The recent leaks of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact left little to the imagination when it came to the official unveiling by Sony at Mobile World Congress 2018. Now the wraps have been taken off by Sony, attention can finally focus on what matters – what these devices mean for Sony and should you care.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your preference, the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact still retain the larger bezel on the top and bottom of the device that we’ve come to know and recognize from a Sony device. That’s where the similarities seem to end as we’re greeted with a new design that sees rounded corners move away from the boxier design previous Xperia devices have had. This is accompanied by a curved back that bulges out as well as 3D glass encased in an aluminium frame.

Internally, the two Xperia devices have similar offerings. Both are powered by the Snapdragon 845 processor, an 18:9 Full HD display that boasts HDR, 4GB of RAM, no 3.5mm headphone jack, running Android Oreo. Both Xperia XZ2 devices are the first to boast the capability of taking 4K HDR video and 960fps slow-motion video recording at 1080p. Both devices also feature IP65/68 water-resistance. Where the two devices differ come down to the screen size and battery capacity.

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The Xperia XZ2 features dual front-facing stereo speakers that will make enjoying media on its 5.7-inch display very enjoyable. Sony has also included a haptic system called Dynamic Vibration System, which should help the audio pop. The 19-Megapixel Motion Eye rear camera sees a 1.23″ Exmor RS sensor that provides the 960fps slow-motion video capability and that’s paired with a 5-Megapixel front-facing wide-angle lens. Powering the XZ2 is a 3180mAh battery with Qualcomm QC 3.0 wireless charging and USB-PD. It comes in Deep Green, a purple’ish Ash Pink, and the usual Silver and Black options.

If a larger screen isn’t your thing then Sony cater for that with the Xperia XZ2 Compact that features a 5-inch display. You’ll get the stereo speakers from the larger model but without the new haptic system. The XZ2 Compact comes in Moss Green and Coral Pink color variants, as well as the Black and White Silver offerings.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be available in March 2018 globally and with the fingerprint sensor finally finding its way to the U.S could help the company claw back some of the smartphone market share it has recently fallen behind in. It’s great to see Sony finally releasing a device that can compete in design with the other flagships on the market and not just on the spec sheet. With smartphone screen sizes on the larger side of 5.5-inches becoming the norm, I can see the XZ2 Compact being a very popular choice for someone that wants a flagship device in a smaller body.

Are you interested in the latest Sony offerings from MWC 2018? Drop us a comment below and let us know your thoughts.

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