Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact give you the World’s Best Battery Performance of the Leading Premium Smartphones*

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Here at Sony we know you don’t just use your Xperia for calls, it’s all about entertainment on the move, keeping up-to-date with the latest news and scouring social media. This means you need a device that keeps you going throughout the day.

Well now you don’t have to worry as our new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have been certified as having the best battery performance of the leading premium smartphones* – the result of increased battery capacity and improved power consumption & energy efficiency, with the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform.So whether you’re in the market for a new phone or just looking to treat yourself, pre-order the new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact here.

*Based on the results of battery performance testing Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Compact, Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, LG G6, Huawei P10 and Oppo R11 (being the “Leading Premium Smartphones” as defined by Strategy Analytics as top selling smartphones globally). Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics from 15th – 20th February and 20th – 21st March 2018. For more information, go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults/

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Sony Mobile at SXSW WOW Studio Exhibit

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We’re here at SXSW and we all know it wouldn’t be the same without some of your favourite Xperia technology on display.

There’s plenty happening, but here are the Xperia highlights:

3D Creator

We don’t need to tell you about 3D Creator, you’ve heard it all before, you’ve got a 3D scan of half the contents of your home, from your fruit bowl to flowers – but there’s a littl

e something extra for 3D creators at SXSW – an Xperia XZ1 wielded by a robotic arm to create a complete 3D model of your head. Your scan will then allow you to star in a brand new game.

AI and Robotics:

Can you have a Sony tech showcase without everyone’s favourite robot dog? Don’t worry, aibo is on hand for petting and fetch, but we’re really flexing our AI muscles at SXSW this year with Xperia Hello! and also providing more details on the Sony Innovation Fund. 

Interactive message board, with Xperia Touch:

From AI to AR, the interactive Xperia Touch entrance message board really feels like the future, with Sony’s unique sensing technology, it recognizes touch and motions– think of the screens from Minority Report, but fun. At SXSW, you can get a taste of what this tech is capable of, by leaving a message or doodle as you enter or leave the WOW Studio – we’ve had close to 1000 each day!

So there you have it, if you’re fortunate to be at SXSW this week, drop by and join in, aibo is expecting you.

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Meet The Makers: The man who gets millions of Xperia owners out of bed everyday

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No one likes being woken up in the morning, so if you are going to be torn from the sweet embrace of sleep, it needs to be by something that doesn’t make you want to throw your smartphone out of the window.

Did you ever stop to think that it’s actually someone’s job to compose the alarm music that wakes you up? Well, it is and the experts at Xperia have been working on making the process of getting up that little more bearable.

To learn more, we dropped in on Jun-ichi Nagahara who has worked for Sony in Tokyo for 27 years and is a Sound and User Interface Designer, AKA the mastermind behind the music that starts your day, every day.

First off, how does it feel to wake up Xperia users every morning?

It’s an immense responsibility; millions of Xperia users are relying on us to ensure they get out of bed. It’s a job we take very seriously.

What makes a good piece of music to wake up to?

It has to have a good melody-line, it’s the morning so it needs to be quite gentle with a simple arrangement and of course it has to be specially mastered to suit a phone alarm.

How did you decide on the default Xperia alarm tone?

We did lots of ‘Shingi’ (deliberation, discussion) to decide, and, of course, lots and lots of testing.

How have alarms and ringtones developed alongside the progression of smartphones?

For each Xperia generation, there are total design concepts for each new product. We need to consider the new design concept and make sure the sounds fit – all aspects of the phone have to work in harmony, even the alarms.

What alarm tone wakes you up in the morning?

Personally, I use the Xperia default alarm on the Z3 Compact, I use it alongside the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app (available via the Google Play Store, an intelligent alarm clock that analyses your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase.)

Finally, what’s the trick to avoiding the snooze button?

I find putting the phone as far away from the bed as possible does the trick, the other side of the room for example, it just means you have to get up to turn it off. I also like to think that we make good alarm-music that people want to wake up and listen to!

