Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will not have built-in screen protectors

Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will not have built-in screen protectors
One of the more divisive features of the Sony Xperia Z1 was that Sony had a built-in screen protector on the device. Sony called it "anti-shatter film", and the idea was that it would keep broken glass shards from leaving the glass. Unfortunately, unlike the glass underneath, the anti-shatter film was not scratch resistant; and, it had the extra downside of removing the feel of glass and replaced it with the feel of plastic.

But, there is good news for those of you who are interested in purchasing the newly announced Sony Xperia Z2 or the Xperia Z2 Tablet: Sony has confirmed that neither device would use the anti-shatter film. Instead, you'll get the feel of the real materials of the device, and it should help quite a bit with the visual quality of the display. Over time, the anti-shatter film would often gather scratches and smudges, but the glass will be tougher, and easier to clean. 

Of course, the anti-shatter film could be removed from the Z1, but that wasn't really the best solution to the problem. We're certainly glad to see that Sony has listened to users and changed this. 

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Display 10.1" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh



1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

The side view of xperia z2 live pics gave me a bit idea that these films no longer exists

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2300; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Great, and when the film is scratched to buggery, then what? Cant replace it, and if anything like the Sony Z, it was a b1tch to remove and took the Sony logo with it.... :/ Fail My wife's Xperia Active had this "film" and it was rubbish too BTW

21. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well I understand everyone's whining over this... but I was aware of this film before I bought my Xperia, that is why I got an additional screen protector for it (which btw needs replacement now) and the phone is still in great conditions... The ASF also holds the screen really tight so it helps to prevent cracking... and when cracking occurs, the cracks are either very small or at least held together so it remains functional. To me this was a feature and it is a reason to get the Z1 Compact instead the following if it does not have it

2. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Sony fixed all complaints for Xperia Z1.

4. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

And it kills the competition too....The Z2 is miles ahead the GS5 and G2

6. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

im not sure what samsung was thinking when announcing the S5

10. jamsatu

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

I do agree that this device is the ultimate smartphone on MWC 2014. If they also announce the Z2 Compact but still able to maintain the thinness, then I've totally sold

3. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013


5. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Yeah Sony you are doing it right

7. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Finally! It was always the deal breaker for me. It's just a huge shame that the new compact still has them!

8. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

will be fixed at Z2 Compact

9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Don't worry whiners, you'll find more things to complain about once the actual device gets released.

11. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

It's good that Sony is listening to their customers.

12. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Sony went thru alot achieving the Z series,and finally made the best display by using IPS On the latest Z2 Smartphone.keep it up Sony.

13. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

sony always listen to costumers :)

15. melcruz66

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Sony is doing Good listening to their customers. I believe they will increase their Sales this year (smartphone).

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

That's totally fine by me.

17. bigdgt

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

The Xperia Z2 is awesome! They did almost everything right. The only thing that would make this perfect would be to add an IR blaster. That is the only thing keeping me from getting this phone the day it comes out. Because i love my S4's blaster.

18. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nice work Sony. Listening to customers. I will buy this phone :)

19. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Great! Finally! ;)

20. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

so now the glass can shatter? is there any phone that would not shatter?

22. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

how about a reply to this?

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