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Sony Xperia Z2 is here! 5.2" display, 4K video, stereo speakers, and 3 GB of RAM

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Sony Xperia Z2 is here! 5.2
With the just-announced Xperia Z2 flagship, Sony indicates it is stepping on the gas full throttle this year, as the Z2 comes only six months after the previous Xperia Z1 flagship was released. The company divested of its distractions, like the VAIO computer line, and said it is refocusing entirely on phones, tablets and TVs.

Display


Well, refocus it is, as the Z2 ups the ante with a 5.2" 1080p Triluminos display, with a new imaging technology, dubbed Live Colour LED. The weakest spot of the Z1 flagship was its 5" display panel, whose viewing angles were far from the flagship level, and Sony has apparently been on the rush to remedy the situation, releasing the Z2.

Processor


Sony Xperia Z2 is here! 5.2" display, 4K video, stereo speakers, and 3 GB of RAM
The screen is not the only improvement over its predecessor, though - the Xperia Z2 comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with LTE support, and the whopping 3 GB of RAM. The list goes on with a 20.7 MP camera on the back, capable of 4K video recording,  making the Z2 "the world’s best camcorder in a waterproof smartphone". Add to these a large, 3200 mAh battery, packed in a slim, 8.2mm package, and Sony really delivers this season, as its Z2 will be one of the best flagships money can buy when it is released in March.

Stereo speakers


Hungry for more? Sony didn't stop with only specs upgrades from the Z1, but actually put new features in the Z2, adding stereo speakers to the phone, just as rumored. Their combination with the amplifier Sony dubbed S-Force Front Surround sound. Not only that, but the Z2 also offers digital noise-cancelling technology, when paired with Sony's MDR NC31EM Noise Cancelling Headset, reducing up to 98% of ambient fluff around you.

Camera


Sony Xperia Z2 is here! 5.2" display, 4K video, stereo speakers, and 3 GB of RAM
Despite that on the Z2 we have the same 20.7 MP 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 1.1 micron pixels, and Sony G Lens cover, like on the Z1, Sony has leveraged the faster processor and more RAM for extra camera functions. We already mentioned the ability to shoot 4K footage, but Sony now adds its Timeshift option for video, not only for stills. You can shoot 120fps footage, and select where the footage should turn into slow-motion one. Add to these the real-time effects you can apply during shootin, like colouring, image trails, mirror and motion effects, as well as the AR effect you can choose before you press the camera key, and the video aspect all of a sudden becomes dramatically upgraded from the Z1. You are now able to create short and sweet Vine video clips directly from the camera interface, too, and underwater at that, if the situation calls for it. 

The still shots are also getting new options, such as Background defocus. This new camera option will captures two photos at different focus settings, and blends together the different depths, leading to a blurred out background for more artsy photos.

Release date


Sony says that its new Xperia Z2 flagship will be available globally as soon as next month, so no more waiting is in order between the announcement, and the actual release. To recap - in comparison with the Z1, the Z2 is thinner, with a larger 5.2" display, faster processor, more RAM, larger battery, stereo speakers, and runs on the newest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Any takers ?

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:51 10

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3348; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


YESYESYES AWESOME! All the small flaws have been fixed! Good job!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:06 7

13. maherk (Posts: 1229; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


What part is it awesome? Can you please tell us? Sony has introduced its flagship phone 3 times in 13 months, and phonearena had the gutts to write a FULL article of how the S4 lost 1/3 of its price in 10!! And no, am not talking about how Sony's creativity stopped when they introduced the Z, identical design and identical UI with no change what so ever.

posted on 27 Feb 2014, 09:39

60. dc123 (Posts: 19; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


let's not forget that apple, samsung, and nokia keeps the same design with the same UI and they still manage to be on top. i just wish that they would have slimmed down those bezels like on the LG G2

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:16 8

20. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


This really is a refined z1. Not a game changer

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:10 2

44. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


That's because Z1 is still a great flagship and Z2 tried to improve the shortcomings of Z1 and now this is a flawless phone.
I don't know what more can you ask for?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:07

53. mail2eswar (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


Thats true. I don't have anything to complain about the specs of Z2. I don't think we would need any better specs-wise.
Only thing I would expect to improve is a 2mm cut in the top and bottom bazels and if possible another 1mm in total of side bazels.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:32 3

55. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2732; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I find it so funny that people can call a phone that they've never touched flawless. When you've used it for a weeks, then your opinion will matter.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 07:38

59. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Refined in this case means "perfected"

