Sony has released its latest flagship smartphone on the second day of Mobile World Congress (MWC), unveiling the Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact that addresses past criticism of its handsets' aesthetics.
Indeed, what stands out most about the well-specified device is that Sony has made a big effort to update the design of its new devices over previous releases. As a result, the Xperia XZ2 boasts a fresh "3D glass surface" (their words) that creates a seamless form that Sony claims is more comfortable in the hand.
Despite being made of glass, the new design is said to be super tough, with Gorilla Glass and a metal frame protecting the device from drops and tumbles, while giving the smartphone a more upmarket feel. And, as with most of Sony's previous smartphones, the XZ2 is IP65/IP68 certified, meaning its dust and waterproof.
"It's the strongest product we've ever brought to market," a Sony representative claimed in a pre-briefing ahead of MWC. "As we know our customers drop products."
Boasting a 13 per cent bigger screen than its predecessor, the Xperia XZ, the new and improved flagship handset features a 5.7in FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio for nicer, wider viewing experiences.
It's also said to be the "world's first smartphone to be able to support 4K HDR movie recording" thanks to an upgraded 19MP Motion Eye camera, which touts ISO levels of 12,800 and a 960FPS FHD slow-mo video capture, meaning it can capture in Full HD moving image (previously in 720p in the Xperia XZ1) for super slow-mo recordings.
One of the other interesting new software features of the XZ2 is its ability to take a selfie with its 3D body scanning tech, which we saw in the firm's previous flagship.
"You can now capture your head in a single scan to use as an avatar, etcetera," said Sony. "And the quality of the image has also been improved, with the XZ2 uploading the scan processing to the server to improve the speed."
Sony claimed that this feature will also support 3D objects in Facebook feeds as well. "To do this, all you need to do is send scan to sony server, and this sends to your facebook feed and sends back to sony server so your friends can rotate it around," the firm added.
This kind of intensive software task is possible thanks to the XZ2 making use of Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 processor alongside 4GB of RAM. There's also a faster GPU, CPU and Qualcomm modem, Sony claimed, that offers download speeds up to 1.2GBps.
Both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be available globally from March 2018, and available in silver ("Liquid Silver"), black ("Liquid Black"), green ("Deep Green") and pink ("Ash Pink"). Prices are yet to be confirmed.
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