The Sony Xperia Z2 has been unveiled as the brand's new flagship Android smartphone at the MWC show in Barcelona. Sony claims it to have the "the world's best camera and camcorder in a waterproof Android smartphone".
Launched alongside the new Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and the mid-range Sony Xperia M2 phone, the new handset will replace the current range-topper - the Sony Xperia Z1.
Sony Xperia Z2: Size and build
Crafted from a solid piece of aluminium, the new handset sports a similar design to its predecessor - the now-familiar Xperia style. Like the Z1, it's quite a large phone for small hands, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and LG G2, though obviously not as large as the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.
The phones comes in black, white or purple.
Sony Xperia Z2: Features
As we've already mentioned, the Z2 is now totally waterproof (to IP58 standard). This is an improvement on the Z1, which was resistant to water, but not entirely waterproof.
Sony Xperia Z2: Screen
The new handset sports a 5.2-inch full HD screen, which is only very slightly larger than the Z1's 5.1-inch display. Sony has made the frame around the screen thinner so that the space is used more effectively.
Sony Xperia Z2: Camera
The Z2 has some neat additions to its camera, including a new creative effects mode, plus a background defocus mode for taking those effective shallow depth of field shots.
Sony Xperia Z2: Performance
The Z2 runs Android KitKat (4.4) and comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor on board, so it runs as smoothly as you'd imagine. We had a play with the UI and there was no noticeable lag when navigating around the onscreen menus.
Sony Xperia Z2: Verdict
The Sony Xperia Z2 looks set to be a worthy successor to the Z1. We like the improved screen and we were also particularly impressed by the boosted video capabilities. The addition of 4K video capture, while it may not be that useful at the moment, is a statement of intent and also a neat piece of futureproofing from Sony. Stay tuned for a full review.
Hands-on review by Libby Plummer
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The Sony Xperia Z2 is an interesting proposition, firstly it’s the sequel to the Sony Xperia Z1, which was first launched less than a year ago which begs the question, is it worth the update? Secondly, it arrives amidst a wave of next-gen flagship smartphones like the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. Can the Z2 hold its own against such lofty rivals?
Sony Xperia Z2: Size and build
We’re going to get this out of the way first - the Z2 feels big, which is odd, because on paper it’s actually a leaner machine than the original Z1.
The square body is still present and that’s fine by us - Sony has nailed that design language although it does come with a few unique problems.
The Z2 doesn’t feel natural to hold with one hand – this is despite it being thinner than the HTC One M8 at 8.2mm.
A lot of this is down to the square design which feels inherently more suited to two-handed use forcing us to use the Z2 in this way for most of the time we spent with it.
The build quality is Sony’s standard level of exemplary, the Z2 feels sturdy, well-built and completely reliable. We’re still not entirely sure that covering a phone in glass is going to be the best in the long-term but it certainly looks good.
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