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:16 6

21. maherk (Posts: 1229; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And I forgot to mention another thing, last time I checked, Sony blind sheeps claimed that the Z is such a perfect handset that it will end the Galaxy S dominance, and it didn't. Then the Z1 came and we heard the same song again, and yet again it failed miserably, and now we will hear it again. And the funny part, you guys don't admit these "flaws" until Sony promises that they fixed them this time.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:39 7

36. aditya.k (Posts: 482; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Butthurt! Its okay Sammy boy. You have a good time with your Samsung phone. Let others live by themselves.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:18 1

22. ScottSchneider (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Yeah... They also took away the Front camera to fix an unknown flaw,.,.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:17

56. Ashoaib (Posts: 2436; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I hope this time sony has fixed its display... I didnt like the display of Z and Z1... both were visibly inferior then any other flagship...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:53 5

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Uh...why I'm not amazed by this at all? I thought I will be amazed by this, but why I'm like "DUH...nothing special" right now?

The specs are amazing I must say, but the design looks...the same?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:59 12

9. lee480 (Posts: 178; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


Like how the galaxy S4 look like the S5, or the HTC One liking the HTC One Two?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:06 1

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Does this mean that flagships from manufacturers this year aren't wow at all? I don't know. :P

But anyways, I think my "'wow" mood isn't here yet, so I think that's why I'm not amazed by this right now. Come on, where's my "wow" mood lol? xD

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:15 1

19. ScottSchneider (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


It will reach you when the G3 and the S5 are announced... Probably also when announcing the All New One. o.0

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:21 3

25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Everything taken into consideration, it really isn't impressive. Stuffing a battery that huge into such a thin profile is great, even though it still has those bezels, but not enough to justify what is otherwise a minor upgrade from the Z1. It looks practically identical, has the same camera with a few new tricks, minor GPU and CPU upgrade (as if you would notice a speed difference if it were significant), and some more RAM, which is negligible with KitKat.

I really hope this isn't the standard for an upgrade in 2014. If it is, we're all going to be very disappointed this year.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:54

3. LiyanaBG (Posts: 378; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


very nice phone Sony

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:57 2

4. jexxx (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


This should be the xperia z1s not the Z2. Incremental update just like the galaxy s3 -> s4.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:04

42. hung2900 (Posts: 822; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


What? Are you kidding me? Z1 and Z2 are virtually the same in paper spec: higher clock of the same SoC, the same camera, screen is still FHD, and design 97% fhe same.
While alot of differences btw S4 and S3

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:24

50. rgxVOiD (Posts: 435; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


Its in the software and a lot of people have known that for a while since leaked

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:57

5. eq5555 (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


Why Z2? And what then announce in May? Need oled and ois

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:58

6. mercorp (Posts: 985; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Wonder how it will stand up against s5 and m8.
Still I want one.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:58 4

7. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Damn Sony is Committed to emerge as Top 5 Smartphone Vendor by 2014!!!

This crushes S5!!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:25 3

29. maccess (Posts: 633; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


In your beautifull dream..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:59

8. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


i will wait a bit more to see what the S5 is packing !! if Sammy does not impress me no more then Sony here icome !!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:01 2

10. mega20913 (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


No front facing camera tho?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:01 2

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


3,200 mAh battery in an 8.2mm body? That's impressive.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:00 1

51. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2732; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I don't really think so. You have to take into consideration that this a 5.2" phone. A 5.2" phone that will be larger than most other 5.2" phones. Even though it's rather thin, there's still more space in the phone than in others, so while that battery may be thin it's spread out over more space.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:55

57. andro. (Posts: 1972; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Agreed,the body may be thin but theres a huge lot of bezel,the battery has been squashed out flat along the frame,like bread dough under a roller pin!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:23

58. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yeah, those top and bottom bezels are ridiculous. Though, I think with the thinness it would have about the same volume as other 5.2" phones. If you do the math, the Z2 only has .02 more cubic inches of space than the LG G2, which probably grants the larger battery.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:06 2

12. pyradark (Posts: 784; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Stereo on a water proof phone, plus slim down to 8.2mm despite the huge sensor, and a new CPU and screen. I'm really amazed.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:07 1

15. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Everything is perfect I think.
Sony's on the right track.
But where is ZL2?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:08 6

16. jexxx (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


How is this impressive? It's just a incremental update from the z1. Even then, it's hard to tell the Z1 / Z1S and the Z2 apart. Nothing impressive, it's just what everybody expects from a 2014 flagship.

