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Grade A Sony Xperia XZ2 (4GB+64GB) Liquid Black on Vodafone @ CeX for £190
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Grade A Sony Xperia XZ2 (4GB+64GB) Liquid Black on Vodafone @ CeX for £190

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Posted 16th Aug

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I can't recommend this phone enough, having owned it for nearly 8 months. I'd just point out its compact, ergonomic nature, extraordinary battery life, luxury features like wireless charging or full dust/waterproof certification. It will satisfy most users, even some camera aficionados, despite having only a single shooter.


The Xperia XZ2's dimensions are 153 mm (6.0 in) in height, with a width of 72 mm (2.8 in) and a depth of 11.1 mm (0.44 in) and weighs approximately 198 g (7.0 oz). The device comes in 4 colors: Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, Deep Green and Ash Pink.

Display and Performance

The Xperia XZ2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, built on a 10 nm process technology with 8 custom Kryo 385 processors (4x 2.7 GHz and 4x 1.7 GHz), 4/6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and uses the Adreno 630 for graphics rendering. The device also has an internal storage of 64 GB and comes in single-SIM and dual-SIM versions, with both featuring LTE Cat. 16 with 3x carrier aggregation, a 4x4 MIMO antenna design with a total of 8 antennas. It also has microSD card expansion of up to 512 GB in a hybrid SIM 2 slot setup.

Camera

MotionEye

Sony debuted in the Xperia XZs and the XZ Premium the world's first three-layer stacked image sensor with DRAM for smartphones. Known as the Sony IMX400, the sensor features a RAM chip sandwiched in between the sensor and control circuitry layers which serves as a large and fast buffer to where the sensor can temporarily offload a significant amount of captured data before transferring it to the phone's internal memory for processing. This enables the camera to record super slow-motion videos at 960 fps, at a steady 720p resolution. Recording at super slow motion is limited to 0.18 seconds per buffer though, due to limitations.

The Xperia XZ2 borrows the Motion Eye Camera from the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZ1. It comprises a 19 MP 1/2.3” Exmor RS for mobile sensor with a 1.22 μm pixel pitch, f/2.0 aperture and 25 mm wide G Lens. It also features 4K HDR video recording, a world's first for Sony, which supports SteadyShot video stabilization alongside the standard 1080p/30 fps, a high-speed 1080p/60 fps and a 120 fps recording in 720p options. The front selfie camera has a 5-megapixel sensor (1/5") with 23 mm, f/2.2 lens, a 90-degree wide angle lens and SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization).

Triple Image Sensing technology

The Xperia XZ2 has the Triple Image Sensing technology that started with the Xperia XZ as standard. It is composed of the image sensing (CMOS sensor with PDAF), distance sensing (Laser AF sensor) and color sensing (RGBC-IR sensor) systems, featuring a hybrid autofocus that utilizes Phase Detection (PDAF) to lock focus on a subject within 0.03 seconds, and also includes phase and contrast detection along with predictive motion tracking. It also has a laser autofocus sensor for fast tracking and locking focus on a subject, as well as an RGBC-IR (RedGreenBlueClear-InfraRed) color sensor that assists the white balance function of the camera by providing additional data about the light conditions of the surrounding environment. It also has SteadyShot with Intelligent Auto in addition to the five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization first seen in the Xperia XZ. The Motion Eye Camera in the Xperia XZ2 also has Predictive Capture. When it detects fast-paced movement, the camera automatically captures a maximum of four photos before the shutter button is pressed, and lets the user select the best one afterwards. This is done without any user intervention and is possible due to the same built-in RAM chip on the image sensor used in capturing the 960 fps super slow-motion videos.

3D Creator

The Xperia XZ2 is also capable of capturing 3D objects without the need of a dual-camera setup, a feature that was first implemented into the Xperia XZ1. It utilizes the IMX400's built-in DRAM to offload captured data before being combined and built up in the proprietary 3D Creator application, creating a near-perfect rendition of the subject, be it a face of a person, a whole head or any object the user may wish to capture. The user is then given the option to use the rendered 3D image on the included animated figures for a more creative approach or have it 3D-printed by Sony's approved 3D printing companies, all within the app itself.

