It doesn't feel like a flagship.
It is cheaper however... but I'm thinking perhaps Sony was on the right path a couple of generation back, when they decided on a lower level chipset, to lower the price and possibly increase the batterylife.
They should have taken a look at the latest 6-series snapdragon. (the 7-series not being meant for phones, and not out yet, either).
If they could have squeezed a bit more battery out of the device, and reduced the cost. Without having the device feel sluggish, then they could have had a product that would have grabbed my interest.
Now it just feels like a flagship wanna-be, that misses the target.
Also... the size bump, for what is supposed to be a compact high end offerings, makes it feel like they have really missed the target.
It's closing in on the size of the competitors in a way, that it no longer feels like they actually managed to squeze more than expected in to a small package...
The resolution bump on the screen was absolutely necessary, though.
The headphone output, I assume is based on what is actually an external dac/amp, in the form of an adapter, and not an actual adapter accessing some analog path in the plug, thus the performance will depend on what "adapter" is used, and thus the performance can quite easily be improved. (but I don't like having to use "adaptors", as I regularly switch hedphones/headsets, and thus might risk forgetting the adaptor at home).
Anonymous, 20 Mar 2018It is called SONY tech, and also Need for power banks for thus Sony flagship monster... Hehehe No Need for power banks,,, that is
AnonD-399271, 20 Mar 2018Battery endurance is highly overrated . These days very slim 20,000 mAh power banks are easil... moreIt is called SONY tech, and also Need for power banks for thus Sony flagship monster... Hehehe
The worst Sony design ever, I'm officially done being a Sony fan if this is how the design is going to be. Ugly, fingerprint scanner is relocated from the best place ever to the worst place ever. Phone looks like a cheap Alcatel nock off. I hope they do something better with XZ Pro or premium 2
MikeU, 20 Mar 2018The comments here outnumber those for the Samsung S9+ review (63 comments). The Sony XZ2 revie... moreI don't know if they would allow this comment. But i got my three comments deleted from s9+ review. They just promote some specific phones. So they will delete relevant critics..
AnonD-399271, 20 Mar 2018Battery endurance is highly overrated . These days very slim 20,000 mAh power banks are easil... moreNot everyone has the convenience or the ability to haul around a power brick around as well as their phone. Some just need a phone that will last a full day of hard use, no matter what you throw at it. My particular case demands such battery enduance, and I'm not the only one.
Plus batteries that have to be charged less frequently age more gracefully, as they go through fewer charge cycles over time.
jrharbort, 20 Mar 2018Since when has 88+ hour endurance for just a 2870mAh battery in a flagship phone been consider... moreBattery endurance is highly overrated . These days very slim 20,000 mAh power banks are easily available at very cheap prices.
The XZ1C was bigger than the Z5C this thing is bigger than the XZ1C, I don't like this trend and surely neither does anyone else they're aiming "compact" phones at. Sony should be reducing the bezel size, yes - but only to make the phones smaller; screen size is fine!
I only bought an XZ1C 6 months ago so when this was announced I felt maybe I should have waited - but actually I'm pretty glad I didn't. I use my headphone socket, and I appreciate being able to unlock my phone without picking it up. 1080p is pointless on a screen this size too.
AnonD-699987, 20 Mar 2018Sony losing on the ground, can't keep on other rival. Try to lower your price point.or keep the current price but increase the hardware and software quality (like using oled, put back the hp jack, redesign the old boring ui, etc)
Sony losing on the ground, can't keep on other rival.
Try to lower your price point.
The comments here outnumber those for the Samsung S9+ review (63 comments). The Sony XZ2 review has 334 comments so far.
What are the reasons Sony phones have so many comments whenever they are reviewed?
Imperator Neubaticus, 19 Mar 2018This compact fails at being compact and has poor battery life to show for all its small improv... moreSince when has 88+ hour endurance for just a 2870mAh battery in a flagship phone been considered "poor"? No other flagship can manage that endurance with a battery under 3000mAh.
This compact fails at being compact and has poor battery life to show for all its small improvements. Biggest disappointment of the year so far. How low sony has fallen.
Kiyasuriin, 19 Mar 2018Haha yes. It is ironic. Technically Sony invented the 3.5mm jack (but not the audio jack. This... moreAt least their bold move to wireless connection makes a lot more sense than how others did it.
With the lack of headphone jack, they have LDAC; a wireless connection that is superior to BT5.0 and aptx HD in terms of pure quality (990Kbps, to be exact).
Also, among the manufacturers that removed the jack, they were the only one to offer USB C charging/data transfer and 3.5mm jack simultaneously. Sad, but I guess it is what it is. Nonetheless, their audio quality has improved since this XZ2 genera tion