Sony Xperia XZ2 review

7.7/10 AVG.
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7.7/10
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Verdict

Sony has made some significant upgrades to the XZ2 from the XZ1, but much of it is playing catch up to current flagships. While it provides excellent performance, a good display, and a decent camera, it has no standout features to distinguish it from its competitors.

What's good

  • Lightning fast performance
  • 4K HDR video recording capabilities
  • Decent picture quality in good light
  • Modern and sleek design
  • IP68 rated

What's bad

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Camera struggles in low light
  • Slippery/prone to drops

With the XZ2, Sony has finally refreshed their design to make it look more modern. But in a sea of sleek and powerful flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 or iPhone X, it might not be enough to stand out and convert potential customers.

In terms of visuals, Sony has moved away from the boxy, flat design to a more modern look. The aluminum edges curve around the rear, making it much more comfortable to hold. More importantly, they’ve reduced the size of the top and bottom bezels for a shorter profile.

Instead of a unibody design, Sony has opted for a mixed material chassis. The edges are aluminum while the rear offers a curved glass back. As you’d expect, the glass makes the phone slippery. Luckily, it is IP68 rated -- so it can survive if you drop it in a puddle.

The 5.7-inch display is the star of the XZ2. It offers a full HD+ resolution of 2160-by-1080 for a more modern aspect ratio of 18:9. While not the sharpest, it’s still plenty sharp with a pixel density of 424 ppi. 

Unfortunately, Sony’s still sporting IPS LCD technology rather than AMOLED. This means it can’t get the same deep blacks you'll find from other flagships. Still, for most people it will be good enough. 

Coupled with bright colors and great bright light legibility, most reviewers have few complaints when viewed in isolation. It was only when comparing it to other flagship phones that they saw a difference in quality.

The XZ2 is equipped with the powerful octa-core Snapdragon 845 chip and 4GB of RAM. Critics had no issue in the performance department. Whether just scrolling through their home screen, multitasking or playing graphically demanding games, it performed better than competitors like the Galaxy Note 8.

To keep running, the XZ2 comes equipped with a 3,180mAh battery. This is surprisingly small given the demanding processor and display. Experts squeezed a full day of the battery when they minded their usage. However,  Heavy usage drained batteries quick -- leaving them searching for a charger in around 6-8 hours.

To help with this, the phone offers Quick Charge 3.0 and Qi wireless charging. You can charge up to 30% in a few minutes.

Once again, Sony has bucked the trend with their camera. 

Rather than implement dual sensors, they’re using the same 19MP sensor they put on the XZ1. It also offers a bokeh mode to blur out the background, but it produced rather mixed results.

In good lighting situations, reviewers could capture detailed images with excellent color reproduction. 

The combined phase detection and laser autofocus made it easy for them to capture moments as it was quite fast. But the lack of touch focusing made the interface a bit clunky as they had to press the on-screen shutter button or half-press the dedicated camera button.

Indoor images were disappointing -- especially when compared to the Pixel 2 or Galaxy S9

Since the phone doesn't have optical image stabilization, pictures often were blurry and full of noise and digital artifacts.

Looking to shoot video? You’re in luck. It takes 4K HDR recordings and 3 second super slow motion (960fps) videos.

Unless you’re a Sony fan, critics have a hard time recommending the XZ2. Trusted Reviews states, “... it doesn’t do enough to differentiate itself from the competition... This, coupled with a complete lack of killer special feature... stop the XZ2 from being a true return to form…” Engadget adds, “... the XZ2 is in danger of being overshadowed by the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus…”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.7 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
19+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Techaeris

If you’re looking for a smartphone with decent specs that’s a little easier on the wallet, the Sony Xperia XZ2 offers just that.

- Jason Bouwmeester, Techaeris
Talk Android

In some ways, the Xperia XZ2 reminds me of the LG G6 from 2017, in that Sony has stepped things up by changing the design and improving the camera experience but ultimately falling short because of a short-sighted decision or two. One such choice is the placement of the rear camera which is precisel...

- Peter Holden, Talk Android
TechNave

The Xperia XZ2's Ambient Flow design (except the rear fingerprint sensor) really wowed us, while camera quality along with the processor and battery's horsepower are satisfactory. It could have been quite a good purchase if it wasn't for the gimmicky features.

- Abel Wong, TechNave
The Gadgeteer

The Sony Xperia XZ2 makes a nice smartphone with almost every feature on my smartphone wishlist including wireless charging and a microSD card slot. That said, I couldn’t quite love this phone because it lacks the always-on clock display that has become a must-have feature for me and it’s just so da...

- Julie Strietelmeier, The Gadgeteer
Make Use Of

A stunning camera with 1080p super slow motion and 4K HDR video recording, as well as a gorgeous HDR screen. Top notch performance and battery life make this a fantastic device for anyone: but only if you can get past the dated and awkward design.

- James Bruce, Make Use Of


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Sony released the Xperia XZ2 on March 27, 2018.


The Xperia XZ2 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Sony Xperia XZ2 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Sony Xperia XZ2 user manual here.


