Sony launched the Xperia XZ1 flagship and XZ1 Compact devices on August 31st at IFA 2017 which took place at Berlin. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are the successors of XZ1 and XZ1 compact respectively.
Usually, Sony releases the flagship smart phones at IFA events. So the Japanese tech giant may unveil Xperia XZ2 at the IFA 2018 event which is going to take place from August 31st to 5th September, 2018. Xperia XZ2 may arrive with some exciting features like bezelless display, Dual Camera setup and Android P.
The Xperia XZ1 flagship arrived with the 5.2 inch IPS LCD Display with FullHD resolution just like its predecessor. But Sony may launch the successor of XZ1 with improved Display and almost no side bezels. Sony XZ2 probably come with the 5.2 inch Triluminos LCD Display and may sport the 2K resolution instead of FHD resolution.
Due to high resolution, the Display drinks much battery juice, Sony should do necessary optimizations to reduce Battery drain. The Display of Sony XZ2 will be HDR10 compliant, so that users can watch the HDR content on XZ2. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 will serve as protection for the gorgeous Display of XZ2.
The latest renders and concept images of Xperia XZ2 flagship show that the next flagship from Sony will feature Edge to Edge display and almost no side bezels. Already Samsung brings the Edge to Edge display design to even mid-rangers like Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus (2018). Recently Apple joined in the no-bezels club with iPhone X. Essential Phone also features full screen design with small notch at the top.
In case of Sony, renders show that XZ2 probabaly arrive with minimal top and bottom bezels to accomodate the front Camera and sensors, so there might be no ugly notches on the display. Upcoming leaks and renders of XZ2 and XZ2 compact will reveal the full design in coming days.
Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact flagships might be powered by the next high-end Chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 845. Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 845 chipset on December 6th at an event.
According to the official specs given by Qualcomm at the event, Snapdragon 845 is an Octa-Core Mobile platform built on 10nm FinFET LPP (Low Power Plus) process by Samsung. So the latest flagship chipset will be very much energy efficient compared to its predecessor. Qualcomm uses semi-custom Kryo 385 cores based on Cortex A-75 cores. The maximum clock speed of SD 845 is 2.8 Ghz, a huge jump from 2.5 Ghz of SD 835.
Besides this, a dedicated AI platform is also on-board Snapdragon 845. Hexagon 685 DSP supports on-board AI processing to deliver faster Camera, gaming, XR performances. The flagship chipset of Qualcomm also contains a secure processing unit (SPU) to protect personal data with Vault like security. Biometrics are safely stored in this unit.
Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform contains Adreno 630 GPU which comes with many refinements over its predecessor. The Adreno 630 GPU is 30% more powerful than its predecessor as well as 30% more power efficient in all visual processing.
The GPU supports Open GL ES 3.2, Open CL 2.0, Vulkan and DirectX 12. Slow motion 4K recording at 60fps, 10bit HDR and 720p recording at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps. Various other features are Adreno Foveation: multiple technology advancements for multi-view, tile-based foveation with eye-tracking and fine grain preemption, etc. Finally, it seems that Xperia XZ2 combined with Adreno 630 GPU will give a new experience to users.
Qualcomm announced the X20 Modem in February 2017 which supports great 4G speeds. X20 LTE Modem supports Cat. 18 download speeds up to 1.2 GBPS and Cat. 13 upload speeds up to 150 MBPS. The modem is built on 10nm FinFET process and supports 2x20MHz carrier aggregation.
X20 modem also supports Qualcomm Snapdragon Upload+, VoLTE, HD and UltraHD voice features. Qualcomm X20 Modem supports LTE FDD, LTE TDD cellular technologies in addition to LTE-U. Integrated Dual SIM Dual VoLTE feature of the modem supports Ultra HD Voice for both device sim ports.
Sony Xperia XZ1 sports 19MP Rear Camera with LED flash and 13MP Front Camera. Sony may use Dual 19MP Camera sensors as the Primary Camera in Xperia XZ2. Due to Dual Camera sensors, depth of the picture is increased and can also create the Bokeh effect.
