Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Sony unveils latest flagship smartphones

Reuters  Yuya Shino Sony logo seen at its showroom in Tokyo Japan Reuters Yuya Shino Sony logo seen at its showroom in Tokyo Japan
Sherri Watson | 03 March, 2018, 04:01

But to ensure that, Sony has also included what it calls its Smart Stamina feature in that handset that automatically disables functions and limits background apps whenever battery life gets low.

Sony's Xperia XZ smartphones typically come with advanced features and up-to-day components, but fail to attract the kind of customer attention that perennial favorites from Apple and Samsung do.

By comparison, Samsung's Galaxy S9 offers 960fps at 720p, offering the same playback time. It will go on sale from March 2018 globally.

Samsung released the latest smartphone of their "Galaxy" smartphone range, the Galaxy S9 in Spain. Three will offer the phone in silver and blue. But on the other hand, as the Xperia XZ2 does fall into the $700-800 range, there are seemingly more alluring Android phones around the same asking cost - plus there are cheaper ones that appear to be comparably specced (like the OnePlus 5T).

The XZ2 Compact, weighing at 168 grams, will come in Black, White Silver, Coral Pink and Moss Green variants.

An nearly edge-to-edge display continues the improvements with this new 5.7-inch HDR Full HD+ display stretching out across most of the device. "We are also working with Ericsson and Qualcomm". The smartphone comes with a Super Speed Dual Pixel 12-megapixel autofocus f/1.5-f/2.4 sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). Users can create 3D scans of objects and friend's faces, as well as 3D scans of themselves using the front camera. The Samsung Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia XZ2, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco all have a Gorilla Glass front and back, with a central metal core - as is standard for most luxury phones. However, the XZ2 has stereo speakers and support for aptX high-definition audio and LDAC codecs for playing back high-quality audio.

"In the past, we've made some jokes on this subject, but today I wanted to dig deeper into our decision to keep the 3.5 mm headphone jack", he said. It has an IP65/68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Sirocco does have the edge in terms of RAM with 6GB vs the 4GB we saw in the other two phones, but that may not be enough to make up for the older processor. On the front of the phone, there is an 8MP front camera, great for taking selfies. The Pixel 2 XL is just a bit smoother and seems to have the edge in camera performance, but it's nowhere near as elegant and does not have some cool new features that the Sony has.

Wireless charging is also introduced to the Xperia premium handset for the first time.

It runs on run on Android 8.0 Oreo operating system and is backed up by 3180mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities.

Sony's Xperia XZ2 ships with a 5.7-inch full-HD+ display featuring a resolution of 2,160 by 1,080. It is also worth noting that the XZ2 has the ability to capture videos in 4K HDR.

Likewise, both XZ2 and XZ2 Compact sport the same front camera: a 5-MP, 23mm wide angle lens with SteadyShot technology. The Xperia XZ2 also has a list of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (3.1).

It's nearly impossible to justify the 11.1 mm thickness and 198 grams weight of this beautifully curved device, and adding insult to injury, that 3180mAh battery doesn't sound like something you should rely on for "all day" endurance.