Marking a unique evolution in Xperia’s engineering and design, Sony Mobile Ireland today announced two new smartphones to headline its flagship range, Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. Built around the concept of bringing you the most immersive entertainment experiences yet – both models provide huge advancements in camera, display and audio technology as well as a beautiful new design to fit perfectly in your hand.

Having spent limited time with both these devices and a hands on I am impressed with what Sony have done here,they have gone away from that boxy look and Ciaran Cleary tells me “we have listened to the fans” this is something all manufacturers should do and i have said this many a time. You will really need to see and hold these devices to see how much they have evovled from their models of old, They have lost the big bezels which was a tad annoying. One super cool news feature too is dynamic vibration.

With a 5.7 inch 18:9 display media consumption on the XZ2 will be something to enjoy and be immersed with dual front firing speakers that give off amazing sound,this is something you have to hear to believe and comparing this with last years models you will clearly see the difference,With a world first 4K HDR recording included here this is also for those who prefer to use mobile on the go over a standalone equipment.

“If entertainment is your priority, then our new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are your smartphones”, said Ciaran Cleary from Sony Mobile Ireland, “From what’s inside — world-class technology, to a new sleek, sophisticated design, these smartphones are everything you need and probably a lot more. We have pushed Sony’s boundaries even further with our new products for movie recording, viewing, and music listening – offering entertainment to the extreme.”

Xperia XZ2

Entertainment to the Extreme

Pushing your viewing experience to the extreme, our flagship Xperia XZ2 has an extended 5.7” HDR Full HD+ 18:9 display so you can immerse yourself in your favourite movies and content in exceptional colour and contrast. Plus not only can you watch existing HDR content, using Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, X-reality for mobile, it will up-convert content to near High Dynamic Range (HDR) so even when you’re streaming videos you get better quality playback that feels like a movie experience.

Tuned for the ultimate and unique entertainment experience, XZ2 incorporates a new haptic experience, adding the perceptual sense of touch so you can feel your viewing experience. It uses Sony’s brand new Dynamic Vibration System which analyses audio data and lets you feel the action in your hands, bringing your movies, games and videos to life. Share your favourite videos with your friends thanks to the XZ2’s powerful front facing stereo speakers. Featuring S-Force Front Surround, they’re our loudest Xperia speakers ever.

High quality audio is also provided using Sony’s audio expertise with the truly authentic sound of Hi-Resolution Audio together with DSEE HX technology for upscaling. Quality is guaranteed when connecting to wireless speakers or headphones thanks to the enhanced Bluetooth technology LDAC which offers near High-Resolution Audio[v].

Extreme Video and Photo Capabilities

Motion Eye camera is pushed to the extreme and gets a ground-breaking upgrade with the world’s 1st 4K HDR Movie recording in a smartphone using HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format. You can now capture reality with incredible contrast, detail and true to life colour and share or upload to a compatible HDR TV or YouTube to view your content back in lifelike realism. Super slow motion video recording is also upgraded with 960fps now possible in Full HD to make your wow moments even more fascinating. Motion Eye camera brings you all the great still photography features you expect from Xperia with its intelligent control features such as Predictive Capture with motion and smile detection, Autofocus burst and Predictive Autofocus. Thanks to these superior features, plus our Quick Launch and Capture, you’ll never miss the moment.

For a truly unique and exciting way to capture memories 3D Creator application is now available with even greater flexibility for 3D scanning. Not only can you create 3D scans of objects or friend’s faces in less than a minute using the main camera, you can also now create 3D scans of yourself using the front camera – bringing to life your selfie in 3D and giving you endless opportunities in the 3D avatar world. Post-processing is now available to achieve even greater quality of 3D scans. Plus once you’ve finished your 3D scan or selfie, you can now post directly to your Facebook timeline within 3D Creator.

