Itâ€™s no secret that Sonyâ€™s flagship devices have struggled to grab large chunks of the market pie, but they seem to be moving forward at a steady pace. This might be the reason for releasing a new flagship device every 6 months in the last year. Thatâ€™s right; the Xperia Z2 has already been released â€“ only months after the Xperia Z1 was released in September.
It definitely borrows a lot from its predecessor in terms of looks and features, but the company promises that it has breathed some extra life into the flagship.
The Xperia Z2 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display once again encased in its aluminium and glass casing. Inside you will find the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, which is a quad-core clocked at 2.3GHz. It is supported by a tantalising 3GB of RAM. It also has the same 20.7MP camera found in the Z1, but the software has reportedly been overhauled for better image quality and also includes a larger sensor for low light shots. It is once again water- and dustproof.
The question that has been on our lips since hearing rumours about the device? What have they done with the screen? As you saw in our review, the screen had some of the worst viewing angles we have seen on a flagship. From first hands-on impression at MWC 2014, we can tell you that the new Triluminos IPS display is much, much better.
They have also shrunk the bezels, meaning that the phone is basically the same size as the predecessor, even though the screen is a bit bigger. The camera can capture 4K video like its competitors, even underwater.
What do you think about the device? Would you consider buying it? Let us know in the comments after the official press release:
Sony Mobile Communications (â€œSony Mobileâ€) today introduces Xperiaâ„¢ Z2, Sonyâ€™s best ever premium waterproof smartphone combining its best display, sound, camera and camcorder experience as well as an exclusive entertainment offer and a growing ecosystem of companion products.Â Xperia Z2 is the newest addition to Sonyâ€™s premium Z series and will launch inÂ South Africa in the second quarter of 2014.
â€œWith Xperia Z2 we have taken our premium Z series to the next level, delivering unique experiences that only Sony can offer,â€ said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. â€œWe have redefined the smartphone once againÂ through our camera. Xperia Z2 offers an innovative experience that captures memories in stunning detail through 4K video shooting, or offers new ways to use the camera with our unique Xperia camera apps. Furthermore, the Best of Sony has been delivered in the sound quality and customers are now able to listen to their music even in noisy environments without interruptions thanks to our acclaimed digital noise cancelling technology.â€
Â The worldâ€™s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone1
Capture and relive every detail with Xperia Z2â€™s camera and camcorder. Xperia Z2 features Sonyâ€™s proven camera technologies to deliver the unbeatable combination of theÂ worldâ€™s best mobile camera and our most advanced camcorder ever in and 8.2 mm slim smartphone. The 20.7 megapixel camera is matched with 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor, Sonyâ€™s award-winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZâ„¢ for mobile image processing engine resulting in superb photo and video quality.
These features work together to bring you sharp, vivid and beautiful photos and videos no matter what the circumstances. With new enhanced video mode, you can now capture memories in stunning detail in 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels/30p) at four times the detail of Full HD, delivering the worldâ€™s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone1. Plus, SteadyShotâ„¢ image stabilisation technology ensures your footage will stay smooth even if you are walking. The new Movie Creator allows you to trim and crop your videos so that you can easily pick out what you want to share. Insert dramatic slowdown effects at one or more places on the timeline of the video, then preview the results before you save and share your video.
The best video deserves the best sound. The compact and innovativeÂ STM10 Stereo MicrophoneÂ offers high quality stereo audio recording. Compact and easy to carry, itâ€™s the perfect match for Xperia Z2â€™s 4K video recording.
The smartest smartphone around with a growing ecosystem of Xperia camera apps
Enhance your mobile experience with a growing range of innovative Xperia camera apps. In addition to Info-eyeâ„¢, Social live and Timeshift burst, Xperia Z2 also comes pre-loaded with new Xperia camera apps for both photo and video.
- Timeshift video: To relive every moment of the action in slow motion detail, the new Timeshift video mode lets you shoot in 120 frames per second and select scenes to slow the playback speed for dramatic slow motion effects exactly where you want, even underwater.
- Creative effect: Use a range of new creative effects for your photos and videos. Available in real-time for video, these adjustments enhance your clips with a range of effects such as colours, image trails, mirror and motion effects.
- Background defocus: This new camera app simulates a shallow depth of field. Capture two photos at different focus settings and blend together the different depths, leading to a blurred out background for more professional looking photos.
- AR effect: Now available for video recording, have some fun with your photos and videos with new augmented reality animations, including sound effects for video.
- Vine4: Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see â€“ all from your cameraâ€™s viewfinder. Plus, using the dedicated camera button, you can capture Vine videos underwater as well.
