A sound ex­pe­ri­ence

Financial Mail - - GIMME - Kate Fer­reira

Sony’s new flag­ship in the Xpe­ria range is the Xpe­ria XZ2. Like many of the Xpe­ria phones, this de­vice is geared for an im­mer­sive mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence — it has a bright, sharp dis­play and solid speaker out­put, with what Sony prom­ises are its loud­est Xpe­ria speak­ers yet.

The de­vice it­self is a beau­ti­ful sleek hand­set, but it has a fair bit of heft to it. It’s got a metal and glass fin­ish (Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 5), and is splash proof. In terms of colour, you can choose be­tween liq­uid sil­ver, liq­uid black, deep green and ash pink. The green is par­tic­u­larly striking.

The XZ2 has a 5.7-inch fullhd screen. Paired with qual­ity speak­ers, it makes for great me­dia play­back.

The XZ2 up-scales non­hdr con­tent so you can make the most of video stream­ing on your mo­bile.

The cam­era also has se­ri­ous specs: it is ca­pa­ble of 4K HDR movie record­ing and fullhd 960-frame-per-sec­ond “su­per-slow-mo­tion” cap­ture.

For stills, it has some smart add-ons, in­clud­ing pre­dic­tive cap­ture, pre­dic­tive aut­o­fo­cus and smile de­tec­tion.

And though you are un­likely to need 3D scan­ning of­ten, the 3D Creator app is cool, if a bit gim­micky. It al­lows you to scan ob­jects, or faces for use as 3D avatars.

Un­der the hood, there’s a Qual­comm Snapdragon 845 chip (as found in com­peti­tors such as the Sam­sung Gal­axy S9) and sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion gi­ga­bit LTE for fast down­loads. It ships with An­droid 8.0 Oreo in­stalled. The large bat­tery (3,180 mah) has great standby time, and lasted a full day with average use.

Over­all, this is a so­phis­ti­cated-look­ing phone that will more than han­dle the ev­ery­day tasks you throw at it — and at R13,499, it won’t break the bank. There is also an XZ2 Com­pact model that’s lighter on specs and your pocket.

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