Sony Xperia XZ2 with 18:9 full-screen display, Snapdragon 845 press image surfaces [Update: Xperia XZ Compact and more renders]

[Update: Both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact has surfaced in more renders in four different colors. New image also shows wireless charging in XZ2] As we inch closer to the MWC 2018 show, more details about the smartphones and the tech that is going to debut at the event are getting revealed. Latest to join is the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact; which of lately are making the internet without shying away. Today we get to see the press images of the flagships in their full glory. [HTML2] [HTML3] [HTML1] Thanks to the sources of the VentureBeat and @evleaks, the Sony flagships design is now revealed, and for the first time, Sony has changed the design from the boring generous top and bottom bezels throughout its lineup. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact now come with a full screen 18:9 aspect ratio which is a complete makeover. The Sony Xperia XZ2 will sport a 5.7-inch screen while the XZ2 Compact will have a smaller 5-inches FHD+ 18:9 display. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and run Android 8.0 Oreo with Sony’s custom skin on top. Both the phones pack 3D glass on both faces of its aluminum frame and come with Corning Gorilla …
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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact leak out ahead of MWC

Sony Xperia XZ2 image leak

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. – Latest videos, reviews, articles, news and posts

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When traveling, if you forget your charger, you’re often hosed. Especially for the Apple Watch. That’s why I keep a Zens Powerbank battery pack in my bag. The Powerbank features a built-in charger for the Apple Watch, plus a USB port for plugging an iPhone or iPad. It’s light and easy to carry around, yet […]

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Review: MacBook users should consider the IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station, MacBook Pro owners need not apply

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Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact leaked with new design and 18:9 screens

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For better or for worse, Sony has stuck to the same phone design for years at this point. While I personally don’t mind the design, it has started to show its age over the past year or two with the advent of 18:9 phones and small bezels. We’ve been hearing rumors that Sony’s next flagships would be a radical departure in terms of design, and now that has been confirmed with a new leak from VentureBeat.

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Specs and pricing for Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact leak

After an alleged prototype leak recently, now specs for both Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have leaked. Common specs include Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB/64GB memory, Gorilla Glass 5-protected displays with 18:9 aspect ratio, no 3.5mm headphone jack, and rear mounted fingerprint sensor. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact (left) next to alleged Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact (right) Of course, the main difference will be the screen size – 5.7-inch for the XZ2 and 5.0-inch for the Compact variant. The flagships will also come with a special music feature, details on which are scarce at the moment -… – Latest articles

Alleged Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype leaks ahead of MWC

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Sony MWC 2018 teaser highlights curved display, Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact expected

Sony Mobiles have just released a new teaser video of its MWC 2018 event which kickstarts in a week at Barcelona. Very little was shown in the brief 23-second video, all we see is just a curved display indicating a smartphone with a curved display. Sony is also expected to introduce two new flagships; the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. While the exact specifications of the phones are unknown at the moment, a mysterious Sony phone with model number H8266 recently surfaced the benchmarks listing, which reveals that it sports an 18:9 Full HD+ display, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC Octa-Core processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage. [HTML1] It is said to run Android 8.0 Oreo, come with IP65/IP68 rating, a 3210/3240mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. We also expect to see a phone with 6GB RAM, 4K display much like its predecessors. Since these are just rumored and surfaced specifications, there’s no way to tell if these are the actual deal. But with MWC 2018 event in just a week, we expect to see a lot more at the event.
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First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station returns legacy ports to MacBook, MacBook Pro in a portable package

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