Sony has a complete, different timeline when it comes to unveiling flagship phones compared to Samsung and Apple. The latter two unveils a new flagship phone once a year, while Sony on the other hand goes as often as twice a year. The Japanese tech giant officially released the Xperia Z last February 2013, followed by the Z1 seven months after. Just the other day, the company released the new flagship, dubbed as the Xperia Z2.
Judging from the outside, the Xperia Z2 very much resembles what its predecessor looks like: a phone with a glass back panel and an aluminum body. A lot of people aren’t huge fans of a glass back panel, as it is a recipe for a fingerprint nightmare. But it does give the phone a more premium, luxe feel to it, just like the iPhone 4S and the Nexus 4. The Xperia Z2 might give a familiar look and feel, but Sony promises spec bumps for the new Xperia flagship. Head over the break to know what’s new with the Xperia Z2.
First on the Xperia Z2’s list is a bigger display at 5.2 inches, as the Xperia Z1 came with a 5 inch screen. Sony decided to equip the new flagship with an IPS LCD display on top of the Triluminos technology and X-Reality engine that is already present on its predecessor. As a result, the Xperia Z2 boosts a more color-consistent and brighter display. Although there’s said to be a significant noticeable improvement on the display performance, we bet that it wouldn’t matter that much when put into daily use.
The Xperia Z2 is the first device to come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 801 quad core processor clocked at 2.3GHz. We can’t help but compare it with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 flagship, clocked slightly faster at 2.5GHz. But, the Xperia Z2 comes with a bigger 3 GB of RAM against the Galaxy S5’s 2 GB. This means that the Xperia Z2 will be more capable in terms of handling apps requiring more juice power. For average users, a bigger RAM will make opening apps faster and smoother.
As for the main camera, it might be the same 20.7 megapixel found on its predecessor, but the new Xperia Z2 comes with 4k video recording capabilities–a trend found on new flagship phone releases. The Xperia Z2’s edge here over its competitors is Sony’s SteadyShot image stabilization. The Japanese smartphone maker also decided to include additional features for video recording, such as Timeshift video. With this, users can shoot 720p videos @120fps, which you could then select a couple of frames and scenes for slow motion and improved background defocus. Exciting as it may sound, we wonder on how this new feature would fair on actual use.
And then there are accessories Sony introduced together with the Xperia Z2 that users can take advantage off, for an additional cost: the STM10 dual microphone for enhanced 4k video audio (although there’s already a digital noise canceling technology on board with the Xperia Z2) and the MDR NC31EM noise canceling headset.
Finally, there’s the IP58 water and dust proofing Xperia Z users all love. Traditionally, smartphones aren’t meant to go swimming with you, but it’s always a nice idea to be able to take quick photos and videos of you and your friends underwater or never having to worry about sending your mom a reply while you’re walking under the rain, as the phone is water resistant to over 1 meter and 30 minutes.
With these top-notch specs and a solid hardware, will Sony’s new Xperia Z2 finally snatch the top flagship phone spot from Samsung’s Galaxy S line? That we all have to see until the Xperia Z2’s global launch come March.
Sony Xperia Z2 official full specs:
- Android KitKat 4.4.2
- 2.3GHz quad core Krait 400 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 5.2 inch ( 1080 x 1920 pixels ) Full HD IPS LCD Triluminos display at 424 ppi
- X-Reality Engine
- 3 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of ROM
- microSD card support to up to 64 GB
- 20.7 megapixel (1/2.3” sensor size) AF main camera with LED flash, 2160p video @30fps, 1080p @ 60fps and 720p @ 120fps
- 2.2 megapixel front camera, 1080p video recording @30fps
- WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, DNLA, NFC, 3G/HSDPA/HSUPA, LTE
- Digital Noise Canceling Technology, S-Front Surround Sound
- IP58 certified
- non-removable 3200 mAh Li-ion battery
- Black, White, Purple
- 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm, 163 grams