MWC 2018

Sony’s new flagship Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact ditch thick bezels

Brand new design and lots of upgrades!

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After sneak peaks and sneaky leaks, Sony announced two new smartphones to headline its new flagship range: the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.

In order to deviate away from the aging design of the Xperia XZ1 and its long line of predecessors, Sony shifted to a smoother, curvier look. The Xperia XZ2 and its smaller sibling look and feel more stylish than ever, and they maintain the IP68 water and dust resistance that has become standard in the Xperia series.

The Sony’s Xperia XZ2 has an extended 5.7-inch HDR Full HD+ 18:9 display, powerful front-facing stereo speakers, and a brand new Dynamic Vibration System that brings your content to life. Both phones are decked out with Motion Eye 2018 upgrades, 3D Creator for selfies, and Full HD 960fps super slow-motion videos. Both of them will have the world’s first 4K HDR movie recording while boasting a Snapdragon 845 processor inside.

Sony also developed a new fusion image signal processor that allows image capture in extremely dark conditions. With an unprecedented ISO sensitivity of 51200 for photos and ISO of 12800 for videos, these two new phones are set to take brighter images with less noise and less blur.

And remember that 3D scanning feature of the Xperia XZ1? These newer models can do it using the front camera, as well, making it easier to create avatars and share them with friends online. Rounding up the multimedia experience is high-resolution audio and the loudest front-facing stereo speakers ever found on an Xperia.

The Xperia XZ2 Compact offers the same premium performance squeezed into a smaller 5-inch HDR Full HD+ display, but size isn’t the only way you can tell them apart. The larger Xperia XZ2 has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and aluminum metal frame build while the Compact version settles for an anti-scratch polycarbonate back panel.

Both phones will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo. The Xperia XZ2 will be available in four colors: Liquid Silver, Liquid Black, Deep Green, and Ash Pink; the XZ2 Compact will have these colors: White Silver, Black, Moss Green, and Coral Pink. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are available globally this March.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia XZ2 reveals itself in leak

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Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-On

Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship

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Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.

But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Are these new features worth the price increase?

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In our Samsung Galaxy S9 Review video, we hope to answer questions you may have to help you make an informed decision before buying the phone.

Is Dual Aperture a gimmick? How good is the S9’s camera? S9 or S9+? Is it even worth it?

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

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YouTubers React to the Samsung Galaxy S9

Do they look like their AR Emoji?

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A new color, internal camera upgrades, and a few minor changes here and there don’t necessarily make the S9 look or feel new.

But is retaining the same beautiful, sleek design such a bad thing? Are the subtle improvements worth the high price tag? Is AR Emoji a gimmick?

YouTubers Mrwhosetheboss, Joshua Vergara, GadgetsBoy, GadgetsJon, The Tech Chap, David Imel, PC Centric, and Isa Rodriguez tell us what they think about the the Samsung Galaxy S9.

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