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Sony Xperia Z2 is coming to North America in May

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Sony Xperia Z2 is coming to North America in May
The Sony Xperia Z2 is coming to North America in May. That news comes directly from Sony, as the Japanese manufacturer announced that its flagship phone will be an exclusive in Canada for Bell. Waterproof and dustproof, the device has all of the specs that you would expect from a top-shelf model. That includes a 5.2 inch 1020 x 1920 resolution Triluminos display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. Back and front facing cameras weigh in at 20.7MP and 2.2MP respectively. A 3200mAh battery keeps the lights on and Android 4.4 is pre-installed. Those who purchase the phone from Bell will have access to six blockbuster movies from Sony Pictures, including Captain Phillips, through the Video Unlimited service. Buyers will receive a 30-day free trial of the Music Unlimited service, and eight PlayStation Mobile games.

While pricing was not disclosed, Bell is currently taking pre-registrations for the device. That means if you leave your email address with the Canadian carrier, you will be alerted when Bell is taking pre-orders on the handset. Sony's press release mentiones a May launch for the handset on Bell. The phone will be available in black, white and purple.

As for a U.S. launch of the Sony Xperia Z2, initially it was believed that the phone would find its way to T-Mobile just as the Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia Z1S did. But toward the end of last month, we passed along a rumor that the Sony Xperia Z2 will end up being a Verizon exclusive, with a launch in the second quarter of the year. The whole situation is up in the air, and while Verizon customers were electrified by the report, nothing is official yet.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is coming to Bell as a Canadian exclusive

The Sony Xperia Z2 is coming to Bell as a Canadian exclusive


source: Sony via Engadget

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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:42 2

1. jeeta444 (Posts: 135; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


xscape !!!!...is it an unfinished project of M jackson.....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:49 3

2. Sauce (unregistered)


M8. Z2. M8. Z2. EM ATE! ZEE TEW! CANT DECIDE!

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:56 3

4. Tizen007 (Posts: 522; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


For me its easy... Galaxy S5...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:08 9

8. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


noooooo that band aid never

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:13 2

9. Tizen007 (Posts: 522; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Sony fanboys = easy prey...

**FOR ME**

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:18 6

11. Sauce (unregistered)


The S5 is nice, but not worth an upgrade. IMO

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:04 3

20. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its definitely a better upgrade than Z2 over Z1: same camera, same design, same 'un-refreshed' UI, SD801 is not significantly better than SD800,etc. The only stand out feature I can find is the display.

or even M8 over M7 which loses OIS, no camera upgrade (except front facing), increased bezels, not the best design in comparison to its predecessor (subjective)

S5 over S4 has better camera, brighter and the best display on market (-displaymate), water + dustproof is a big +1 (for me), Amazing battery life improvements (check XDA), S-Lag is gone, Finger-print scanner, etc.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:38 2

27. jeeta444 (Posts: 135; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


you forget Z2 have stereo speakers, bigger battery, 0.3mm thinner,slow motion timeshift video 720p@120fps and 3gb ram..... ..Z2 is best....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:41 3

28. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Ha ha ha. Z2 and Z1 Sony only had 6 months to change things and they listened to the customer and gave them what they wanted. Samsung didn't listen. We got the same design, a plastic phone, a heart rate monitor and finger print scanner which no one asked for!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:46 2

30. Genza (Posts: 279; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I think the thing you said about the Z2 is not true, because there are quite a lot of things that you can not get with Z1.
1. Better screen.
2. Stereo speakers.
3. The only phone with a built-in digital noise canceling technology.
4. 3GB of ram + light UI = one of the best phones for multitasking.
5. MHL 3.0
6. Larger battery in thinner body that (3200 mAh).

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:59

32. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


1. I did put that in my post
2. Agreed
3. I've Sony's NWZ noise cancelling walkman but I don't them any better than my Sansa Disk mp3 player for £30.
4.I see no benefit of having 3GB over 2GB that's why I didn't list.
5. Hardly anyone owns 4k televison so I'll pass
6. Yes but Sony's devices always have poor battery life. So I'll reserve my judgement until a reliable site posts the results.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:30

37. Odiin (Posts: 303; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


What a biased justification!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:30

38. Odiin (Posts: 303; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


What a biased justification!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:04 1

21. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Its definitely a better upgrade than Z2 over Z1: same camera, same design, same 'un-refreshed' UI, SD801 is not significantly better than SD800,etc. The only stand out feature I can find is the display.

or even M8 over M7 which loses OIS, no camera upgrade (except front facing), increased bezels, not the best design in comparison to its predecessor (subjective)

S5 over S4 has better camera, brighter and the best display on market (-displaymate), water + dustproof is a big +1 (for me), Amazing battery life improvements (check XDA), S-Lag is gone, Finger-print scanner, etc. The only downside for me is the increased foot-print of the device.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:37

26. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Samsung Galaxy S5 is a very good performer, it would be perfect if Samsung want to experiment with a new distinctive and modern design.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:43 2

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


You forgot s5 is uglier than s4.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 02:51 1

31. tech2 (Posts: 2464; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


beauty is in the eye of beholder......I don't find Galaxy's design ugly and so didn't 100 mil customers, that's why they bought it.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-sells-100-million-Samsung-Galaxy-S-series-phones_id38662

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:08

36. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 573; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Only 100 millions of people including you? What about the rest of the world(over 7 billions of people)? Did they have the same opinion with you? For me Samsung's Galaxy design is only average(excluding the beautiful Galaxy Tab 7.7), but other than that it's very good. I respect your opinion and the other Galaxy customers opinion, even though I'm one of them.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 04:11

39. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Okay sammy fanboy enough stop trolling. And the irony is that i've seen you commenting some article that i'm no samsung fan lol. Coming from a samsung galaxy owner.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:07

7. danny_a2005 (Posts: 119; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


Im on the same dilemma

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:43

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Get Z2 if you want overall allrounder and M8 if you don't care for camera.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:16

43. wbwarnerb (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I feel the same way. People push S5 a lot... I walked into BB last night and they were pushing the S5 like crazy. I have a S3... and I've always been dissapointed with the camera quality. People follow megapixels like it's the be all of quality. It isn't. The sensor, the lens, those are a larger factor on the camera. So I checked out images taken on flickr with Samsung S4 (very few s5 images up yet) and I see the same lack luster quality I have on the S3... then I check out images from Z1 (z2 images aren't really up much) and I see a huge quality difference in the average in camera photo (with no processing.) HDR looks normal and not exagerated on the Z1, colors are rich and not washed out... then I look at HTC One m8 images, and again, super cool. Very nice color depth, descent low light shots, HDR is amazing (not crazy exagerated like I see in some S4 uses) and the ufocus is nice that it's not a mode you go into. all photos have the Zdepth to refocus post shot. The only prob with M8 is with only 4megapixels... well the cropping, post processing will be limited. Z2 would be awesome, but I fear it won't come to my carrier (AT&T.) I switched from iPhone 2 years ago to go with Samsung and it's great, except for the camera (which is worse then my previous gen iphone 4.) I'd like to have a descent camera on the phone. The Z2 has some really nice 4k video that unlike S5, actually uses stabilization. Both S5 and Z2 seem to not use full megapixels for the specialty shots... those tend to come downards into the 8mp range anway. In the end I'll prob go with the HTC M8 - but if I had the option, I might go with the Z2. I'm pretty bummed about Samsung camera quality always being washed out, relying on 3rd party apps to do post procesisng to make the images enjoyable. It's frustrating when my wife's old iphone takes better shots then my S3. So I think it's time for a switch from Samsung to maybe HTC or Sony for me.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:54

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3618; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Sony a japanese carrier ROFL

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:05

5. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Just like pocketnow you made a stupid article that tells us nothing. Canada is not North America. Canada is is Canada, and i do not live in Canada. Congratulations to all of you Canadians for getting the phone that should come to verizon and not some crap Canadian carrier

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:14

10. Tizen007 (Posts: 522; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Why is Canadian carrier's crap?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:19 3

12. vijaysivakula (Posts: 169; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


Canada is not North America? Even if you are being sarcastic that is dumb!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:25

24. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


What's dumb is phonearena fishin for clicks, what they should have done is just be honest. Z2 coming to Canada and not the US which no one really cares about

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:03 1

34. Xenaz (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


You don't care doesn't implies others don't, =_="

PA is indeed fishing for clicks, but do respect others people around the world, you sounds like US is the only country that everyone should care about which is ignorant....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:22 2

13. Xenaz (Posts: 106; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


Canada did belongs to a country in NA region......

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_America

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:06 1

6. hockc17 (Posts: 10; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


Come ON Sony, just release it in the US already!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:26 2

14. aayupanday (Posts: 528; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


G3 will blow that away.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:08 8

23. faizan-sharif (Posts: 56; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


what ever the later models will do will do, but the reality of today is Z2 is the king of all three (s5,m8 and itself) a perfect al rounder performing device, a complete package having edge on its competitors

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:06

35. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


You and comment #18 have the same dumb logic.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:28

15. theizzz (Posts: 12; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


Verizon exclusive? ooooh that'll piss off so many people. Good luck with sales, Sony. You'll need it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:25 1

25. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


because the T Mobile xperia exclusives.... don't piss people off?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:48 2

17. Branson28 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Very excited for the Z2. Especially with the unreleased Michael Jackson album with it. Couldn't be more perfect.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:51

18. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Note 4 will make Z2 its biatch

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 03:00 1

33. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


What kind of dumb logic is that? If you want to compare future phones to present ones then Z3 already buried S5.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:54

19. threeline (Posts: 260; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


VZW will suck the life out of this phone.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 01:05

22. theo14461 (Posts: 174; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I hope this one's better than the Z1.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:56

40. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 29; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


I couldn't imagine that a U.S. release would be far off from the Canadian release. Hopefully sometime this month Sony will confirm what carrier(s) it will be coming to. In my case, hopefully the verizon rumors are true :)

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:07

41. na7noo7 (Posts: 274; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Only on Verizon? Let's just see what LG brings us.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:44

42. jb4674 (Posts: 141; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


This is BS. Sony should release their phones on every carrier in the US. Enough of the single carrier exclusivity. I've been waiting and waiting patiently since the Z1 was announced so that I could buy an LTE Z1, and the AT&T compatible version has just been released on their site about 2 weeks ago. Is it worth waiting for the Z2? IMO, yes, since it has a better screen but, with the previous track record of Sony f'ing all their potential customers in the US, the chances of the Z2 being available in the US at launch in an LTE AT&T capable version are very slim.

This is totally ridiculous...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:22

44. wbwarnerb (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Sony doesn't have a choice. The manufacturer (i.e. Sony) can't decide which carriers they will be attached to. Obviously they would want to be on all carriers for profit reasons.

I've read that the Z2 has compatibility with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks. But will it be on all? It depends on what "the powers that be" decide for it's release in the US. Will the carriers accept it? Will decision makers force them into one carrier? who knows but Sony doesn't want to limit itself. The limits are not self imposing.

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