Sony Xperia Z2

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Sony Xperia Z2
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Sony Xperia Z2
Codename Sirius
Brand Sony
Manufacturer Sony Mobile Communications
Slogan Details make the difference
Series Sony Xperia
Model D6502, D6503, D6543, SO-03F
Compatible networks

D6502: UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV),1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz.

D6503: UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV),1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20).

D6543: UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8).
First released 24 March 2014; 5 months ago (2014-03-24)
Availability by country

24 March 2014; 5 months ago (2014-03-24) (Taiwan)

5 April 2014; 4 months ago (2014-04-05) (Singapore)

1 May 2014; 4 months ago (2014-05-01)
(United Kingdom)

5 May 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-05) (Canada)

12 May 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-12) (India)

17 May 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-17)
(Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia)

19 May 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-19) (New Zealand)

21 May 2014; 3 months ago (2014-05-21) (Japan, SO-03F variant exclusively for NTT DoCoMo)

August 2014 (United States)
Predecessor Sony Xperia Z1
Successor TBA (2014)
Related Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Type Touchscreen smartphone
Form factor Slate, Omni-Balance
Dimensions 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
Weight 163 g
Operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AB 801
CPU 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait (2.3 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB Quad Core)
GPU Adreno 330
Memory 3 GB RAM
Storage 16 GB (32 GB for SO-03F variant)
Removable storage Up to 128 GB microSDXC
Battery non-user removable Li-ion 3200 mAh
Data inputs Multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen, proximity sensor
Display 5.2 in (130 mm) diagonal IPS LCD
Full HD 1920x1080 px
TRILUMINOS™ Display with Live Color LED
X-Reality Engine for Mobile
Rear camera

20.7 MP back-side illuminated sensor with pulsed LED flash

4K (2160p) video recording @ 30  frames/s; 1080p video recording @ 60 frames/s; 720p video recording @ 120 frames/s
Front camera 2.2 MP (1080p video recording)
Connectivity Wi-Fi
DLNA
GPS/GLONASS[1]
NFC
Bluetooth 4.0
MHL 3.0
USB 2.0 (Micro-B port, USB charging)
USB OTG
3.50 mm (0.138 in) headphone jack, 5 pole
Other Available in black, purple and white
IP55 / IP58 (Dust protected, Water jet protected & Waterproof)
Digital Noise cancellation
Sony Exmor R for Mobile
Sony Exmor RS for Mobile
Sony G Lens
1/2.3 Aperture sensor
Sony BIONZ image processor
SteadyShot
Smile shutter
SensMe
TrackID
Sony Entertainment Network
PlayStation Mobile
Wi-Fi Miracast
Sony Sketch
Magnetic charge port

The Sony Xperia Z2 is a high-end Android smartphone manufactured by Sony and released in April 2014. Under the codename "Sirius", Xperia Z2 serves as the successor to the Sony Xperia Z1. Like its predecessor, the Xperia Z2 is water and dust proof with an IP rating of IP55 and IP58. The phone features a new display, a Snapdragon 801 processor and the ability to record 4K videos.[2] The Xperia Z2 also allows removable microSD storage.

It was unveiled alongside the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and the Sony Xperia M2 during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 24, 2014,[3][4] and was first released in Taiwan on March 24, 2014,[5] in Singapore on April 5, 2014,[6] and entered more markets in May 2014. In the United States, the Xperia Z2 will be released in August 2014.[7]

Many reviewers praised the phone's screen, camera and waterproof design, but criticized its size and some camera software issues.

Design[edit]

Similar to the devices under the Sony Xperia Z series, the Xperia Z2 has an "Omni-Balance", according to Sony, which is focused on creating balance and symmetry in all directions. The phone comes with the same aluminium frame as its predecessor. It also features tempered glass on the front and back with an aluminium power button placed on the right side of the device.[8]

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The Sony Xperia Z2 features a 5.2 inch BRAVIA IPS LCD Triluminos display with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels (Full HD) with a pixel density of 424 ppi.[9] Additionally, display features such as Live Color LED technology reproduces richer colours and more uniform backlighting as compared to the Sony Xperia Z1.[10] It has a large 1/2.3" 20.7 megapixel camera with Sony's in-house G lens with Sony BIONZ for mobile image processor and Exmor RS for mobile image sensor. The camera is capable of HDR and 4K video recording. It also supports 4K video output via MHL 3.0.[11] It also features a front facing camera of 2.2 megapixels. The phone is available in three different colors, black, purple and white.[12]

