Sony de­light

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The Xpe­ria XZ2 could well be a make-or-break for Sony.

Af­ter years of tele­phonic medi­ocrity the Ja­panese giant is bet­ting the house on High Dy­namic Range, claim­ing this as the first smart­phone to cap­ture 4K HDR video – the same tech that’s made its TVs so as­tound­ing.

So ev­ery­thing from the Xpe­ria XZ2’s dis­play tech to its cam­era smarts has been built to go big on fea­tures that you’d usu­ally ex­pect from the screen sit­ting in your liv­ing room. Plus there’s an im­proved de­sign, up­graded dis­play and su­per-fast per­for­mance to boot. As such, it’s no sur­prise that the Xpe­ria XZ2 is Sony’s best phone to date.

But as is so of­ten the case with Sony’s hand­sets, its short­com­ings are only em­pha­sised by the com­pe­ti­tion’s abil­ity to do things lit­tle bit bet­ter. By con­cen­trat­ing on 4K HDR in­no­va­tion, this phone slacks a lit­tle bit on the stuff that’s even more im­por­tant. Its pho­tos still need work, its screen could do with a lit­tle more sharp­ness and de­tail, and it’s still not quite as gor­geous to be­hold as the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion here, with bezels look­ing no­tice­ably bulky com­pared to the likes of the S9.

So this phone feels more like the start of a come­back story than its con­clu­sion. For the first time in a lit­tle while, Sony has put it­self in the run­ning for a spot in your pocket. It might not be king of the ken­nel right now, but this An­droid un­der­dog could fi­nally be start­ing to bite back.

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