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Sony Xperia A2 is official in Japan, comes mid-June in lavender and orange

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Sony Xperia A2 is official in Japan, comes mid-June in lavender and orange
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact for the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is titled Z1f there, and codenamed as SO-2F internally. Today DoCoMo started taking preorders of some Xperia A2, which is coincidentally coded as SO-04F. The Xperia Z2 is marked as SO-03F by the carrier, but the specs of the A2 don't really scream Z2 Compact, as was thought before.

The specs seem to be more similar to the Z1 Compact, rather than being worthy of a Z2 Compact, as the A2 sports a 4.3" 720p LCD Triluminos display, a 2.2 GHz quad-core MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Sony's 20.7 MP camera sensor on the back. This looks like a carbon copy of the Z1 Compact specs, though the dimensions are a bit different, at about 128 x 65 x 9.7mm, against 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm for the Z1 Compact. We also aren't seeing a speaker at the rear of the A1, like on the Z1f.

The Xperia A2 phone is still waterproof and IP58-certified, but the ability to record 4K video is conspicuously missing from the list of virtues that comes with the handset, while its larger sibling, the Z2, brags and boasts with this functionality. It is available in a couple of bold new colors, for that matter, including lavender and orange, and will be hitting the shelves in mid-June.

Sony Xperia A2 is official in Japan, comes mid-June in lavender and orange

source: NTTDoCoMo (1,2)

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posted on 14 May 2014, 03:54

1. MacWiNux (Posts: 62; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


so its a mini upgrade of the Z1f....

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:57 11

2. Duketytz (Posts: 416; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


This is not the Z2 Compact...

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:12

25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2786; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


It is a small fail for Sony marketing/branding though. They should have called this refresh of the Z1c something like Z1cs. Using "A2" makes people think of the "Z2". Now in Japan, the story may be different, so this marketing blooper may not really matter.

Hopefully Sony can get the Z2c over to the US officially and more quickly than the slow dance of the Z2 across the globe.

posted on 14 May 2014, 03:58 2

3. galanoth (Posts: 308; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


If it's the same specs as the Z1 compact why release at all?

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:30

12. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1322; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Xperia Z2 Compact S

posted on 14 May 2014, 05:30

19. Duketytz (Posts: 416; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


It is just the Z1 compact in different colours. PA please double checked your sources as this is extremely misleading

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:09 1

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 537; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Wtf is sony smocking? It should've upgraded to 1080p & SD801 Soc.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:11

5. Amir1 (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


it's a z1c refresh. NOT z2c. like z1s for t mobile.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:32 3

13. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


4.3"+1080p... Since when does the human eye ever need 512 PPI???

posted on 14 May 2014, 13:09

24. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2786; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Since there was a human eye. Contrary to the ignorant mythology that pervades the internet, the eye can easily resolve 500+ ppi. Keep in mind the eye does not work like some sort of pixel scanner. Anything that you can make more clear, more legible, makes it easier and less strainful for the eye/vision system to recognize. This is especially true on a small screen where the eye has to expend more effort on focusing. Reducing eye strain is one of the main ways of slowing the onset of myopia for people who use small screens a lot.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:36 2

14. adwienc (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


FHD on 4.3? But what for? To decrease battery life?

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:44

15. Amir1 (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


4.7" FHD would make more sense.

posted on 14 May 2014, 05:19

18. adwienc (Posts: 134; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


For me Z2c should have 4.5 and 720p, maybe FHD if battery was big enough. And I want same IPS screen which Z2 has, it's much brighter.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:12

6. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Give me a RED Z Sony!

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:24

8. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2543; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Nope. I'm sure this is a some kind of Japanese carrier special.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:30

11. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


What's with the UI?

posted on 16 May 2014, 01:17

29. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Thats the docomo Palette UI launcher. It's actually not bad.

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:45

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3084; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Sony can't make plastic devices any more beautiful. Plastic just doesn't suit omnibalance design language.

posted on 14 May 2014, 21:56

27. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Hate cheap junk plastic

posted on 14 May 2014, 04:51

17. zachattack (Posts: 550; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


pretty sure the z1 compact had a snap 800, sooooooo this has to be false....

posted on 14 May 2014, 05:49 1

20. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3084; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


PA correction. The A2 is possible successor of Xperia A aka xperia ZR not Z1 compact.

posted on 14 May 2014, 06:18 1

21. Daniel.P (Posts: 98; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Reworded, thx, it's not entirely clear whose successor this one is yet...

posted on 14 May 2014, 10:37

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3084; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I can assure you this is the ZR successor though, it was just a bit watered down than the Z only screen size and res. was changed, and the design is strikingly similar to A2.

posted on 14 May 2014, 12:03

23. Taters (Posts: 2693; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hopefully this isn't the Z2 compact because those dimensions are a total fail.

posted on 14 May 2014, 14:22

26. anleoflippy (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


It is not. Possibily the successor to the Xperia A.

posted on 16 May 2014, 00:54

28. Feanor (Posts: 296; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


The 934793742th comment about screen-to-size ratio by Taters. The day that a company will present a truly bezeless phone, Taters will get a heart attack. :-)))

posted on 16 May 2014, 01:21

30. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


As stated before me this is a successor to the XPERIA A (Japanese ZR) which I am holding in my hands right now. Its their bestselling device ever, and likely will be again. The Z1f over there had a few conspicious things missing such as no 1Seg Antenna, I expect the A2 (despite having similar specs) is a more mass production friendly version.
Don't knock the plastic - mine has proven durable, comfortable to hold and uniquely stylish beside other phones around me.

posted on 16 May 2014, 07:49

31. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


Now that I'm home and have scrutinized the A2's product page;

YES, it IS a repackaged Z1f. It is nearly identical in layout (just compare images of them), but trades the glass back for a matte plastic finish, while removing the distinct side-inserts.
It also does NOT have a 1seg antenna or NOTTV as I thought it might.

Losses from the outgoing XPERIA A are the Ambience Light notification bar (sadly!) and the rear panel seems unremovable.

Compared to the Z1f though there are the following key differences I could pick out:
Bluetooth v5.0 (up from v4.0), likely with aptX
Android 4.4 @ launch with some new features, mostly from the Z2:
STAMINA mode (yes this is new because JDM XPERIAs did not have them)
Emergency Power Saving mode (this differs from STAMINA mode as it really, really turns things off to last as long as possible in the event of a disaster)
Simple Homescreen (ala Samsung's Easy)
POBox Plus 1.1 (up from POBox Touch) - a new version of their (great) keyboard

It's marginally larger, but marginally lighter (2g). It's also got a more rounded frame, which should actually make the slightly wider girth easier to hold.

tl;dr: It's a XPERIA Z1f with a plastic back (still alu frame) and the latest Z2 software.

posted on 31 May 2014, 03:38

32. rmms1979 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Saw them in the shop today in Japan... The A2 is the Z1 Compact 2014 model with kitkat

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