Battery

The Xperia XZ2 is powered by a non-removable 3180 mAh battery. Charging and data transfer is handled by a USB-C port with support for USB 3.1 and Qi Wireless Charging. It also has Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 and Qnovo adaptive charging technology built-in. This allows the device to monitor the cell's electrochemical processes in real time and adjust charging parameters accordingly to minimize cell damage and extend the battery unit's lifespan.

Battery Care

The Xperia XZ2 also comes with Battery Care, Sony's proprietary charging algorithm that controls the charging process of the phone through machine learning. It recognizes the user's charging habits for a certain period and automatically adjusts itself to the pattern, for example an overnight charge, by stopping the initial charging to about 80-90 percent, and then continuing it until full from where it left off the next day. This effectively prevents the unnecessary damage to the battery's cells from excessive heat and current due to overcharging, further increasing the battery's life span.

Audio and Connectivity

The Xperia XZ2 has dual front-firing stereo speakers. It's the first Xperia device that has no standard 3.5 mm audio jack, which has resulted in a somehow mixed reaction from users and critics alike. To make up for the removal, the XZ2 has improved wireless audio connectivity along with Sony's famed LDAC, an audio coding technology they've developed in-house, which is now a part of the Android Open Source Project, that enables the transmission of 24bit/96 kHz High-Resolution (Hi-Res) audio content over Bluetooth at up to 990 kbit/s, three times faster than conventional audio streaming codecs, to compatible audio devices.

Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 5 with aptX and Low Energy, NFC, 4x4 MIMO antennas for fast WI-Fi and cellular upload/download speeds, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, MirrorLink, screen casting via Miracast and Google Cast, DLNA, GPS (with A-GPS), GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo satellite positioning. The Xperia XZ2, like most new smartphone nowadays, has no FM radio.

Software

The Sony Xperia XZ2 was launched with the Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, along with Smart Stamina battery saving modes and Sony's proprietary multimedia apps. In October 12, 2018, the latest Android 9.0 Pie started rolling out in OTA updates along with monthly security updates to users worldwide.

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You're very partial to a Sony deal aren't ya xl.
A very good spec for a very good price.
Good price for a quality handset
jabbatheshed16/08/2019 08:11

You're very partial to a Sony deal aren't ya xl.


I like the brand true, but so I like others.

For this particular model I may have a sweet spot, as it ticks many of my boxes.

Just sold my XZ Premium in order to upgrade to the Monster, that's XZ2 Premium (learning 'unsettled status' from master @MrSwitch)

Will report on that big one shortly...
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
Has this just been reduced, I could have sworn it was over £200 very recently. Heat xavier, very good price, I voted hot on the other 3,but I was in bed when you posted 'em
MrSwitch16/08/2019 08:39

Has this just been reduced, I could have sworn it was over £200 very …Has this just been reduced, I could have sworn it was over £200 very recently. Heat xavier, very good price, I voted hot on the other 3,but I was in bed when you posted 'em


In bed???? You're known not to sleep
xavierluther16/08/2019 08:29

I like the brand true, but so I like others.For this particular model I …I like the brand true, but so I like others.For this particular model I may have a sweet spot, as it ticks many of my boxes.Just sold my XZ Premium in order to upgrade to the Monster, that's XZ2 Premium (learning 'unsettled status' from master @MrSwitch) Will report on that big one shortly...


Yeah I haven't had one since the z which I loved, it was a cracking phone apart from the dull screen and not the best camera, but wasn't important for me. Everything else about it was flawless, still have it in a drawer somewhere.
jabbatheshed16/08/2019 08:46

His eyes have turned square!


He still found time in wee hours to upvote my deals. That's a pro...
xavierluther16/08/2019 08:47

He still found time in wee hours to upvote my deals. That's a pro...