The Sony XZ2 flagship can take good pictures in also low light due to Low light performance. The flagship may also support 4K video recording at 30fps and 2K recording at both 60 and 30 fps. More details about both the Cameras of XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be revealed in coming days.
Sony uses Non-removable 2700 mAh Li-Ion battery in the Xperia XZ1 flagship. The successor of XZ1 might be powered by 3000 mAh Li-Ion battery with Quick Charge 4 support. Due to the Quick charge support, the Sony XZ2 flagship can be charged at much faster rates than its predecessor.
Sony unveiled both Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact flagships with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support, although the Snapdragon 835 supports QC4. So it seems that the Japanese tech giant saved the latest iteration of QC for the 2018’s flagship. As Snapdragon 845 Mobile platform which will power XZ2, supports QC4+, we can expect much faster charging and long battery life.
The Quick Charge 4+ is very power efficient, due to the Dual charge tech. Qualcomm claims that the Dual Charge feature reduces thermal dissipation very much and QC4+ is 30% more energy efficient than its predecessor. Because of the Intelligent Thermal Balancing feature, QC4+ manages to charge via the coolest path and reduces heating of battery. So the battery of Xperia XZ2 won’t get heated much even during charging via Quick Charger.
Due to the smarter charging technology of Sony, the battery will charge upto 90%, stay there and again charges upto 100% before we wake up in the morning. Thus, wear and tear the battery decreases much and stays at full capacity for longer time.
Sony Xperia XZ2 will feature both Stamina Mode and Ultra Stamina Mode for extreme battery saving measures. By using Stamina mode, the user can save battery juice much and the Ultra Stamina Mode can be used for special occassions to save a huge amount of battery juice. Ultra Stamina Mode disables Wi-Fi, Mobile Data and applies other extreme measures to save battery juice.
As we told in the begenning, Sony probably unveil Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact phones at the IFA 2018 event. So in late-September, the shipping of XZ2 might begin and in October, both the smartphones might hit the shelves.
As all tech giants are very eager to join the $1000+ club, Sony may also bring the Xperia XZ2 flagship with a price tag higher than XZ1. The Japanese tech giant may launch a 256 GB internal memory variant of XZ1 with a price tag of $1000. The price of basic 64GB storage variant might start from $750, according to our predictions. The Xperia XZ1 Compact will come with a price tag far lesser than the XZ1. The official price list of the upcoming flagship from Sony will be revealed in coming months.
We will update this post soon with more details about Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.
Update on 20/1/2018 :
According to Hitoshi Osawa, Sony Mobile’s Head of UX product planning in Europe, Sony is going to launch a 4K OLED Xperia flagship in coming days. Osawa says that in an interview with ferra.ru. Sony might launch the 4K OLED flagship at MWC 2018 in March. Tech experts say that the smartphone will be named as either Xperia XZ Pro or Xperia XZ1 Premium.
The flagship seems to be arrive with Sony’s new design of 18:9 aspect ratio display and very thin bezels. Like all 2018 flagships, the upcoming Xperia flagship will be powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset and also the US edition will feature a fingerprint sensor like the international edition. More details about the upcoming premium flagship from Sony will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 24/2/2018 :
According to famous leaksters and latest rumours, Sony is going to change the duration of the flagship release cycle and commit to release the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018 tomorrow. In line with the previous rumours, XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are coming with Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB Ram, 18:9 aspect ratio Full screen Display and so on.
‘S Force’ Stereo speakers are present at the front side of the devices and only Sony XZ2 features the audio with a haptic feedback system that syncs up vibrations to sound. The Xperia XZ2 sports 3180 mAh battery with USB-C Charging and Wireless charging support while the Compact sports 2870 mAh battery with wired charging only.
Update on 27/2/2017 :
In line with the earlier rumours and leaks, Sony announced the first Xperia flagship of 2018 at MWC 2018 on 25th, February. Specsheet includes Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB Ram, 5.7 inch 18:9 ratio IPS LCD Display, 3180 mAh battery etc. The flagship available in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green and Ash Pink color variants. The US variant of the device will come with fingerprint sensor, according to some officials. The pricelist of the flagship is yet to be released.