Sony backs up the Xperia XZ2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Xperia XZ2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Sony support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Sony's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.7"

The Sony Xperia XZ2's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.7 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
19+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 19+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3180mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3180 mAh battery. Sony's performance ratings are 1380 minutes, 651 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Xperia XZ2 Specs

Overview
Release date March 27, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa core 2.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.56 W/kg
Body: 0.94 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3180 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 677 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 651 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1380 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 26.24 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green, Ash Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.2 x 1.11 cm (6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 198 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, X-Reality Engine, Triluminos display
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 400 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
19+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
8x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, HDR, Super slow motion recording(960 FPS)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.2 Aperture
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Movie Creator, AR effect, Xperia Lounge, PS4 Remote Play)
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


Techaeris

A decent flagship housed in a questionable design

from Techaeris

If you’re looking for a smartphone with decent specs that’s a little easier on the wallet, the Sony Xperia XZ2 offers just that.

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If you’re looking for a smartphone with decent specs that’s a little easier on the wallet, the Sony Xperia XZ2 offers just that.

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Talk Android

Two steps forward, one step back

from Talk Android

In some ways, the Xperia XZ2 reminds me of the LG G6 from 2017, in that Sony has stepped things up by changing the design and improving the camera experience but ultimately falling short because of a short-sighted decision or two. One such choice is the placement of the rear camera which is preci...More

In some ways, the Xperia XZ2 reminds me of the LG G6 from 2017, in that Sony has stepped things up by changing the design and improving the camera experience but ultimately falling short because of a short-sighted decision or two. One such choice is the placement of the rear camera which is precisely where the fingerprint reader should be. It spoils the experience of unlocking the phone and often results in either a greasy camera lens or your finger blocking the lens.

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TechNave

Another powerful flagship but with too many features

from TechNave

The Xperia XZ2's Ambient Flow design (except the rear fingerprint sensor) really wowed us, while camera quality along with the processor and battery's horsepower are satisfactory. It could have been quite a good purchase if it wasn't for the gimmicky features.

Read full review

The Xperia XZ2's Ambient Flow design (except the rear fingerprint sensor) really wowed us, while camera quality along with the processor and battery's horsepower are satisfactory. It could have been quite a good purchase if it wasn't for the gimmicky features.

Read full review

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The Gadgeteer

Does very well and felt comparable to other phones

from The Gadgeteer

The Sony Xperia XZ2 makes a nice smartphone with almost every feature on my smartphone wishlist including wireless charging and a microSD card slot. That said, I couldn’t quite love this phone because it lacks the always-on clock display that has become a must-have feature for me and it’s just so darned heavy and slippery.

Read full review

The Sony Xperia XZ2 makes a nice smartphone with almost every feature on my smartphone wishlist including wireless charging and a microSD card slot. That said, I couldn’t quite love this phone because it lacks the always-on clock display that has become a must-have feature for me and it’s just so darned heavy and slippery.

Read full review

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Make Use Of

Fantastic camera, unique design

from Make Use Of

A stunning camera with 1080p super slow motion and 4K HDR video recording, as well as a gorgeous HDR screen. Top notch performance and battery life make this a fantastic device for anyone: but only if you can get past the dated and awkward design.

Read full review

A stunning camera with 1080p super slow motion and 4K HDR video recording, as well as a gorgeous HDR screen. Top notch performance and battery life make this a fantastic device for anyone: but only if you can get past the dated and awkward design.

Read full review

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Ausdroid

Makes a compelling handset in today’s market

from Ausdroid

This is the first Sony phone in a long time that’s been a mostly positive experience for me. The camera app finally loads quickly, and takes quite decent shots, with the added benefit of 4K HDR and FullHD Super Slow Mo video.

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This is the first Sony phone in a long time that’s been a mostly positive experience for me. The camera app finally loads quickly, and takes quite decent shots, with the added benefit of 4K HDR and FullHD Super Slow Mo video.

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Gizmodo

Best phone Sony has made in years

from Gizmodo

The XZ2 demonstrates that Sony has finally latched onto important trends of modern smartphone design, but without chasing things like notches that often make it hard to differentiate a lot of recently released phones. The XZ2 still has its own style, its own rumble-powered shimmy, and with Sony...More

The XZ2 demonstrates that Sony has finally latched onto important trends of modern smartphone design, but without chasing things like notches that often make it hard to differentiate a lot of recently released phones. The XZ2 still has its own style, its own rumble-powered shimmy, and with Sony paying more attention to things like software updates and photo processing.

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Pickr

Hard to recommend

from Pickr

Beyond what’s wrong with the phone, there’s a greater problem with the Xperia XZ2: it’s the flagship now, but not for much longer. Unfortunately for the XZ2, the better resolution is just one part of the package that is dramatically different, with a newer and more improved camera making u...More

Beyond what’s wrong with the phone, there’s a greater problem with the Xperia XZ2: it’s the flagship now, but not for much longer. Unfortunately for the XZ2, the better resolution is just one part of the package that is dramatically different, with a newer and more improved camera making up the difference, something the XZ2 desperately needs.

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Droid Life

Tough to recommend this phone

from Droid Life

The Xperia XZ2 package itself is a good one. You have a good camera on the back, a solid spec sheet for 2018, and hardware that doesn’t look like it’s from the earlier part of this decade. I am glad this is the the first Sony device I’ve used in a while because the company did a great job here.

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The Xperia XZ2 package itself is a good one. You have a good camera on the back, a solid spec sheet for 2018, and hardware that doesn’t look like it’s from the earlier part of this decade. I am glad this is the the first Sony device I’ve used in a while because the company did a great job here.

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Good Gear Guide

Different but not quite better

from Good Gear Guide

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a good phone but, for the price and compared to the competition, it’s difficult to really call it good enough to make the case for choosing it over the other options.

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The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a good phone but, for the price and compared to the competition, it’s difficult to really call it good enough to make the case for choosing it over the other options.

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