Sony Xperia 2: what we want to see

The Xperia 1 launched a new flagship line from Sony, with new proportions and truly top-end features. Considering it was introduced in February 2019, we expect a successor around that time in 2020 - and we're already hearing rumors about the Sony Xperia 2.

There's not much yet, but what we're hearing is doubling down on the benefits of the original Xperia 1 smartphone - namely, possible changes to its movie-friendly 21:9 display that could potentially bring tea or punch holes. We're still early in the life cycle of leaks and rumors, so there could be a lot of changes in store that we just haven't seen yet.

Plus, we've come up with a list of things we want from a phone, so our ever-updated handset guide covers everything we've heard and everything we've hoped for.

Update: The leak revealed the possible designs and specifications of the Sony Xperia 2, pointing to a slight downgrade to some extent on the Xperia 1. But another suggests expanding the 21:9 display for the front camera into a notch or punch-hole instead of the black-bar on the Xperia 1's top bezel.

Get to the point

  • What is this? Sony's next flagship
  • When does it come out? Possibly before the end of 2019
  • How much is it? It will have a high end price

Sony Xperia 2 release date and price

The Sony Xperia 1 was announced in February 2019, but it won't actually go on sale until June. Those two things might make you think we won't get the Sony Xperia until February 2, 2020 or later, and it's entirely possible, but Sony's track record says otherwise.

You see, companies typically launch two flagships a year, with the second coming in the third quarter, often announced at the IFA (technical exhibition in Berlin, Germany). We didn't find one for the Xperia 2 in IFA 2019 though - instead, we got the Xperia 5 smartphone that was offered in the Xperia 1. Available in a smaller form factor and at a slight discount.

Which would seem to leave a clear path to a full-fledged, full-sized Sony Xperia 2 announcement for late 2019 or the first half of 2020. We might also see the phone debut at MWC EXPO 2020 at the end of February.

Whenever a Sony Xperia 2 Earth, it's bound to be expensive. Exactly how expensive this is is unclear, but for reference the Xperia 1 is $949 / £849 (estimated AU$1,365), so the Sony Xperia 2 could also have a similar price tag.

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Sony Xperia 2 news and leaks

It's hard to separate the rumored Xperia 2 smartphone from the already launched Xperia 5, but one fact we've heard is that the Xperia 2 will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor. That chipset hasn't appeared in any phone to date, so the Xperia 2 would instantly be one of the most powerful phones on the planet.

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There are also rumors that Sony is planning something special for the camera, with perhaps as many as eight lenses on the back. Take it with a pinch of salt for now.

Our loved ones take a look at what could be on the Sony Xperia 2 comes with leaked renders (below) that show a triple-lens rear camera running along the left edge (rather than the center one as it is on the Xperia 1).

The design is otherwise similar to the Xperia 1 smartphone, with a solid-colored back, probably 21:9 screen, a right edge filled with buttons, and a full bezel above the screen. A recent patent filing suggests that Sony may ditch the clean-but-dated-look full bar top bezel in favor of notched or punched holes.

However, the source of these images adds that the screen is apparently a 6.1-inch 1080 x 2520 AMOLED, which would be both smaller and lower resolution than the 6,5-inch 1644 x 3840 display on the Xperia 1.

As such, while they describe it as Sony's next flagship, it's possible the phone will launch differently than the Xperia 2 - perhaps the Xperia 1C or 1B, or maybe the Xperia 1 Treaty.

They also claim that this phone will have a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a triple lens rear camera with a 12MP main lens, a 12MP telephoto camera and a 12MP wide-angle camera alone. That would make the specs aside from the screen very similar to those in the Xperia 1, while the Xperia 2 is likely to have more bumps.

Elsewhere, we've also seen leaked case renders (below) that line up in the pictures above.

The design also matches the previously leaked render share CashKaro, with the source of this leak adding that the Sony Xperia 2 apparently has a 6.1-inch screen and measures 158 x 68.3 x 8,3mm (9,2mm tall on the back of the camera bumper).

The phone was again rumored to have a Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6GB of RAM, along with 3000mAh with support for wireless charging.

Elsewhere, Sumahoinfo noticed a user agent profile on a Sony phone believed to be the Xperia 2. It has a screen resolution of 3840 x 1644, which is the same as the Xperia 1, hence also pointing to the same 21:9 aspect ratio. Although it is noticeable that there will be a higher resolution than one leak says.

Finally, the LetsGoDigital Sony has seen a trademark for what is called 'C-Cinetone'. We're not sure what it is and there's no guarantee that it will come to the Sony Xperia 2, but the name sounds like something related to the movie, which Sony is focusing heavily on for the Xperia 1.

What do we want to see

Along with what we've heard about the Sony Xperia 2 above, we also have a list of things we want from it. You will find it below.

1. Bright screen

Sony Xperia 1 could have done with a brighter screen

Sony's Xperia 1 has a big screen in many ways, but it falls short when it comes to brightness, which means content doesn't look as good as it should. This is even more of a problem when using the phone in direct, bright sunlight.

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It seems like it should be an easy fix for Sony to make the Xperia 2 brighter, especially since most phones seem to manage to have brighter screens, so let's just hope Sony is aware of the problem and chooses to fix it.

2. Much more battery

The Sony Xperia 1 is a massive phone with a remarkably small 3,330 mAh battery, which resulted in it struggling through the last day of moderate use in our tests. It's just not good enough, so we'd love to see Sony pack a big battery into the Xperia 2 smartphone and make sure the phone lasts longer.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Huawei P30 Pro, Divorce 7 Pro and others all have batteries of 4000 mAh or more, so hopefully Sony will follow suit.

3. Raincoat Scanner

Fingerprint scanner in Xperia 1 should be significantly improved

We have two problems with the fingerprint scanner on the Sony Xperia 1. First, it simply doesn't recognize the finger well enough often. In fact, in our review we found that it only ran successfully about 40% of the time, which didn't really cut it.

Another issue is the position of the scanner. It's the side ones that aren't really a scary place. It keeps it out of the way and makes it more accessible when the phone is on the table than on the back of the scanner. But in a world where many flagships have a scanner screen, it also feels a little dated.

So we would like to see Sony put a scanner on the screen for the Xperia 2, and we really, really want Sony to improve the reliability of the scanner.

4. Whole screen watch

The placement of the fingerprint scanner is not only from an aspect of the Sony Xperia 1's design, it also has a full bezel above the screen and is quite large below.

For the Xperia 2, we'd like to see Sony cut the bottom bezel to the right and replace the top one with a punch hole or notch, or even get rid of it entirely and use a pop-up or in-screen camera.

5. Camera update

Cameras in Xperia 1 are good, but could be better

The Sony Xperia 1 has three rear lenses, but two of them are slightly flawed, with the wide-angle lens leaving shots unnaturally stretched at times, and the telephoto lens only supports 2x optical zoom, which is less than desirable.

These aren't huge problems, but they are also obvious places for improvement and most people use their phones as their primary cameras for improvements that are sure to be appreciated.

6. Wireless charging

One of the main features that the Sony Xperia 1 lacks is wireless charging. While it's not in this all alone, wireless charging has become a pretty standard feature on the top end so it's a shame it's not here. Hopefully for Xperia 2, Sony will implement it.

7. Same aspect ratio

We have mixed feelings about the 21 on the Sony Xperia 1:9 aspect ratio, as while it's great for watching videos on it, it might not be as good for many other uses. But it's different from most other phones, and we kind of talk about that.

In a sea of ​​nearly identical phones, this wider aspect ratio helps the Sony Xperia 1 stand out, which is why we'd love to see it return for the Sony Xperia 2.

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