself trying to unlock the phone by touching the rear 19-MP camera instead of the actual fingerprint reader.
To deliver exact stereo speakers with impressive quality and ample volume, even if the max output is slightly less than what you get from a Galaxy S9 Plus which is below the screen and a small speaker slit works with the phone’s earpiece. But the Sony’s new haptic vibration engine might be the best part of the phone that feels like the week ass buzz you get from regular phones, and more like the rumble, you think on a Playstation 4 controller. But it only works when your playing games to add an extra level of immersions, but it also works anytime you watch a video or listen to music, and can be adjusted from a little wiggle to a full-on attempt to shake the shit out of your hands.
About the flagship, the XZ2 has all the essential flagship phone areas covered; it has also got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a USB-C port for charging and data transfer and even supports for Qi wireless charging. Sony or any other brand always make sure to include a decent-sized this is how it has ,180 mAh battery, which let the XZ2 last 10 hours and 42 minutes on our rundown test, far better than the 9 hours I got wit the LG G7, though not quite as good as the Pixel 2 XL’s 11:17 or the S9 Plus’ 12:27.
Though with Samsung, LG, and OnePlus seemingly the only phone makers refusing to fully embrace our Bluetooth audio future hell the only feature the XZ2 is missing is a headphone jack, in my thinking it is hard to fault Sony too much for not including a 3.5mm port. XZ2’s was kept by the sony which is dedicated two-step shutter button, which remains an absolute joy to use for anyone like me who often longs for the tactile controls found on real cameras and then there is the XZ2’s camera quality in general.
In today’s smartphones despite Sony being the company that manufactures the lion’s share of camera sensors were found and in the recent Xperia often had a hard time keeping up with the image quality from phones made by Samsung and others. Whereas we found that XZ2 is different because on top of sporting a 19-MP rear camera that’s higher resolution than the typical 12-MP cams used in competing phones, the XZ2 is the first phone that supports 4K HDR video capture, and like the Galaxy S9, the XZ2 also has a 960 fps slow-mo. In a comparison of side by side, according to Galaxy S9 Plus, the XZ2 was never far behind this and on a few occasions, produced pics with more accurate colours. Let us give an example a photo taken at a swanky outdoor working space where the XZ2 avoided the overly yellow colour cast captured by the S9 Plus or another shot in low-light at a local restaurant that made the food just look more appetising.