Sony have officially announced their flagship smartphone for 2014, the Xperia Z2 and it lends a lot more than its name from its predecessor, the design of the Z2 is more or less identical to 2013’s Z1. The newly announced Z2 occupies exactly the same foot print of the Z1 although Sony have increased the screen size to 5.2 inches up from 5 inches on the Z1.
“With Xperia Z2 we have taken our premium Z series to the next level, delivering unique experiences that only Sony can offer,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “We have redefined the smartphone once again 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.”
Most of the Z2’s upgrades come from within, with Sony massively improving on the display, the Z2 has an IPS display, Sony is calling the technology “Live Color LEDs” which they claim givest the Z2’s display the widest colour range on the market and also some of the best viewing angles, beating that of even the Apple iPad and iPhone. Various hands on videos suggest that the Z2’s screen is a huge improvement on 2013’s Z1 and the extra 2 inches of screen crammed into the same size body doesn’t affect the resolution with it staying the same at 1920 x 1080, which is quite a surprising move by Sony when Samsung and others are expected to announce much higher resolutions in their new flagships.
Sony have improved all aspects of the technology found inside the Z2, with processing power, battery performance and RAM all being improved upon, inside the Z2 keeping it ticking is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPU helped a long by an impressive 3GB of RAM, all of that power can be very draining so Sony have included a very high capacity 3200 mAh battery. The Z2 also features compatibility with LTE networks.
Of course, the Z2 features the staple of recent Sony smartphones and that’s its IP58-certified waterproofing, which means the device can continue shooting video while submerged in under a metre of water.
Speaking of capturing video, this is another area Sony have massively improved upon, the flagship device can now shoot video in 4K, as well as shooting Ultra High-Definition video, Sony have borrowed a few features from its handy-cam line such as; SteadyShot, which promises to remove jitters from video recorded with an unsteady hand, Sony are also introducing Timshift, which allows you to shoot at 720p and then slow it down to 120fps, creating a slow motion effect similar to the one found in Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Note 3.