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Sony Xperia XZ2 vs Xperia XZ2 Compact: An in-house battle

27 February 2018 6

The Japanese giant Sony announced two new flagship smartphones of their XZ2 series at this year MWC. The new smartphones are announced as XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. As the name suggests the XZ2 is the standard flagship whereas the XZ2 Compact is to attract those buyers who don't want to have large display devices. Surprisingly Sony announced Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact successor so early, those who are unaware the XZ1 series was announced back in H2 2017 at IFA.

It's not the first time Sony did such kind of thing, they have done it in past as well by releasing a successor in just 6 months. The best thing about the new flagships is indeed the new design and a 2:1 display after a long wait. Despite the fact most of the companies announced flagships and mid-rangers last year with 2:1 display but the Sony delayed the release of first 2:1 smartphone until yesterday when they announced XZ2 series.

Like always whenever a new smartphone goes official everyone is keen to know what kind of changes new device is bringing and also how well it competes against others. Today before putting the XZ2 in competition with other flagships, we will check out the key differences between the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. We are hopeful our comparison will certainly help you better understand the key differences between the two devices apart from the display size. With the new XZ2 series, Sony brought a number of new features. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both siblings.

65 x 135 x 12.1 mm
5 inches - 2160x1080 px
72 x 153 x 11.1 mm
5.7 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

With the new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, Sony finally ditched their old blocky OmniBalance design in favor of new Ambient Flow design which is stylish and futuristic than the predecessor. Ahead of Xperia XZ2 series, Sony used to have OmniBalance design which was old brick design but the new Ambient flow design brought curvy edges, trimmed bezel, and a metal glass-clad design.

Both the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact features solid metal chassis with the curvy rear. The XZ2 rear and front are covered with glass protected with Gorilla Glass 5. The XZ2 Compact features a polycarbonate rear which doesn't look as premium as the XZ2 rear glass. All the physical buttons are on the right edge of both the devices.

The XZ2 dimensions are 153 x 72 x 11.1mm and it weighs 198g whereas the XZ2 compact measurements are 135 x 65 x 12.1mm and it weighs 168g. Although the compact variant is lighter but is significantly thicker than its larger sibling. The fingerprint scanner on both the devices is below the camera module. However, the scanner on the XZ2 compact is more easy to use thanks to its smaller size. On the rear side, both the devices have a single camera sensor with a single LED flashlight, however, the design layout is different on both the devices.

The XZ2's camera sensor is placed vertically whereas the XZ2 Compact has horizontal camera setup. Both the devices are IP68 certified which mean both can resist 1.5 deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Sony ditched the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack which is loved by many but now they have the USB Type-C option only.

Display

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 are the Sony's first smartphone with 2:1 display. Thanks to taller display, the bezels are further reduced from top and bottom. The Xperia XZ2 Compact comes with a 5.0-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The Xperia XZ sports a 5.7-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. Thanks to smaller display the pixels density of XZ2 compact display is higher.

The XZ2 pixels density is 424 pixel-per-inch whereas the XZ2 Compact comes with 483 pixels-per-inch. The XZ2 Compact is sharper and crisper than the XZ2. Last but not the least both features HDR support which makes them pretty good display for watching videos and playing HIFI graphics games. Its good to see Sony retains the HDR support for the smaller sibling as well.


Hardware

Despite the fact, both the devices are different in size but in terms of performance, both are equally good thanks to powerful Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood. Sony brought both the devices with the same Chipset, 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. The native storage is further expandable using MicroSD card, So you don't have to worry about the memory.

Despite having similar hardware, the larger sibling has a special feature under the hood which Sony dubbed as ‘Dynamic Vibration’. According to Sony, the XZ2 will turn the audio signal into motion signal which provides a pleasant feel while watching movies, listening music and playing games. It's something which isn't available in the compact variant. During the announcement event, Sony showcased a movie trailer during the announcement in which during explosion the device vibrates. Though it's a nice feature certainly not something which will attract buyers to grab XZ2 instead of any other smartphone in this range. In terms of performance both the devices are pretty good in handling all HIFI tasks as well as daily routine tasks.


Specs Xperia XZ2 Xperia XZ2 compact
Display 5.7-inches 5.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 19MP 19MP
Front camera 5MP 5MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 3,180mAh 2,870mAh
Wireless charging Yes No
IP68 Yes Yes

Battery

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact both features USB-C port for connectivity and charging. Sony once again brought back the Qi Wireless charging but it is exclusive to the larger sibling only. Being the larger sibling the Xperia XZ2 features a 3,180mAh battery whereas the smaller sibling is running on a 2,870mAh.

Camera

The XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact both have the same rear snapper of 19MP with f/2.0 aperture. It's the same memory-stacked Motion Eye sensor which Sony introduced with Xperia XZ1. For the photos, the devices have ISO 12,800 whereas for the videos the ISO 4000. Sony stepped up their camera game by introducing Full HD slow-motion videography at 960 frames per second. Both the devices also support 4K HDR video recording. Up front, the selfie camera is 5MP which seems like pretty ordinary considering most of the mid-range devices have the similar sensor.

Although Sony didn't bring a complete revamp camera setup they hint to bring better dual camera setup on the upcoming device with better low-light capturing capability.


Software

Both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are pre-installed with Android Oreo straight out of the box with Sony's custom UI layer over it. That's why overall UI experience on both the devices is pretty much similar. Sony will roll out new OS updates for at least couple of years.

Price

At the moment it is still in the dark what will be the price tag of Sony Xperia XA2 and XA2 compact for the US customers. The company reveals that both the devices will be available from March 2018. The Xperia XZ2 will be available for the UK customers at £699, however, the pricing for the smaller sibling is still in dark. Traditionally the smaller sibling price is set lower than the larger sibling, we will update once the price is officially confirmed.

Conclusion

The Xperia XZ2 and the XZ2 compact are exactly same in terms of hardware performance due to the same chipset, RAM, storage, cameras and OS version but there are few aspects which differentiate XZ2 from XZ2 compact. The XZ2 features a larger display but its pixels density is lower than the smaller sibling. The glossy finish of XZ2 makes it more premium device whereas the XZ2 compact comes with polycarbonate rear which looks cheap as well as it lacks the support for Qi Wireless charging. Last but not the least the battery cell on the XZ2 compact is smaller than the XZ2.

At the end do share your views with fellow readers regarding Which smartphone amongst the XZ2 and XZ2 compact would like to grab!. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons in coming days.

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