Sony's Phones Leak Ahead of MWC 2018

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Venturebeat also confirmed the XZ2's smaller sibling, the Sony XZ2 Compact, saying that the two handsets "boast largely the same features with some caveats". On Friday, VentureBeat's Evan Blass shared a slew of leaked renders and specifications of the upcoming Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact smartphones, which Sony is expected to reveal at its media event in Barcelona during Mobile World Congress 2018. The Snapdragon 845 processor, announced back in December, will be on phones such as the Galaxy S9, which will also be unveiled at MWC 2018. Supposedly they both have full HD screens protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and 18MP f/1.8 cameras on their rear.

In terms of camera technology, the Xperia XZ2 will have the same 19-megapixel camera setup that's found on the XZ Premium from past year. That's actually a larger battery than is rumoured for the Samsung, but Sony's 4K display will use up more power - so don't expect to see massive battery life gains. The XZ2 will feature a 3,180 mAh battery that can be charged via USB-C or wirelessly, while the XZ2 Compact, with its 2,870 mAh battery, can only be charged with a wire. Hopefully that's the only smartphone trend Sony won't adopt.

Accompanying the camera is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Both will be available in black, silver, green, and pink. Though resolution only clocks in at 1080p, Venture Beat says that the XZ2 will offer a "larger screen-to-body ratio" than any Xperia phone that came before it.

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Both phones are said to be water resistant, and both apparently have stereo speakers on the front, but the standard XZ2 is additionally said to have a haptic feedback system that syncs up vibrations to the sound - something that's been rumored before.

These same reports claim that you'll be able to buy both the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact from 6 March, with pricing set to start at around £720 and £530, respectively. Though there might be slight variations or unique hues swapped between the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. And it appears that the flagship Xperia XZ2 is about to follow suit!

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