If samsung pulls something like this, samsung will get bashed non stop by you haters.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:09 2

18. jexxx (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


i'm not saying it's a bad phone, it's just... not impressive.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:19 2

23. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


It seems you're new here.
No problem, you will learn about technology soon.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:34 3

33. jexxx (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


At least i'm not as shallow as you to be impressed that easily. I mean, come on, those specs are expected from a 2014 flagship phone. There is nothing new nor interesting about the Z2.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:50 2

39. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Please explain what is your dream phone of 2014?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:21 1

26. HouTexan (Posts: 316; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


True.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:08 1

17. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


It sounds better than expected. Waiting for the hands on & review!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:20

24. eq5555 (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


Add the news is that they refused skin and the fact that improved color gamut to 130% of the standard RGB, due to phosphorus

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:21 1

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


Size is too big imo.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:24

28. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3620; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


So called s force really PA, its the hardware amplifier.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:26

30. istitch (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


how about smart features? double tap to wake up the phone? shake to cancel calls?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30

31. Satnamreg (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


It's no doubt better than the Z1, but not worth upgrading. Will wait for the Z3 in the Q4 :)
Hope they will make it smaller with the same 5,2 inch display.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30

32. Federated (Posts: 252; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


This is a great and outstanding phone no doubt about that. But this is just a refreshed and refined Z1 in my opinion. I will be waiting for the next Sony Xperia flagship with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805. I am currently enjoying my Z1s. I have zero complaints about this phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:35

34. livyatan (Posts: 753; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Everything sounds perfect here..except for those bezels.
And yes, the design is the same..SO?
You seen Lumias and iPhones?
All in all, this phone has a one minor flaw and I consider that amazing

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:39

35. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


It's thinner, shorter and lighter than Z1, despite having larger screen with larger battery as well as stereo speakers. That's quite an achievement.

However, some ppl says this one lacks front facing camera. Is that True????

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:44

37. Federated (Posts: 252; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


To be honest, I think this phone is perfect. No flaw in my book. 5.2 is my ideal size of the screen and Sony improved the viewing angle dramatically. The bezels are smaller. I have no problem with big bezels anyway. Improved the battery capacity and RAM. Thinner and yet they were able to squeeze more juice inside. And this time it has stereo speakers. I mean, this is absolutely flawless. If this has a SD 805 I will buy it in a heartbeat. I'm patiently waiting for the next flagship in the Fall. Sony Xperia Z3. ;) I love my Z1s.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:03

52. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2732; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'll never understand how someone can say that a phone they've never touched has no flaws. Use the phone for a few weeks & then your opinion will matter.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:48

38. anleoflippy (Posts: 320; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Time to put my Tablet Z up for sale.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:51

40. Einstein333 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 May 2012)


And it's a brick again. The bezels are way too large. No option for me

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:54 1

41. GeekMovement (Posts: 1521; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Kind of off topic, but I wish I could open my eyes underwater so that I can take pictures ): lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:10

43. mokhtar (Posts: 273; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


screen is so so so incredible , camera im sure it will be phenomenal , design is slim and awsome , 3 GM ram , 2 speakers wooow , this phone is just perfect , BUT , wait a minute
No OIS ? why ? no double led flash or xenon ? , come on
any way i will upgrade to this phone for suuuuuuuuuuuuure

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:12

45. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Lots of other websites are claiming that SOny has finally delivered an Outstanding Display with its lated Live Color LED technology. Even their hands-on videos tend to prove their statements.

I can only hope for this to be true since the biggest diappointment in Sony flagships is their washed out displays.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:31

46. noteseries (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


its just the same Z....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:52

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


nothing great. still has bezels. I want a phone without bezels or body. should be a screen all around. and this still looks like a rectangle. why couldnt they have made it a circle instead? i would have surely bought it then.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:09

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


Sony changed the game the minute they made phones..... they don't have to One up anyone. The fact that they make these phones so damn gorgeous is the ONE UP. Waterproof, beautiful build, beautiful OS. I mean really samsung doesn't have much on Sony or HTC just a blind fanbase. Sony, the first company to actually fix problems in their phones! Haha oh man people are funny with the nothing new crap

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:17 2

49. mas39 (Posts: 63; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


What are people after ? 16 cores with core i7 cpu and gtx 870 Ti, some people amaze me, this is a wonderful phone, Samsung are only leaders because they sell more, does not mean they have the best phones. I have never rated Samsung phones, my brothers have the S4 and it looks awful, just couldn't imagine buying one.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:27

54. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2011; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


How much memory does it have built in, and will it support the new 128GB sd cards?

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