Pro- active that's switchy, he never turns off completely, which is ironic wouldn't you say switchy
jabbatheshed16/08/2019 08:50

Pro- active that's switchy, he never turns off completely, which is ironic …Pro- active that's switchy, he never turns off completely, which is ironic wouldn't you say switchy


Toddlers waking up in middle of night do help with catching up online...
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
xavierluther16/08/2019 08:47

He still found time in wee hours to upvote my deals. That's a pro...


As we speak he'll be scouring through his 300 open tabs looking for price fluctuations on every phone conceivable to man.
jabbatheshed16/08/2019 08:53

As we speak he'll be scouring through his 300 open tabs looking for price …As we speak he'll be scouring through his 300 open tabs looking for price fluctuations on every phone conceivable to man.


He's the Master, soon he'll need an upgrade to 12 GB ram
xavierluther16/08/2019 08:54

He's the Master, soon he'll need an upgrade to 12 GB ram


It's said he has a tablet adhered to his wall inside his shower, could just be a myth though.
jabbatheshed16/08/2019 08:57

It's said he has a tablet adhered to his wall inside his shower, could …It's said he has a tablet adhered to his wall inside his shower, could just be a myth though.


It's likely at least one phone may have already disappeared down his toilet...
xavierluther16/08/2019 08:58

It's likely at least one phone may have already disappeared down his …It's likely at least one phone may have already disappeared down his toilet...


and there'll be a rat in a sewer somewhere looking through his deals and liking em on said phone
xavierluther16/08/2019 08:43

In bed???? You're known not to sleep


The little one only woke up once last night
MrSwitch16/08/2019 09:12

The little one only woke up once last night


That was a good night then
Just sold my pristine one for £160 to a competitor so this mark up is relatively small. The specs of the phone are excellent it's just a bit too thick and heavy.
Lord.vader16/08/2019 09:30

Just sold my pristine one for £160 to a competitor so this mark up is …Just sold my pristine one for £160 to a competitor so this mark up is relatively small. The specs of the phone are excellent it's just a bit too thick and heavy.


I wouldn't say those are its weaknesses, it's not that bad, you get used to it like with odd FP sensor placement.

An additional quality monochrome sensor in camera system, like on Premium, would have put this into contention for best compact phone of 2018
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
xavierluther16/08/2019 09:40

I wouldn't say those are its weaknesses, it's not that bad, you get used …I wouldn't say those are its weaknesses, it's not that bad, you get used to it like with odd FP sensor placement. An additional quality monochrome sensor in camera system, like on Premium, would have put this into contention for best phone of 2018


I'm a fan of the Sony's - had the first X1 a few years back and it integrates with my playstation nicely. It was just too chunky for me. Everything else is high spec.
Lord.vader16/08/2019 09:43

I'm a fan of the Sony's - had the first X1 a few years back and it …I'm a fan of the Sony's - had the first X1 a few years back and it integrates with my playstation nicely. It was just too chunky for me. Everything else is high spec.


Well, if you find this chunky, how would you find Premium/XZ3/Xperia 1?

This is kind of compact for me, helped by smart ergonomics
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
Maybe I got the wrong model. I had the first ever Xperia. It was all glass and thin like a Samsung s6. Thought that was the X1 , maybe it was just 'Xperia"?
Lord.vader16/08/2019 09:58

Maybe I got the wrong model. I had the first ever Xperia. It was all glass …Maybe I got the wrong model. I had the first ever Xperia. It was all glass and thin like a Samsung s6. Thought that was the X1 , maybe it was just 'Xperia"?


That requires a proper, historical investigation; HUKD's own principal resident Sony expert @Bavy might be able to find culprit model
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
xavierluther16/08/2019 10:01

That requires a proper investigation, HUKD's own principal resident Sony …That requires a proper investigation, HUKD's own principal resident Sony expert @Bavy might be able to find culprit model


Found it. It was the Sony Xperia Z - 2013!!!
Lord.vader16/08/2019 10:23

Found it. It was the Sony Xperia Z - 2013!!!


