Sony Xperia Z2 specs review
Processor and memory
Snapdragon 801 chipset with LTE support, paired with the whopping 3 GB of RAM. This processor is just a step below Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 805, which won't be in devices before the summer, which ensures that the Xperia Z2 won't seem underpowered until the next "refresh" cycle.
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. Together with the amplifier, they form the so-called S-Force Front Surround sound feature on the phone. 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.
Sony managed to sneak a large, 3200 mAh battery, in the slim 8.2mm chassis of the Z2. This capacity is more akin to a phablet, and Sony promises "outstanding, class-leading battery performance". Granted, we had a 3000 mAh unit in the Z1, which is not much smaller, yet screen-on times were unimpressive. The 5.2" display on the Z2 seems to be of a higher caliber, though, than the TN LCD unit of the Z1, which hopefully translates to better power efficiency, hence the promised good battery life. Sony cites 6-7 hours of HD video watching on a charge, however, so apparently the Z2 won't break any battery endurance records, as this is just an average screen-on duration for an Android flagship
Sony says that its new Xperia Z2 will be available globally as soon as March, so no more long waiting is in order between the announcement, and the actual release. So, to sum it up, the Z2 is thinner than the Z1, with a larger, better display, faster processor, more RAM, larger battery, stereo speakers, and runs on the newest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. All in all, the Xperia Z2 indeed seems like a Spring 2014-worthy flagship. What do you think?
1. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Let the haters hate,
I think Sony did an outstanding job with Z2.
Waiting for hands-on review PA.
3. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Let's face it, there's nothing wow about it. Not saying it's bad but..
11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I guess I was in your camp 2 minutes ago, but being a camera fan, the Z2 sounds more promising by the minute as Sony looks to live up to it's sensor standards on the SW side, and that alone is worth more than just new specs. Which the Z2 has, 2 image signal processors for fast and furious performance, solid microphone with advanced noise filtering, and goodies to the rest of the specs such as SD801, 3GB RAM, 3200mAh battery in a thin body, promising un-Sony-like display, stereo speakers, great build and IP58 certification.
You know what? The combination and focus on the camera should make you WOW. It just made me...
14. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
What's the wow that everybody is searching for?
Unnecessary 2K display?
or maybe plastic back?!
16. mokhtar (Posts: 205; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
Just face it yourserlf .. sony put an incredible display and the best in the market be sure even s5 or g3 will not beat it , BEST camera , awsome battery life .. incredible design so much better than s5 or lg s , S-FORCE SOUND , what you want more ? alliens made phone for you ? go home you are samsung fan :D
31. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Im not a fan of the z ranges design style,the squareness just doesnt do it for me,but that aside the specs and features are top quality
6. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)
I second that. I'm yet to find a flaw on this phone.
Btw, PA should also include the software tweaks that Sony has included in this phone - DoubleTap to Wake, Smart Call, Steadyshot etc
Eagerly waiting for Samsung and HTC to release their flagship to see how Sony has fared this year.
25. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)
It's good for a change but not tooo good for an upgrade over the z1....and the most important thing is that Sony isn't pushing the boundaries with software or the os like Samsung and lg does...and ya sony has an awful update record
2. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
This looks quiet good but my emotions is still with the terrible name yet very anticipated 'HTC the all new one'
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2110; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Two dedicated ISPs & HW focus on camera, NOW WE'RE TALKING!
If naughty naughty Sony heads can make their own great sensors work like they do in Apple and other devices, this could be a winning combo, 20MP Exmor RS, advanced lens, underwater capabilities and the 2 nex-gen ISPs can make the photography Sony phones longed for, but failed to deliver on SW side.
Now gimme some samples!
7. FoneAddict (Posts: 196; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Good job from Sony, not outstanding but all mobile phone fans can see Sony are slowly but surely bringing their A-game. The successor to this Phone (Z3) will be very very interesting and could be a game changer for Sony fortunes.
