Sony is getting ready to strut their stuff at MWC 2018, and from the looks of it, we're going to see another quality bite-sized dive in the form of the Xperia XZ2 Compact. Thanks to a leaked image of what is purported to be a prototype of the new device, we have a pretty good idea of its specs, design and even the price. Let's take a look.
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Spec sheet for Xperia XZ2 Compact leaks ahead of MWC
The unveiling of the Xperia XZ2 Compact is just a week away and the leaks are coming thick and fast. First, we caught a glimpse of a new curved design and mourned the loss of the mini jack. But now, we've got some cold hard numbers, thanks to specs leaked by swedroid.se that reveal what the Xperia XZ2 Compact is packing under the hood.
The leak happily confirms that Sony are going to keep up the high spec standards in its Compact range. According to the source, the smartphone would have a the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory.
We also see that Sony is upgrading the previous generation's simple HD/720p display to a FullHD+ display in 18:9 format, confirming what the leaked prototype indicated. Thanks to slimmer bezels, the compact smartphone will still manage a 5" display size.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact technical specifications
|Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact|
|Display||5 inch, 18:9
|Internal memory||64 GB, microSD|
|Extra||No 3.5 mm jack|
Sony plans to renovate the signature design that has characterized its devices for years. The new smartphones coming in 2018 should opt for a less rectangular design, softer lines and slightly more rounded corners. In short, the Omnibalance could only be a distant memory.
The photo of the presumed prototype, shared by a user on the Xperia Blog, shows in particular a curved chassis, something new for Sony. In the photo, the Xperia XZ2 Compact is shown side by side with the Xperia Z5 Compact and the difference in design is evident.
Not only does it look like we'll see a curved back panel, there is also a noticeable redesign and repositioning of the physical buttons. The body seems to be made of aluminium and the slim bezels around the display suggest the de rigueur 18:9 format.
The unexpected curves seem to follow what has already been indicated by the teaser video published by Sony on February 19. The short, the mysterious video suggests curved lines without specifying whether they are applied to the front or rear panel. Should we expect a curved display?
The source also reveals that the Xperia XZ2 Compact's prototype does not incorporate the 3.5 mm mini jack for headphones. Although we cannot know at the moment whether the final version of the device will ditch the jack or keep it, it's some cause for Compact fans who love wired headsets to be apprehensive.
Sony's upcoming Xperia XZ2 Compact will be important to the fans of the range, as there isn't much competition offering a top-range product in a small size. If Sony continues to do this, the Xperia XZ2 Compact could succeed its predecessor and reign supreme as the best compact phone.
The Swedish leak doesn't just reveal specifications, but also hints at the price and release date. The Swedish price for the Xperia XZ2 Compact is 5990 SEK. That's equivalent to $740, or £529, but the official price may vary. The source states that the device will go on sale from 6 March 2018.
Are you considering a compact smartphone this year? What do you think Sony's video teaser suggests?