Stunning New Design

All of these great experiences are encased in a new design expression with a fluid 3D glass surface that creates a seamless form that’s effortlessly comfortable in your hand. The elegant design is contrasted by its tough exterior, built with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and metal frame to add extra durability and a beautiful premium feel. Its four different finishes offer a beautiful reflection and shine from every angle thanks to the beautiful glass and flow of light, available in Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green and Ash Pink. Certified IP65/IP68, XZ2 is designed to withstand splashes and spills so you don’t have to think twice about answering your phone in the rain.

Ultimate Performance to the Extreme

Powered by the cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with X20 LTE, XZ2 will provide immersive user experiences at lightning-fast connection speeds (up to 1.2Gbps) with the second generation Gigabit LTE solution so users can enjoy a modern lifestyle whilst working or having fun. For example you can get an episode of a TV series in just 20 seconds[vii] with super-fast downloading.

With all the ability for speed and performance you’ll want assurance that your battery won’t let you down, and XZ2 definitely delivers. With a large 3180mAh battery and the most power efficient control ever thanks to its 845 Mobile Platform, XZ2 offers worry free all day usage. Xperia’s useful battery features are also included such as Smart Stamina, STAMINA mode, plus Battery Care and Qnovo Adaptive Charging technology which help the battery stay healthy to give you a longer battery lifespan. For effortless charging you can also use the wireless charging dock (WCH20), and other compatible Qi chargers, by simply placing your XZ2 on the dock to power up without the need to plug in.

Full specifications for XZ2 can be found here: https://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-xz2/specifications/

Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Best of Sony Technology in a Compact Design

A firm favourite in the Xperia flagship line-up, the premium compact smartphone takes on even greater things with XZ2 Compact. It delivers big screen entertainment in the palm of your hand with its 5” HDR Full HD+ extended display, making it the world’s most compact 5” smartphone[x]. With its large screen and powerful stereo speakers it’s designed to be the ultimate compact entertainment device.

It also has a multitude of premium updates found in its big brother XZ2, such as all of the Motion Eye™ 2018 upgrades including 3D Creator for selfie and Full HD Super slow motion as well as its premium still image capture. It’s also packed with Sony’s audio enhancing technologies such as Hi-Res Audio and front facing stereo speakers for your ultimate entertainment. This small but mighty smartphone is all powered by the latest, fastest ever, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform.

Crafted to perfection, XZ2 Compact has the same design philosophy as XZ2 with its beautiful curved body that gives you the best comfort in your hand. Durability is ensured with a tough exterior including Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5, anti-scratch hard-grade polycarbonate, IP65/IP68 and metal frame. It is finished in four beautiful colours with a smooth frosted finish; White Silver, Black, Moss Green and Coral Pink.

Full specifications for XZ2 Compact can be found here: https://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-xz2-compact/specifications/

Accessories

A range of supporting accessories will be available including covers Style Cover Touch and Style Cover Stand in corresponding colours for both models. Also available are charging accessories Wireless Charging Dock (WCH20)[xi] for fast effortless charging and Quick Charger UCH12W providing hours of battery time by plugging in for just a few minutes. The new 2-way Style USB Audio & Bluetooth® Headset (SBH90C) allows you to enjoy music and talk wirelessly in high quality as well as via a wired USB Type-C™ Cable option that offers Hi-Res Audio with direct USB digital output. It will also charge from Xperia whilst you’re listening so you can switch easily between wireless if your battery is running low. Open-ear Stereo Headset (STH40D) offers lightweight and comfortable dual listening, and Xperia Ear Duo utilises Sony’s acoustics leadership to deliver wireless ‘open-ear’ stereo headphones, so you can listen to music, access information and communicate whilst simultaneously hearing sounds from the world around you. A USB Type-C™ 2-in-1 Cable (EC270) is also available for enjoying audio with non-Bluetooth headphones and simultaneously charge your phone. Please check with local operators and retailers for availability.

Availability

Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available globally from March 2018 both will ship with Android™ 8.0 Oreo. Irish launch is 6th April for the XZ2 With Black and Silver on operators and other colour variants avaialable online.

XZ2 Compact launches online on 6th April but a later date for providers.

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Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

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