In addition to these fun and useful pre-loaded Xperia camera applications, thereâ€™s a whole range of extra apps for you to enjoy including Wikitude Places, Evernote, VI Sports and more.Â Simply go into your camera viewfinder, tap the camera mode icon and then click on â€˜+Appsâ€™ to see all the latest apps available on Sony Select to enhance your smartphone experience.Â
Our best design with our highest level of waterproofing
The Xperia Z2 Android smartphone is designed with the user in mind, drawing on Sonyâ€™s expertise in premium craftsmanship. Evolving Sonyâ€™s stunning OmniBalance design, Xperia Z2 has a slimmer and more comfortable feel by having the glass panels encased in a single, solid aluminium frame with smoother edges. This dust-resistant and waterproof (IP55 & IP58) powerhouse blends beauty with function. The dedicated camera button means that youâ€™re ready to capture the action wherever you are â€“ both in and out of the water. Plus, the stunning 5.2â€ display, balanced with symmetry in design, provides a natural feel when held in your hand.
Bringing the viewing experience to life in bright and vivid detail
To enjoy the latest content in stunning quality and vivid colour, Xperia Z2â€™s screen is built using the latest BRAVIAÂ®Â TV technologies optimised for mobile. TheÂ 5.2â€ Full HD TRILUMINOSâ„¢ display for mobile with Live Colour LEDÂ provides the widest palate of rich natural colours for the sharpest images and a viewing experience that is as close to reality as possible.
Natural colours true to life can be difficult to reproduce on a display. TRILUMINOSTMÂ Display for mobile with brand new Live Colour LED uses red & green phosphor with blue LEDsÂ and customised colour filters to produce a brighter and more uniform light. The result is richer colours on the screen for all of your smartphone viewing without the risk of saturation.
Sonyâ€™s intelligent super resolution technology, X-Reality for mobile, analyses each image to optimise colours, sharpness and contrast while also reducing noise. The super resolution function reproduces lacking pixels for spectacular clarity and detail.
Entertainment without interruption
To enjoy with the best display and a wide range of entertainment, Xperia Z2 also offers amazing sound quality with stereo speaker output and Sonyâ€™s digital noise cancelling technology.
Whether youâ€™re on a plane or in on the bus, enjoy music on the go without the interruption of background noise. Our digital noise cancelling technology and dynamic sound in Xperia Z2 helps reduce up to 98% of ambient noise, when used with the compact in-earÂ MDR NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling Headset. Or, immerse yourself in entertainment with S-Force Front Surroundâ„¢ to enjoy the latest movies, gaming and music on your Xperia Z2.
Music, movies and more – out of the box and at your fingertips
With Xperia Z2, you also get a range of entertainment right from the moment you turn your smartphone on. Xperia Z2 owners will have access to an exclusive content offer that includes six blockbuster movies from Sony Pictures, including Captain Phillips, through the Xperiaâ„¢Â Privilege application.
This exclusive out of the box content offer is available on Xperia Z2 through Sonyâ€™s range of integrated entertainment apps with a new and intuitive user interface:
- â€œWhatâ€™s Newâ€ app helps you discover new and recommended movies, music, games and apps for enjoyment on your Xperia Z2 â€“ all accessible from an informative and interactive widget on the home screen.
- The â€œWALKMANÂ®â€ and Movies applications provide seamless access to both online and offline entertainment with these integratedmedia applications.
- PlayStationÂ®Â App gives you the chance to enjoy an enhanced gaming experience â€“ keeping you connected to your gaming friends and the games you love to play.Â
Enjoy ultra-fast performance with a battery you can rely on
Xperia Z2 is armed with the power to multi-task and enjoy everything from super-fast web surfing to video streaming without the wait. With the fully integrated QualcommÂ®Â Snapdragonâ„¢ 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs and 4G LTE, Xperia Z2 offers ultra-fast performance for the apps and entertainment you want to enjoy, without the interruptions. The Snapdragon 801 also features the Adrenoâ„¢ 330 GPU for rich graphics and gaming and a dual ISP for a seamless camera, camcorder and display experience.
Xperia Z2 also includes a large 3200 mAh battery which provides outstanding, class-leading battery performance. Plus, with Sonyâ€™s Battery STAMINA Mode, you can stay connected even longer, as it automatically turns off the functions you donâ€™t need to save power when your display is inactive. As soon as you press the power button to wake up your screen, everything is up and running again.
Unrivalled ecosystem of companion products and smart accessories, including SmartWear
Sony offers the most comprehensive range of innovative companion products and accessories to give you new ways to use and enjoy your smartphone. With 154 NFC enabled one-touch connected products – including TVs, headphones, audio speakers, tablets, and more â€“ it has never been easier to connect and enjoy your content across multiple devices.
TheÂ SmartBand SWR10Â works with Xperia Z2 to log your life in partnership with the Lifelog application, creating an automatic 24/7 diary of your activities, entertainment and memories. Plus, with SmartBand youâ€™ll never need to worry about losing your phone or missing a call with a series of customisable smart notifications delivered straight to your wrist.
The Xperia Z2 will launch in South Africa in the second quarter of 2014.
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