Samsung needs to innovate as they appear to be stagnating ever since the launch of the S4.
8. istitch (Posts: 157; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)
i personally think that sony has done a good job, albeit not fantastic one.
I mean, what do you expect? they refine the z1 in every possible way, while some prefer gimmicks feature such as fingerprint scanner and such, which are still too early to be useful.
The high end smartphone is kinda saturated now, so it's not really surprising that OEMs can't wow us.
Though i have one comment, 6 months for a new flagship is a little too quick, maybe Sony should have some trade in programme for Z1 users..
10. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5258; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I'm currently using the Xperia Z, luckily I skipped the Z1, so it's still worth it if I upgrade to the Z2.
And It's sad that the flagships from Nokia, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and BlackBerry didn't be unveiled at MWC, but at least LG did with the G Pro 2, HTC All New One will soon be unveiled and the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be unveiled later as well. So, I'm gonna wait for the review of these four phones before making my final decision of which phone I will get this year.
12. GMS85 (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Nah, I 'll keep my Z1 and wait for HTC this time!
18. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I think you'll be more happy with your current Z1 than new HTC One.
20. mr.techdude (Posts: 542; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
@emadshiney, Explain, the z1 trailed behind 2013 phones where iPhone 5, s3, HTC one x, note 2 were good alternatives against the z1. Don't talk out of ignorance.
23. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
iP5, S3 and Note2 are better than Z1?
Maybe you don't know what Z1 is or you are in ignorance yourself.
Go study a little bit!
22. GMS85 (Posts: 156; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Well, its my money, and I'm the the one who'll decide that! Thank you!
24. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
I know you have money!
enjoy it bro...
13. iamoa (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)
this phone is just perfect. no complaints or doubts. i just wish sony had 12 months flagship cycle or bring two flagships like galaxy S (spring) and galaxy Note (fall) which people can prefer and use for 12 months atleast.
ps: now don't say galaxy s and galaxy note fall under the same category. they are both completely different flagships from a single manufacturer.
17. moroninc (Posts: 176; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Wow.. this maybe the year Sony finally outdoes itself in the Smartphone category... 2K display or not the noise cancelling and 20MP shooter features alone are enough to make we want to have this unit. Welcome back Sony!
21. zachattack (Posts: 543; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Shut the hell up, nothing new? They pretty much destroyed anything bad about the Z line with this phone. NOT TO MENTION IT'S FINALLY GOING TO BE ON A SERVICE THAT'S NOT JUST TMOBILE. This is huge! They are putting their best device on more than just tmobile, i can't wait for big red to get it. I won't be able to afford it though... but i would spend the 600 easy. Sony makes beautiful phones compared to samsung. HTC has sense 5 though which is the only UI to stand up to Sonys
26. Federated (Posts: 170; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
I I just simply cannot find one single flaw on this Z2. This is an outstanding phone. This should have at least 11/10 rating on the review. I did not expect all of these to be honest. Sony listened this time.
32. melcruz66 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
The Z2 is Awesome. Perfect. Slim. Stereo speakers. 20mp camera. And a Glass body.
33. melcruz66 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)
The Z2 is Awesome. Perfect. Slim. Stereo speakers. 20mp camera. And a Glass body.
34. anleoflippy (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
It's a good thing I kept using my ZL and skip the Z1. Time to put my ZL up for sale.
35. dbdrummer88 (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)
I see that they said global release next month. Do we know if this means all major carriers in the US? Specifically Verizon?
36. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Well, I think I just found my next smartphone!
37. jb4674 (Posts: 139; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)
I'd like to know if they're actually going to offer this thing for sale in the US as an LTE version phone...
The Z1 is still being sold officially on their website as a non-lte capable phone...
39. Federated (Posts: 170; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)
The answer is YES.
UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz
GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20)"
^^^AT&T and T-Mobile compatible out of the box.
38. Andrewtst (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
This time Sony did it all perfectly right! Awesome work.