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Mobile Phone Apr 25, 2018 Akash Singh Chauhan
Sony has been struggling for quite a long time now with its smartphones to level up with new generation devices. At the difference of every 6 months, the company pushes a new phone with same Omni design and little configuration enhancement. However, in 2018 Sony has decided to change its approach and move towards a better performing device manufacturing. This includes Sony Xperia XZ2 that company recently launched and also introduced a compact variant of the device with the name Sony Xperia XZ2: compact. We have reviewed the device to break down the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact performance and other details.
Comes with strong battery power
Over the period of time, Sony has come over its image of making traditionally designed smartphones. Similar to other releases in 2018, Sony Xperia XZ2 is also designed with the natural curves that get into the hand conveniently. However, considering the phone’s name and Sony’s claim the device comes with the chunky design. The phone is almost 12.1mm thick which is more than its predecessor XZ1, moreover, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a little bit thicker than the first iPhone. This makes the device to look a little bit bulky and a hefty comparing to the smartphone of the same sizes. But, this doesn't make the phone to feel odd in your hand it fits into the palm perfectly as the company claims.
The bezel has been cut down by almost half compared to earlier models that make it look better. The 18:9 aspect ratio display with smaller bezel gives the front frame a decent look.
The display of Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is pretty much impressive considering the phone’s overall configuration. The 18:9 aspect ratio is the new trend of the mobile phone industry which Sony has also accepted. The phone owns a 5-inch screen which is almost 0.4-inch large er than its previous model. However the 5-inch screen doesn't feel like compact while holding a hand, but the increased aspect ration made it's easy to reach the top edge with one hand. The display is based on LCD panel embedded with the Mobile HDR functionality the Sony uses to put everything with more details and vibrancy on the screen. The screen of the device is protected by latest Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Sony made sure that the users looking for a compact smartphone doesn't have to compromise with the power of the phone. Sony Xperia XZ2 comprises Octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The internal storage, which expandable with the microSD card slot up to 400GB which is huge. The phone is dual SIM supportable but comes with the hybrid slot, so you need to choose between microSD or the second SIM. There is a perfectly working fingerprint sensor mounted at back along with a 19MP camera. The rear camera comprises a f/2.0 aperture with predictive face detection and laser autofocus capabilities. With Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact you will be getting a 5MP front camera for satisfying selfies. There is non-removable 2870 mAh battery which is enough for the device to work for a long time. For 1080p recording, there is the mic for active noise cancellation feature.
This is the section where we think the phone needs improvement, the device runs on Android Oreo 8.0, the latest OS from Google. However the operating system isn't stock Android like PIxel, Sony Xperia XZ2 comes with little adjustment made by Sony on the Android. Some of the adjustments made by Sony over the OS makes it little buggy or hard to operate for the users to operate the phone. For example, the camera features like Bokeh and AR camera effects are installed as separated apps instead of being part of the camera app.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact it the best phone in its own kind, and there is no specific competitor to it. This means we can't think of any other smaller and compact flagship smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S9, and Pixel are way out of the league. This makes the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact be the only compact size powerful phone. However, there are issues with camera focus functionality and software of the device. The phone isn't much impressive as Sony claims it to be, but if you want all in small, then its a go for you.
Where to buy: MSRP $650.00
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.
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