On the inside, the Xperia Z2 features a slightly tweaked Snapdragon 800 processor (known as Snapdragon 801) clocked at 2.3 GHz sealed with a high capacity 3200mAh battery, 3GB of RAM with 16GB (11.57GB user accessible, as shown on the device) internal storage and has microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC support up to 128GB (note that SD card cannot be used for app storage). The Xperia Z2 is lighter and also thinner than its predecessor weighing at 163g and measuring 146.8mm by 73.3mm by 8.2mm. For connectivity, the phone supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and FM radio.[13] The ability to connect an external USB device is a feature otherwise known as USB OTG which the Xperia Z2 also supports.[14] Digital noise cancellation technology is also built into the phone which works by using the headsets included with the phone.[8]

Software[edit]

The Xperia Z2 runs the Android 4.4.2 "KitKat" operating system with Sony's custom launcher with some notable applications additions, such as Sony's media applications (Walkman, Album and Videos). With NFC on the Xperia Z2, it allows 'screen mirroring' to mirror what is on the smartphone screen to compatible TVs or play music on a NFC wireless speaker. Additionally, the device also includes Sony's battery stamina mode, which extends the phone's standby up to 4 times. Several Google applications (such as Google Chrome, Google Play, Google Search and Voice, Google Maps and Google Talk) are also preloaded onto the phone. New features added to the software includes 'Smart Backlight' - which keeps the phone display on for as long as the user is looking at it and 'Glove Mode'.[10]

Marketing[edit]

In June 2014, the Xperia Z2 was announced as the "official smartphone" of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[15] In Sweden, customers who purchased the phone also received one of Sony's wearable devices, the Sony SmartBand SWR10.[16]

Reception[edit]

Like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia Z2 received mostly positive reviews. CNET's reviewer Andrew Hoyle gave the phone a 4.5 stars out of 5, praising its screen, camera and waterproof design.[17] Vlad Savov from The Verge heaped praise on the Xperia Z2's battery life, and the well-built and waterproof design, while criticizing the phone's camera software and its size.[18] John McCann of TechRadar applauded the camera's features, as well as its stylish screen and the battery life, while devoting his criticism towards the phone for being slow at some times, the large bezel design and 4K recording problems.[19]

Successor[edit]

In an interview with Japanese tech website "Watch Impress", Sony Mobile's creative director Kurozumi Yoshiro revealed that the Xperia Z2 will be the company's flagship device for only six months, and according to Yoshiro: "in order to maintain the flagship status of its product, Sony must upgrade it at a faster clip in order to compete with the latest and greatest from other manufacturers." Yoshiro stated that "Sony doesn't want to rely on a single design" meaning the successor to the Xperia Z2 might not feature the same "Omni-Balance" design.[20][21][22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony’s best ever premium smartphone has arrived". Sony. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Alleged Xperia Z2 camera features further detailed in leaks". Yahoo News. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sony Xperia Z2 to offer 15.5-megapixel manual mode, 1080p recording at 60fps: Report". NDTV Gadgets. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Something extraordinary is coming from Sony...". Sony Xperia. YouTube. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Xperia Z2 goes on sale in Taiwan". Xperia Blog. March 24, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sony Xperia Z2 now available in Singapore". CNET. April 6, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Maina, Antony (June 23, 2014). "Sony Xperia Z2 US Release Date set for mid-August". Biz News. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Sony Xperia Z2 vs Sony Xperia Z1: What's the difference?". Pocket Lint. 24 February 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sony's Xperia Z2 Phablet Boasts a Gorgeous 5.2-inch Bravia Display". Techmunchie. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Sony Xperia Z2 preview". Stuff Tv. February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on review". PC Advisor. February 25, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "The world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone*". Sony. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sony Xperia Z2". Phone Arena. February 25, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sony Xperia Z2 Price in Malaysia & Specs". TechNave. February 25, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ Kee, Edwin (June 10, 2014). "Sony Xperia Z2 Is Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Phone". Ubergizmo. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Köp Sony Xperia Z2, få smart band på köpet!". Mobilect (in Swedish). April 29, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ Hoyle, Andrew (April 14, 2014). "Sleek luxury meets lightning performance". CNET. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ Savov, Vlad (April 21, 2014). "Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet review: One Sony, two devices". The Verge. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ McCann, John (May 1, 2014). "The jack of all trades flagship smartphone". TechRadar. Retrieved July 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ "「Xperia Z2は難しかった」、ソニーモバイル黒住氏が語るその狙い" (in Japanese). ケータイ Watch (Watch Impress). February 26, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Sony hints at Xperia Z2 successor for second half of 2014". Digital Trends. February 28, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sony Xperia Z2 will only be the flagship for six months more". 27 February 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Sony Xperia Z3: Xperia Z2 Successor Coming in Second Half of 2014". March 1, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Sony Xperia Z1
Sony Xperia Z2
2014
Succeeded by
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