Sony XZ2 is superb as you would suspect (review)
4.4Overall Score

Price (RRP): $1099
Manufacturer: Sony

The Sony XZ2 is superb in every way except one – it is a slippery little Sony.

I am not kidding. Place it on an apparently flat fabric couch or glass table, and it will eventually slide off all on its own. It is a by-product of the smooth curved glass back, so I turned it over. Sure enough, the highly polished front glass eventually succumbed to gravity and slid off as well. Buy a case!

That is the worst thing I can say. This is a true flagship class phone that matches comers like Samsung’s S9 and Huawei’s P20 feature for feature. And there is a 5-inch Compact version as well.

Specifications: Sony XZ2 Australian Model H8266 (Dual sim 4GB)

(Compact differences are shown)

Note: Other models not for Australia include H8216 (single sim), H8276 (unknown) and H8296 (Dual sim 6GB)

Screen 5.7-inch, 2160 x 1080, 424ppi, 18:9, IPS LCD covered in Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. 76.1% S-T-B-R
(Compact: 5-inch, 2160 x 1080, 483ppi, 18:9, IPS LCD covered in Gorilla Glass 5, polycarbonate back. 73.5% S-T-B-R)
Both screens have Triluminos Display, X-Reality Engine, HDR BT.2020
Processor 10nm Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845, eight-core
GPU Adreno 630
RAM RAM/Storage: 4GB; 64GB UFS (48GB usable); microSD to 400GB (second sim slot), OTG
Rear Camera 19 MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/2.3″, 1.22µm)
IMX400 ExmorRS, Motion Eye camera, predictive phase detection (PDAF) and laser autofocus, LED flash, 8x digital zoom, 960fps super slo-mo
SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilisation – note this is electronic, not optical image stabilisation)
[email protected] HDR recording
3D Creator
Front Camera 5 MP (f/2.2, 23mm, 1/5″), gyro EIS, 1080p
Comms Wi-Fi AC, dual-band, Wi-Di, Google Cast, DNLA
Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD and LDAC support
NFC
USB 3.1 (Gen 1 5Gb/s)
Sound Stereo speakers (earpiece and concealed bottom front)
S-Force surround and Dynamic vibration system (not on Compact)
Dual mic with ANC and stereo recording
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter
IP Rating IP 65/68 (1.5m water for 30 minutes)
Other Fingerprint sensor on the rear – fast but not intuitively placed
Dual sim (second for microSD)
PS4 remote play
Battery 3,180mAh, USB-C, 5VC/1.5A standard charger supplied.
Compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 at extra cost, Qi wireless charge (Qi Charge pad required), Qnovo adaptive charging, USB power delivery.Endurance rating 88 hours.
LTE Cat 18, 1.2Gb/s; World phone bands; supports VoLTE
Dimensions 153 x 72 x 11.1 mm x 198g
(Compact: 135 x 65x 12.1mm x 168g)
OS Android 8.x
Colours XZ2 Liquid black, Liquid silver, Deep Green, Ash Pink
XZ2 Compact Black, Moss Green, Coral Pink, White Silver
(not all may be available)
Missing 3.5mm audio jack but USB-C to 3.5mm adapter provided
Price XZ2 $1099 from Sony online  or major retailers
XZ2 Compact $949 from Sony online or major retailers
Website XZ2  website
XZ2 Compact website

In the box – Sony XZ2 Model H8266

Sony XZ2

  • 4/64GB Sony XZ2
  • Standard USB-C charger 5V/1.5A (QuickCharge 3.0 is an optional extra)
  • USB-C to USB-A cable
  • USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor (optional EC270 Y-type USB-C with pass-through power on website)
  • Sony standard earbuds/mic (Hi-Res buds/phones required for Hi-Res playback)

The first impression is a sleek, svelte, glossy, glass slab with a curved back. It is an incredible fingerprint magnet and very slippery. Hence my earlier warning to get a case.

It exudes Sony quality and a perfect finish. Sony is desirable again.

But that was not always the case

Sony XZ2Several years ago, the company had a £3bn loss and steadily lost ground. Reports state that it sold 33 million smartphones way back in 2012 and now it is around half that.

It has been a long time in ‘catching’ up to Samsung. Sure, it has made some exciting phones, 4K screens, and more but the je ne sais quoi (unaccountable) Sony factor has been lacking. It is back with a definite attitude as to what is good for smartphones.

For example, it has not slavishly followed the dual camera craze. One lens with the right Sony image sensor and the Qualcomm 845’s impressive image processing power is all it needs to get top images.

It has added a Dynamic Vibration (haptic feedback) system that helps improve multi-media experiences. It uses the Sony LDAC codec for streaming up to 990 kbit/s at 24bit/96khz.

If you use the excellent Sony WI-1000X earbud or WH-1000XMS headphones you can hear the difference.

It has also managed to add considerable value in providing a full suite of diagnostics and Xperia