So there you have it, the next time you get aggravated by your alarm, think about how much more annoying if it would be if it wasn’t for the tireless work of Jun-ichi Nagahara to make it that much more bearable.

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The Sony Mobile MWC 2018 FAQ

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Thanks to everyone who has been sharing questions with us over @sonymobilenews since we unveiled Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact on Monday morning.

For anyone that missed the Q&A on Twitter, we wanted to share some of the most popular questions right here on the blog.

 

How much will Xperia XZ2/ XZ2 Compact cost?

I’m afraid we don’t have pricing info as this can vary globally. Our recommendation is to check with local retailers.

You mentioned Sony Mobile dual camera tech on stage, when is that coming?

Exciting right? We are working on a dual camera technology that enables ultra-high sensitivity for low light image and video capture. There’s no timeline as yet but we’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Why did you remove the headphone jack on XZ2 and XZ2 Compact?

This is part of the shift to our new Ambient Flow design language. In order to create the beautiful seamless design, our designers needed to remove the headphone jack. Plus, we’re aware of the major market trend toward wireless headphones over wired headphones.

But can I still use wired headphones with XZ2 or XZ2 Compact?

Yes absolutely, both new smartphones come boxed with an adaptor. This will also support Hi-Res Audio.

Is there an XZ Premium follow up?

No news as yet. XZ Premium is our innovation flagship and can still be purchased in most markets.

XZ1 had a 13MP camera, how come XZ2 just has 5MP?

Pixel number isn’t everything. The 5MP camera on XZ2 and XZ2 Compact boasts F2.2 which means it is brighter than previous 5MP cameras used on Xperia devices. Plus, it has a 90FOV compared with 80FOV of our previous 5MP camera. These factors will combine together with the increased processing power and image quality brought by the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform to ensure front-facing camera shots still looks great, even with fewer pixels.

How has Super slow motion been upgraded on XZ2 and XZ2 Compact?

It is now possible to record in Full HD 960fps. In the case of Full HD (1080p), the duration of slow motion is three seconds. 720p offers up to six seconds, giving you lots of choice to be super creative with your smartphone videos.

 

Take a closer look at Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.

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Hands (and ears) on with Xperia XZ2 and Xperia Ear Duo

Did you catch the Sony announcements from yesterday’s MWC conference and can’t wait to get your hands on the new Xperia tech? Us too…

That’s why today, we headed backstage at the Sony Mobil­e booth to try our newest handset and smart product to give you the lowdown on all the best features. ­First up, Xperia XZ2.

 

Dynamic Vibration System

A line we’re seeing a lot here on the Sony booth is ‘Entertainment to the Extreme’ and the Dynamic Vibration System (DVS) innovation is the best showcase of this we’ve come across.

For years we’ve seen and heard films, games and music, well now we can feel it as well. DVS analyses audio data and translates it into haptic feedback letting you feel the action in your hands.

Now, if you think this is like the buzz you get from a WhatsApp message notification, think again. It’s more DUALSHOCK 4 meets Xperia and you don’t have to be a phone engineer to see where the extra power is coming from. Take a look at a standard phone vibration module vs DVS…

You vs The guy she told you not to worry about

DVS affords a surprisingly varied level of feedback. A Spider-man trailer featured a scene set on the subway and as a train chugged over the tracks we felt every bump along the way.

Playing Angry Birds we could feel the tension of the catapult as we lined up our shot and the resulting carnage as our bird crashed, smashed and bashed its way through the blocks.

When it comes to music, Sony’s audio expertise shines through with powerful front facing stereo speakers making this Xperia device our loudest one yet. We were treated to Sony Music artist Rita Ora in a comparison with the XZ1 that saw an astounding improvement in sound quality and volume with DVS adding to the experience as we felt every beat of the kick drum and hiss of a hi-hat.