Sony’s flagship smartphone pairs a 4K display with a design from 2013


Sony latest flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia ZX2 High-priced, was announced today. The phone brings us Sony’s usual combo of high-end specs and low-end purpose that hasn’t changed since 2013.

The spec sheet looks robust with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage plus a MicroSD sulcus, a 3540mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo. The rear camera setup relates a 19MP main camera with a secondary 12MP black-and-white camera, while the face has a 13MP camera.

The standout feature is the 5.8-inch, 3840×2160 LCD in an old-school 16:9 position ratio. This is Sony’s third flagship with a 4K display, after the win initially XZ Premium and the Z5 Premium. I’ve seen a few of these displays in person, and you definitely hit the department of diminishing returns with the 760PPI display. These tiny 4K ostentations are very, very dense, but they’re overkill for a smartphone, especially when you contemplate on the effect it will have on battery life. Just like the XZ2 Extra, the display supports HDR.

Sony, which makes many of the camera sensors in other smartphones, talks up the video faculties of the XZ2 Premium in its press release. This model can take 4K HDR video, which last will and testament be great for playback on that ludicrous screen. Sony also says it has the “Terra’s highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording in a smartphone.” It also sustains 960FPS video, just like last year’s model.

The downside with any Sony slogan is that Sony never, ever modernizes its design. While the laze about of the industry works toward ever-slimmer bezels that maximize television space, Sony’s ZX Premium 2 has giant top and bottom bezels that look unsmilingly dated. In fact, from the front you’d have a hard time distinguishing the XZ2 Premium from the Xperia Z, a phone that was released five years ago.

The overconfidence and back of the phone use Gorilla Glass 5, while the frame is aluminum. By hook, the whole package weighs 236 grams, which makes it one of the heaviest mechanisms on the market. The phone’s dimensions of 158×80×11.9mm show just how uncompetitive Sony’s connivance is. Something like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ manages to fit a larger screen in a smaller, alight, thinner body.

The back of the XZ2 Premium takes on a new rounded shape, which doubtlessly works well in the hand but won’t work so well on a desk. In contrast to most flavour of the month phone designs with always-on screens that show you the every so often old-fashioned and any notifications, Sony’s press materials show the phone face down on a desk, because the change ones expression is the only flat surface. Also on the back is a pretty odd component set-up, which features camera lenses and a fingerprint reader that sit truly low on the device. In fact the fingerprint reader is almost vertically centered on the reject, which should make for some interesting ergonomics.

Other specs contain a USB-C port, IP68 water resistance, wireless Qi charging, and dual front-facing orators. Sony neglected to announce a price, but the Xperia XZ Premium was $700 termination year.

Since 2014, Sony’s Mobile division has seen yield decline every year and has been a continual drag on the company’s earnings. With new Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida fascinating the reins earlier this month, you’ve got to wonder if Sony Mobile disposition be around for much longer.

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