You may or may not remember about a month ago we published an article about Sony possibly doing away with the headphone jack. Fast forward about a month to MWC 2018 and the announcement of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.
They are mostly the same for the two phones, I will notate the differences though. The specs listed will be for the XZ2 if they differ I will put the specs for the Compact model in parenthesis.
- CPU – Snapdragon 845
- Storage – 64GB with MicroSD card slot
- Memory – 4GB RAM
- Battery – 3180mAh with QC 3.0 (2870mAh on Compact)
- Display – 5.7″ Triluminos 18:9 HDR (5″ on XZ Compact)
- Main Camera – 19MP f2.0
- Front Facing Camera – 5MP f2.2
- Resistance – IP68
- Battery – 3180mAh (2870mAh on XZ Compact)
This phone has been released although pre-orders aren’t up at the time of this writing. I will add that the camera has a super slow-mo very similar to the one on the S9. It’s 960fps, although the specs say it can do that in full HD which means 1080p. Samsung is capped at 720p if you are shooting in super slow-mo. As per usual I would imagine the audio quality is pretty good, I mean this is Sony after all. That does bring me to one glaring exception though. A few weeks ago we reported that Sony might be bringing a phone to the market without a 3.5mm headphone jack. Well, unfortunately, it’s here.
I know for some reason one-by-one OEM’s are removing the headphone jack. I know I’m fighting a losing battle here but dammit I don’t want to have to take an adapter with me. There’s not many left to thank for leaving the headphone jack alone. If Sony, a music company is willing to ditch it, I suppose it’s only a matter of time before everyone does.
Aside from the missing headphone jack, I’m honestly not a fan of the new design. The previous Sony phones were a bit blocky. I know that’s not what everyone is doing nowadays, and I think that’s the reason I liked it so much. Now with the more rounded back, it just looks like every other phone out there.
What do you think of the new design? Are you a fan of keeping or removing the headphone jack from phones? Sound off in the comments!