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Sony Xperia's XZ2 and XZ2 Compact get a new look

The metal and glass phones are packed with tech, but probably won't come cheap.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 is a great phone, but it's not the best in the market. 

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Sony Xperia XZ2

There are two front speakers that deliver quite a bit of sound.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The XZ2 comes with a USB Type-C port.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The SIM card holder is easy to remove as you can do it without a SIM ejector tool.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The curves of the XZ2 make the phone easy to hold.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The fingerprint sensor located at the back of the phone is a bit too low and you may find yourself trying and failing to unlock your phone with the camera lens. 

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The phone isn't the thinnest in the market, in fact, it's quite thick.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony is back with two flagship phones at Mobile World Congress 2018 and they're bigger and better than ever.

The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact phones are packed with tech, with the XZ2 challenging the likes of the Galaxy S9 in terms of features and style.

While the 5.7-inch XZ2 is the bigger of the two phones, the 5-inch Compact shares almost all of the same key specs.

With wireless charging, a Snapdragon 845 processor and some awesome cameras, these two handsets are worth paying attention to.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The XZ2 has 5.7-inch display.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

On the back you'll find a 19-megapixel camera, while on the front you've got 5 megapixels.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The rear cameras on both phones shoot HDR video at 4K resolution.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

They also shoot super slow-motion footage from 720p to full HD.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony finally has wireless charging, but it's limited to the full-size XZ2.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony says the cameras on both phones have better low-light performance than on previous devices thanks to firmware improvements made in partnership with Qualcomm.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

As you've probably noticed, both of these phones have been given some significant design upgrades. 

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Say goodbye to the huge bezels of yesteryear. 

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The display now stretches all the way to the edges of the phone.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Both phones are made of metal and glass and are waterproof down to a depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

The Xperia XZ2 will be released later in the year. No pricing details have been announced yet.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is the little sister of the XZ2, although it packs a very similar punch.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

In fact, the only differences can be found in the screen size and the wireless charging.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The XZ2 Compact has a 5-inch screen, whereas the XZ2 has a slightly larger 5.7-inch screen.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Unfortunately, wireless charging isn't available on the XZ2 Compact. 

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

But it has the same 19-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera as the XZ2.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

And both phones come with Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

They're also both packed with some speedy internals, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

That means the XZ2 Compact will be one of the fastest smallest phones ever made.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Perhaps that means we'll see a resurgence in smaller, but more powerful devices?

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The fingerprint scanner is on the back of the XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The phones can take a MicroSD card, expandable up to 400GB.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Gorilla Glass 5 is present on the front and back of both devices.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

As with the XZ2, Sony hasn't announced any pricing for the XZ2 Compact just yet.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

But with such high-end features, don't expect either of them to be cheap.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Swipe through the rest of the gallery to see more pictures of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact and be sure to return to CNET later in the year for our full review.

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