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Sony Xperia XZ2: what we want to see

We’re almost certainly going to get a Sony Xperia XZ2 in 2018, although not much is yet known about it.

This phone will be a successor to the flagship Sony Xperia XZ1 and could well be the company’s main high-end handset for the year. As such, there’s a lot riding on it, but as our four-star review of the Sony Xperia XZ1 shows there’s also room for improvement in the next handset.

With that in mind we’ve come up with a list of the things we most want to see. But before that you’ll find all the current leaks and information on the Xperia XZ2, including its possible price, release date and features.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next Sony flagship
  • When is it out? Possibly September 2018
  • What will it cost? Likely at least $699.99/£599 (around AU$900)

Sony Xperia XZ2 release date and price

The Sony Xperia XZ2 will probably launch in or around September 2018, given that the Sony Xperia XZ1 landed in September 2017 and the Sony Xperia XZ was announced in September 2016. However, that’s just a guess for now, as there aren’t any actual release date rumors yet.

There also aren’t any price rumors yet, but we can take a guess there too, as the Sony Xperia XZ2 is likely to cost at least as much as the Xperia XZ1, a phone which started at $699.99/£599 (around AU$900).

Sony Xperia XZ2 news and rumors

There aren’t really any Sony Xperia XZ2 rumors yet, but a company exec has said that a completely new design is in the works for a new generation of products.

The XZ2 wasn’t named, but it would make sense for Sony to debut its new smartphone design on a flagship, so there’s a good chance the Xperia XZ2 will ditch the blocky design currently used by Sony’s phones.

What the new design will involve also isn’t known, but it’s likely that the bezels will be significantly shrunk, since the bezels on Sony phones are far larger than those on most rival flagships.

Other things we can guess at. For example, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is likely to use whatever the latest high-end Snapdragon chipset is at the time, which probably means the Snapdragon 845.

It’s also likely to have at least 4GB of RAM, since the XZ1 does, and may stick with a 1080p display, as outside its Premium range Sony hasn’t shown much interest in upping resolution.

Then again, if the company is launching a new design it might also go all-out on specs to really make a splash, so a QHD display isn’t out of the question.

What we want to see

We don’t know what Sony has planned, but we know what we hope it’s planning. The following seven things top our wish list.

1. A completely new design

Sony has been rolling out more or less the same design in its phones for years now and it’s a design that feels staler by the year.

Big bezels and a blocky shape are not what we want from a recent flagship, yet it’s what we get from the Xperia XZ1 and other Sony phones, so we want a complete change for the Sony Xperia XZ2.

We want something more modern, but more importantly just something new, so the XZ2 will stand out from the Sony crowd.

2. A sharper screen

While the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has one of the sharpest screens around, the more mainstream Sony Xperia XZ1 has just a 1080p display, and we really want to see Sony move its main flagship line up to QHD for the Xperia XZ2.

4K is arguably overkill and can be kept for the Premium line, but QHD should make a noticeable difference, and at the very least will help it match rival flagships.

3. A better camera

The Xperia XZ1’s camera is good in daylight, but it struggles when the lighting conditions aren’t so good. Not only is there room for improvement in general, but also compared to rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

We don’t need a dual-lens snapper – though nor would we say no to one – but hopefully with the Xperia XZ2 Sony will have polished the basics and deliver a camera that can take quality low light shots.

4. A battery boost

The Sony Xperia XZ1 isn’t exactly crying out for a longer lasting battery, but it would still help. The phone can last a full day, but in our tests we found that if you use it a lot or for demanding tasks such as games you’ll be charging it before bed, and it never stretches to two days.

Sony’s phones often have a decent amount of stamina and given the 2,700mAh size of the battery in the XZ1 it doesn’t do a bad job, but a bigger battery and further optimizations in the Xperia XZ2 could really boost performance.

5. Improvements to 3D Creator

3D Creator was one of the big new additions for the Sony Xperia XZ1. It uses the camera to create a 3D scan of any object you want, letting you share the result or even print a 3D model of it using a 3D printer.

It’s a nice – if niche – idea, but it doesn’t work perfectly, with many objects not rendering as well as we’d like. As with the camera in general it also struggles in low light, so we’d like to see improvements for the version shipped with the Xperia XZ2.

6. A sci-fi scanner

With Apple moving away from fingerprint scanners to 3D face scanning instead we’d like to see Sony catch up, either by giving the Xperia XZ2 a 3D face scanner of its own, or by using some other futuristic biometric tech, such as a fingerprint scanner that’s built into the screen.

Whatever it uses it needs to work well though, and ideally it needs to be available everywhere, unlike the current situation where Xperia handsets in the US don’t even have a fingerprint scanner.

7. Something to get excited about

Recent Sony flagships have more been dependable than exciting. From the design to the battery life you generally know what you’re getting with them, but they’re quite light on stand-out new features.

We’d like that to change with the Sony Xperia XZ2. Samsung showed us screens could curve, Apple looks to be doing a decent job of convincing people to unlock phones with their faces, now it’s Sony’s turn.

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