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

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


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


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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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)

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60 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

13. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

60. dc123

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 11, 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

20. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

This really is a refined z1. Not a game changer

44. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 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?

53. mail2eswar

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

55. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

59. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Refined in this case means "perfected"

21. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

36. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

22. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

56. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

9. lee480 unregistered

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

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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

19. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

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

25. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

3. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

very nice phone Sony

4. jexxx

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

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

42. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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

50. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

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

5. eq5555

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

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

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

7. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

Damn Sony is Committed to emerge as Top 5 Smartphone Vendor by 2014!!! This crushes S5!!!

29. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

In your beautifull dream..

8. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 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 !!!

10. mega20913

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

No front facing camera tho?

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

51. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

57. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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!

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