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.