It’s well-worn ground — a new premium Android smartphone is basically the same as all the others, so the company behind it throws in some unexpected, off-the-wall feature to shake things up. This week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony took that literally, introducing a new premium smartphone that rumbles along with audio, whether that’s an explosion in a movie, a shot fired in a game, or some deep bass in a song. It’s the most unique feature of the Xperia XZ2, Sony’s latest premium smartphone — a phone that looks pretty solid if the price is right.
Sony is going with the flow in one major way, though — they’ve used Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back of the phone, keeping an aluminum frame around the sides. The phone has a curved back that is 11 mm at its thickest and 6 mm at the edges. The fingerprint scanner is on the back and sits a little lower than those of other Android phones, which could be more comfortable considering the phone’s size. Sony doesn’t recommend submerging the phone, but they say it is dust- and water-resistant.
Using glass on the back seems to be the way of the industry now, even if it does cause some frustration — glass-backed phones are slippery and can slide right off tables if you’re not careful, and even with the strength of Gorilla Glass 5, one bad drop can shatter the glass on the front, back, or both (just trust us on this one, we know). On the other hand, glass on the back allows things like better connectivity and wireless charging (which the Xperia XZ2 has), so you take the good with the bad.