Gosh, it's been lots of water under smartphone bridge
xavierluther16/08/2019 10:25

Gosh, it's been lots of water under smartphone bridge


Lovely phone at the time though. Real premium feel to it.
Lord.vader16/08/2019 10:26

Lovely phone at the time though. Real premium feel to it.


Those were the giddy times when Sony was selling 60 million handsets a year... now it's like one or two million, if I recall correctly

Many mistakes made since in cut-throat environment
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
Sweet deal. Bear in mind that Vodafone seem to have trouble network unlocking some Xperias though (they don't seem to know why, but the codes on their database are wrong, and it isn't because the IMEIs are blocked). Fine if you want to use it on Vodafone though...
I bought this phone six months ago, screen is really nice ,it’s very responsive too. The only negative is the fingerprint sensor is positioned rather awkwardly.
If you can get over the fingerprint position it's a brilliant phone even for £300 let alone under £200.
I mean guys, if you can get used to Brexit, you surely will to this FPS
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
razo16/08/2019 10:38

Sweet deal. Bear in mind that Vodafone seem to have trouble network …Sweet deal. Bear in mind that Vodafone seem to have trouble network unlocking some Xperias though (they don't seem to know why, but the codes on their database are wrong, and it isn't because the IMEIs are blocked). Fine if you want to use it on Vodafone though...


Vodafone waste time for unlocking, just get your codes from ebay for as little as 10 pound, I use sim-unlock. Net unlocked about 30 phones including Xperia 1, xz premium, z1 without problem. I had the Vodafone unlock codes but they never work
Bavy16/08/2019 11:55

Vodafone waste time for unlocking, just get your codes from ebay for as …Vodafone waste time for unlocking, just get your codes from ebay for as little as 10 pound, I use sim-unlock. Net unlocked about 30 phones including Xperia 1, xz premium, z1 without problem. I had the Vodafone unlock codes but they never work


As little as £10, not little seems to me

I think you've done it before, maybe you can post again link for this unlock-code seller plz
Lord.vader16/08/2019 10:26

Lovely phone at the time though. Real premium feel to it.


I had the original z beautiful design, had for about 14 months before my kid broke the screen it was the 1st mainstream waterproof phone, use play YouTube with phone dunked in a jug of water, was good party trick in the pub people were amazed, because there phones would have simply died
xavierluther16/08/2019 11:57

As little as £10, not little seems to meI think you've done it before, …As little as £10, not little seems to meI think you've done it before, maybe you can post again link for this unlock-code seller plz


This one bit expensive tho but 100 percent guaranteed to work cost about 20 pound
m.sim-unlock.net/
Bavy16/08/2019 11:58

I had the original z beautiful design, had for about 14 months before my …I had the original z beautiful design, had for about 14 months before my kid broke the screen it was the 1st mainstream waterproof phone, use play YouTube with phone dunked in a jug of water, was good party trick in the pub people were amazed, because there phones would have simply died


You still can't dunk it in whiskey, you'd better not try

(Pub folks would love it)
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
Haven't tried whisky but being alcohol should be OK
Bavy16/08/2019 12:04

Haven't tried whisky but being alcohol should be OK


R u crazy? Not even seawater!!!!

(You taking the piss)
Edited by: "xavierluther" 16th Aug
xavierluther16/08/2019 12:03

You still can't dunk it in whiskey, you'd better not try (Pub folks …You still can't dunk it in whiskey, you'd better not try (Pub folks would love it)


You have xz2, i never owned the phone but I did recommend to both my friends a year ago, and met up recently with them and they very happy with there handsets, the one went to watch a LFC match earlier in the year and said he dropped his phone several tiers down after celebrating a goal, he said thats it phone gona be smashed, a steward picked it up and have it, and to his surprise no damage to the phone just few scratches on the back. Looking at the xz2 it's does feel more solid then others, and Evan Sony advertising is the world's most durable display
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