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Sony’s renowned for its decades-long audio credentials, but a new report claims that the company is getting rid of its all-important headphone jack on its upcoming flagship smartphones.
According to Swedroid.se (via Xperia Blog), citing an “industry source”, both the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will ditch the 3.5mm jack. How Sony will spin this, we don’t know, but if it’s like any other company, we imagine they’ll cite water/dust resistance, battery capacity and/or general space considerations.
Otherwise, the publication reports that both devices will have a rear fingerprint scanner (as opposed to the side-mounted scanner of previous devices), a Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM. The XZ2 is expected to pack a 5.8-inch 18:9 display (resolution wasn’t mentioned), while the Compact is believed to pack a 5-inch FHD+ (presumably 2160×1080) 18:9 display.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact seem to be a notable upgrade over 2017’s devices, save for the audio department
In other words, it looks like Sony is ditching the traditional design for the Xperia flagships, opting for a more modern feel with taller screens and thinner borders. This seems to be corroborated by an earlier Xperia Blog report, purportedly showing the Compact design.
Swedroid claims a 6 March launch date, with the XZ2 retailing for SEK7990 (R11 600 as a straight conversion) and the XZ2 Compact selling for SEK5990 (R8698).
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