Sony is struggling to establish itself in the smartphone market, due to a much more responsive competition. The Japanese brand is trying to give its Xperia XZ2 a new look with this premium version.
The design of this smartphone is undoubtedly disappointing. Extremely heavy, the XZ2 Premium is tiring after long use, and it is also very cumbersome. Indeed, there is a lack of an elementary design optimization work here, the edges being far too marked all around the screen, especially since they are useless or almost useless. In fact, the fingerprint reader is in the back, badly placed under the photo lenses on which fingers often land. If a Jack port for an old helmet is missing, everything else is present and the design, if dated, also gives good guarantees of solidity.
The 5.8-inch screen is therefore in the classic 16:9 aspect ratio... But now dated. Anyway, the slab is very defined, with 4K on the program (2160 by 3840 pixels), a nice thing but which on such a small screen only brings a little more comfort, but nothing decisive either. The contrast is good, but not from the level of the AMOLED tiles, but the brightness allows for unobtrusive use in all light conditions. The color rendering is a little cold, but it is possible to correct it in the settings.
The sound part is on the whole very successful. The headphone output, whether wired or via Bluetooth, is always well balanced, with a plethora of options to go a little further. The two speakers also do quite well, as long as it remains musical rather than violent as sounds to be reproduced.
In terms of performance, this Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is very comfortable with anything you ask it to do , despite Sony's own software overlay. It's a bit of a shame to find so many pre-installed applications, which you can't always remove, which takes storage for nothing. The games are not at pains and will not impose any sacrifice of details to turn out well.
The XZ2 Premium is photographed by two sensors, a new feature for Sony. In bright light, the results are rather correct, with correct and pleasant colours, but the software processing is long and the level of detail in the image could easily have been better. Similarly in the dark, there is some difficulty for the camera to manage excessively strong light sources (such as a lamp), but it performs better in a homogeneous scene. On the positive side, the second sensor, monochrome, takes beautiful black and white shots, in addition to allowing you to play on the depth of field in a beautiful way. The video recording is a success, but it is better to be satisfied with a beautiful Full HD resolution to maintain fluidity. In selfies, the smoothing of the front sensor can be perceived as flattering, but on the whole it is rather beautifully done.
The autonomy does not benefit from a huge battery, this one being just within the standard while the XZ2 Premium's off-standard weight could give hope for something different. Here, the smartphone has a good day and a half, but it has the merit of never crashing without a reason when it comes to batteries.
Review of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium done by Julien Hany the 2019/01/05
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Photo resolution (Front camera)