Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact leak out ahead of MWC

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Lots of manufacturers will debut new smartphone hardware at MWC next week, Sony included. But it looks like Sony’s surprise has been ruined thanks to a new leak.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact have been leaked by VentureBeat. The device you see above is the Xperia XZ2, which is the larger of the pair with its 5.7-inch 1920×1080 display. The XZ2 Compact reportedly features a 5-inch 1920×2080 screen.

The bigger XZ2 also includes glass on its front and back with an aluminum frame sandwiched in the middle. There’s a 19-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and 4K HDR video capture and a rear fingerprint reader on the XZ2, stereo speakers on the front, a haptic feedback system that syncs vibrations to the sounds being played, and a Snapdragon 845.

Powering the XZ2 is a 3,180mAh battery that can be recharged over USB-C or using wireless charging. On the software side, Android 8.0 Oreo is preloaded.

Switching over to the smaller Xperia XZ2 Compact, there’s the same Snapdragon 845 processor, 19-megapixel rear camera, rear fingerprint reader, and stereo speakers (but no haptic feedback system). The Xperia XZ2 Compact’s battery is a bit smaller, coming in at 2,870mAh, and it lacks the wireless charging found in the standard XZ2.

Both phones are expected to be announced at MWC next week, with a release happening in March. There are no details on pricing just yet.

The Xperia XZ2 looks to have an improved design compared to other Sony flagships we’ve seen in recent years. It looks to have a tall display like many other new flagships, and while its bezels aren’t the slimmest on the market, they are an improvement over Sony’s previous offerings. After years of using larger bezels with its Omnibalance design, it’s exciting to see Sony switching things up a bit.

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