Gadget Review – Sony Xperia XZ2 vs XZ2 Compact
What’s up YouTube,
Saf here on SuperSaf TV, and this is my hands-on and first look at the Sony Xperia XZ2
and the XZ2 Compact, the latest offerings from Sony. So, first thing’s first, once
of the biggest criticisms that we had last year on
the XZ1s was the bezels. They were quite large, but
Sony has taken that feedback on board and now the XZ2s
have much smaller bezels. Not as small as some of the
other devices out there, but a big improvement to last year.
We now have an 18:9 aspect
ratio on both devices, the XZ2 has a 5.7 Inch display and the XZ2 Compact has
a five inch display. Now five inches doesn’t
really seem compact anymore, but the form factor is actually
very similar to last year, so you’ve got a larger
screen in a smaller body because of the smaller bezels. Now both displays are HDR
with full HD resolution, so we’ve not got Quad HD. I was hoping for Quad HD
on the XZ2, but it looks like maybe Sony is saving
the resolution hype for their premium model, which probably will be called the XZ2 Premium or the XZ Premium 2, I don’t know.
Now both displays do
actually look pretty good, and we’ve also got a new feature, which is SDR-to-HDR upconversion. Now what this is basically
going to do is take regular, standard dynamic range of video content, and then upconvert it to high
dynamic range in real time. Now, from the side-by-side
demo that I saw, it did look very, very promising. Now, another welcome
change is in the design.
Sony has had a very similar
design language for many of their devices, quite
blocky with hard edges. This has now changed for the X2s, and we have much smoother curves and they do actually feel
much more comfortable in the hand too. The XZ2 has a metal frame
with 3D Gorilla glass panels on the front and back. Feels very premium and reminds me a little bit of the HTC U11.
Now, as with all devices
that have a glass back, these do attract a lot of fingerprints, so I would definitely recommend picking up a skin or a case for these. Now this design, Sony are
calling “liquidity of light”, and with the XZ2 Compact they’re calling it “diffusion of light”. And that’s because, although
there is a metal frame, the Compact has a polycarbonate
back (so a plastic back), and it has a frosted glass-like
finish, which feels okay but not as premium as the XZ2. Both devices are water and dust resistant, and Sony have also said that they have an anti-twist and
anti-bend structure, which should make them very durable.
Now, I’m not one to
bend and twist devices, but I’m sure my buddy Zack
from JerryRigEverything will be doing some durability tests as soon as these devices are out. Now we have further design
changes on the back. Everything is now symmetrical and we have a fingerprint scanner
in the center in the back. Now Sony traditionally has
had fingerprint scanners on the right-hand side,
which I’ve always thought was a bit of an odd choice.
They work well, but it’s not as convenient as having something at
the front or the back. So I’m definitely glad that
they’ve made this change, and the fingerprint scanner
is also going to be always on, so you’re not going to
have to push down on it. You can just touch it and it’s
going to unlock the device. So now above the fingerprint
scanner is the camera.
It’s a single camera on both devices, 19-megapixels Motion Eye. Now the camera might
seem the same on paper, but Sony have co-developed
a custom ISP with Qualcomm for the Snapdragon 845 processor, and this should give lots of improvements, including better noise
reduction, better color, as well as better edge enhancement. Now with video, this is where
we’ve got a big improvement. We’ve got 4K HDR video recording.
Now this is something that
I’m really looking forward to testing out properly,
should be getting more detail, more color, as well as more contrast. Obviously we’ll be doing lots of SuperSaf style camera
comparisons with the XZ2s and other devices as soon as
the retail versions are out, so make sure you’re
subscribed and have switched on notifications to see those first. We’ve still got Sony’s super slow-mo, which is 960 frames a second. This time, however, it is at 1080p.
Last year we had 720p, now it still works in a very similar fashion
to what we had last year. So it is just a very short
burst of 960 frames a second, so you kind of have to pre-plan it and I personally found myself not using this too much because of that reason. It’s definitely nice to have, but it’s not too practical, in my opinion. 3D Creator is still
here, it’s been improved in terms of the resolution.
So, this is where you
can scan people’s faces as well as objects in 3D, and
now you should also be able to post them directly onto Facebook to share with your friends and family. But the new thing this year is that you can also use 3D Creator from the front-facing camera,
so you can get 3D selfies. Now I did a quick test
of this in the demo room, and it did do a pretty
decent job, I have to say. It’s not going to get your
full head from the back as well because you’re not going to be
able to reach that far back, but you can scan the
front of your face in 3D.
Now this is definitely a fun
feature, but, once again, I don’t think it’s
something that I would use on a regular basis, maybe you will. Now for the processor, as
I mentioned earlier on, we do have the latest Qualcomm
Snapdragon 845 processor with 4 gigabytes of RAM on both devices. We’ve not got 6 gigabytes
of RAM, once again I think this is something that Sony may be saving for the premium version. And for storage, we’ve got
64 gigabytes as a base, but this can be expanded
with the MicroSD card slot.
Both devices are going to
be coming with Android Oreo out of the box with Sony’s skin on top. And for the batteries, the
XZ2 has a 3180mAh battery; the XZ2 Compact has a 2870mAh battery. Both have fast charging, but with the XZ2 you do have Qi fast
wireless charging as well. This is something that’s not
available on the XZ2 Compact.
Now let’s talk about the audio. Obviously, Sony is very big on audio and both devices have
front-facing stereo speakers. This is probably one of the other reasons why the bezels are not as small as some of the other devices out there. They’re 20% louder compared
to last year’s models and we also have High-Res audio
with S-Force Front Surround.
The downside, however,
is that we no longer have a 3.5Mm headphone jack. This is something that we’re seeing from more and more manufacturers,
and it looks like Sony is joining the gang. The XZ2 does have Sony’s
dynamic vibration system and this is basically going
to act like the dual shock that you have on a controller. So based on your content,
it’ll analyze the algorithm and then it’s going to vibrate
your phone to the content that you have on your screen.
So, whether you’re watching
a video or playing a game. Now, this is something that I can’t see too many people using for video, but I can definitely see
an appeal for gamers. Now finally looking at
the price in the U.K., The XZ2 is coming in at around 700 pounds, with the XZ2 Compact
coming in at 550 pounds, with a release date of sixth of April. Now that pricing is
actually quite competitive compared to some of the
other flagships out there, but some of the other flagships out there do have high-resolution displays,
dual cameras, et cetera, and these features, I believe, are going to be coming
to Sony’s next device.
Sony have also teased a dual camera module that they’re working on,
which should significantly improve low-light performance, and I think this is going to come on
their next premium model. So there we have it,
guys, the Sony Xperia XZ2 as well as the XZ2 Compact. What do you guys think of these? Definitely drop me a comment
below and let me know. In my opinion, they are generally positive and I think, ‘specially
with the Compact version, for those of you who don’t want
too much of a large device, this is a great option
because it isn’t compromising on a lot of things, such as
the processor of the camera.
And features like the
4K HDR video look very, very promising; I cannot
wait to test these out. I hope you enjoyed this
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