Sony will hold an event at Mobile World Congress to announce its next-generation smartphone lineup: the Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact. Most of the 2018 flagships’ specifications were revealed in a leak two days ago. The smartphones are rumored to have 18:9 displays, rear fingerprint sensors, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chips.
Now, Evan Blass at VentureBeat has posted an official render of the Sony Xperia XZ2. Along with the XZ2 Compact, the phone will be Sony’s first with a 18:9 display and small bezel. It’s worth noting, however, that the Xperia XZ2’s bezels will still be bigger than many of its competitors, such as the LG V30, Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5T, and others.
Mr. Blass stated that the 5.7-inch Xperia XZ2 and the 5-inch XZ2 Compact have “largely the same features”, with a few exceptions. The phones will be powered by Qualcomm’s aforementioned 2018 flagship system-on-chip: the Snapdragon 845. (The chip is also expected to power some variants of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+.)
The differences between the Xperia XZ2 and the Compact is that the XZ2 has 3D glass on both the front and back, with an aluminum frame in between. Its front is said to offer a larger screen-to-body ratio than any previous Xperia phone, and it will come in four colors: Black, silver, green, and pink. The XZ2 Compact, on the other hand, will have a non-scratch polycarbonate finish. Both phones will have Full HD LCD screens protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The new phones will use the same 19MP f/1.8 sensor that’s on the Xperia XZ Premium. It’s capable of 4K HDR recording and super-slow motion capture in 1080p resolution. Mr. Blass mentions that the camera component layout is slightly different on the XZ2 Compact. He also says that both phones will have rear fingerprint sensors like the Xperia XA2 and the XA2 Ultra — the sensor is now separate from the power button.
The Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact will also feature “S Force” stereo speakers on the front, but only the XZ2 (and not the XZ2 Compact) will supplement the audio with “a haptic feedback system” that syncs with the phone’s vibration motors.
The XZ2 will be dust- and water-resistant have a 3,180mAh battery that can be charged via USB Type-C or via a wireless charger. The XZ2 Compact, on the other hand, will have a smaller 2,870mAh battery and will lack wireless charging.
Both phones are expected to be available “sometime in March”, but the report didn’t mention pricing details. We expect to learn more at the launch event on Monday.
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