The Sony Mobile Store has opened up pre-orders of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact across Europe today. We were already aware of pricing – £699/€799 for the Xperia XZ2 and £529/€599 for the Xperia XZ2 Compact –but with Sony's official pre-orders opening, it has also outlined what goodies it is giving as part of the pre-order promotion.
Today it is the Xperia X and X Compact's turn for the 1 March 2018 Android security patch, with new firmware that moves the build number from 34.4.A.2.19 to version 34.4.A.2.32. It's great to see Sony update its X-series of Xperia smartphones so quickly with the latest security patches. There doesn't appear to be much else that has changed – if you have updated to the latest firmware, please let us know your impressions below.
The Xperia X and X Compact received Android Oreo for the first time earlier this month, and now Sony Mobile has followed that update with a new update that includes the 1 February 2018 Android security patch, which fixes the ‘Meltdown' and ‘Spectre' CPU vulnerabilities. The build number moves from 34.4.A.0.364 to version 34.4.A.2.19. If you have downloaded the update, let us know your impressions below. We will include FTF firmware links for both handsets shortly.
Sony Mobile has announced the Xperia XZ2 Compact, the latest addition to its range of compact flagships, just six months after the introduction of the Xperia XZ1 Compact. The Xperia XZ2 Compact adopts the revamped design that Sony is introducing in 2018, with a curved body and frosted finish, which Sony says will give users the ultimate comfort in-hand.
Following the rumors and leaks that we've been hearing, it looks like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have been officially announced. These are Sony's latest Android smartphones and for the most part, they are identical in many ways, but as their name suggests, one will be bigger and the other more "compact".
With the Xperia XZ2, we're looking at a phone with a 5.7-inch FHD+ HDR display with a display aspect ratio of 18:9. For the Xperia XZ2 Compact, it will feature a smaller 5-inch screen with a FHD+ resolution and HDR, also with an 18:9 display aspect ratio. However apart from that, both phones are more or less identical with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipsets powering either handset.
To say that there has been an adverse reaction to the recent Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype picture we posted, is a bit of an understatement. It remains to be seen what the final product will look like, but we believe that the picture is representative of the final version. Anyway, this is only one angle of the phone, and perhaps the most unflattering one, so we can understand the reaction.
Here it is folks, your first look at the Xperia XZ2 Compact, due to be announced at MWC 2018 next week. The picture below shows the Xperia XZ2 Compact next to a Xperia Z5 Compact. The new design shows the curved bottom, which ties in with Sony's earlier tease. The image comes from a comment by ‘Grisha' in our earlier post today about Sony's MWC video tease.