Sony Xperia Z2 unboxing and first impressions

by: Joshua VergaraApril 2, 2014

Since the original Xperia Z, Sony has been really stepping up its game in the high-end smartphone market with some great devices released last year, including the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z1 Compact. Boasting the same fantastic build quality and similar design elements, along with some key hardware and software upgrades, comes the Sony Xperia Z2, which we first got our hands-on during this year’s Mobile World Congress.

We can’t wait to run Sony’s latest flagship through its paces, but, before we do, here’s the unboxing and our first impressions about the Sony Xperia Z2!


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Even before opening the packaging, the first thing you notice is that the box is a lot bigger than what the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z before it were packaged in, which definitely gets us excited about what other goodies, other than the smartphone, are included in the box. After opening it up, front and center is the Sony Xperia Z2 handset, along with a quick start guide. We’ve got the white version of the device for this unboxing and the upcoming in-depth review, which is really great, since we think it looks even better than the black on black version that we got to play around with during MWC 2014.

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Removing the flap, you’ll find the standard fare included, such as the AC wall charger, a microUSB cable, as well as some more documentation, including warranty information and some legal notices. What is interesting is the inclusion of some documentation for the included headphones, which right away indicates that the earphones aren’t your regular fare, but definitely leaning more towards the high-end, which is great to see. The earphones are the Sony MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling Headset that is available on Amazon for $57.99. It certainly looks like Sony isn’t holding back by offering some of its better accessories. The earphones also come with spare earbuds that come with some color, allowing you to change up the look to suit your tastes.

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Also included for the first time is a magnetic charging port dock. Granted, almost every other high-end Sony smartphone released last year also featured the magnetic charging port. But, without a dock included with those smartphones, you’d have to pick one up separately, so not many took advantage of this feature. The dock also comes with an external clip to hold the device in place, in case you use it without a case on.

First Impressions

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Getting to the handset itself, what shines through, quite literally, is the glass back of the device, which looks amazing. Turning over to the front, it’s good to see that Sony has addressed a common complaint with previous Xperia smartphones, and really reduced the bezels to the left and right of the display, and to some extent around the top and bottom of the phone.

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Despite its larger display, the Xperia Z2 is barely bigger than the Xperia Z1, and is in fact lighter and thinner than its predecessor. There isn’t much of a distance between the end of the phone and where the screen starts, and reaching across the display is quite easy while using it with one hand.

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While the overall design language remains the same, and is a design that only Sony really puts out, you get sides and corners that are a little more rounded, that definitely help with the grip. Of course, Sony design staples such as the dedicated camera shutter button and the iconic large silver power button make a return, and overall, the phone looks even sleeker than its previous iterations. Once again, all ports are covered for protection against dust and water, with the Xperia Z2 boasting the IP58 rating that has become a standard feature of Sony’s flagship lineup. What this means is you can immerse the handset in up to one meter of water for as long as 30 minutes, without affecting performance in any way. You also get superior protection against dust.

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Jumping over to the software side of things, the Xperia Z2 features Android 4.4 KitKat and an updated Timescape UI that comes with a slightly brighter user interface, and while it may be quite minimalistic, it packs plenty of new features. Additions include glove mode, adjustable white balance, double tap to wake, USB DAC support, and a built-in answering machine app, just to name a few. Additionally, you’ll find all the regular Sony apps you’d expect such as the Walkman app, PlayMemories, the Playstation app, Small Apps, and more.


Display5.2-inch IPS LCD Full HD (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi
Processor2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
Storage16 GB, expandable
Cameras20.7 MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2.2MP from camera
Battery3,200 mAh
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 Kitkat
Dimensions146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm, 163 grams
Connectivity3G/4G LTE


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Stay tuned with Android Authority as we prepare to bring you the full, in-depth review of the Sony Xperia Z2!

What are your thoughts? What are your first impressions about the Sony Xperia Z2? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Kacho_ON

    I know you guys focus on video but i appreciate the many high-res photos you took. Thanks

  • guy with guts

    I disagree with you guys that white looks better than black model. Black z2 makes you believe that bezels are thinner, while in white, bezels are highlighted. Also in black the metal chassis in middle forms a cool dual tone accent. And those XPERIA and SONY logos are more noticeable.

    • Mia

      Gotta love that purple. I’m seriously you guys, this might be the reason I choose the Z2 over the M8.

      • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

        Hi Mia.

    • Brendon Brown

      Which colour looks better is an opinion. Relax.

  • Christian

    Absolutely love this device. Great coverage guys! First! How do you get all these phones? All the other Android sites only focus on US and UK devices… Thank you!

    • Well I am not sure,but according to my opinion
      If you see the packaged box,you will see that there is something written in japanese or chinese or korean(to me they all look the same),So they must have bought one in the eastern countries and just transported them here.

      • Z2, my next phone

        it’s in chinese, my guess is, they got it from taiwan, because so far, only the retailers in taiwan include both the NC headphones and charging dock for the phone

        • harrold

          so thats why the box is much longer that mine…

      • Victor Tseng

        3/24 on sale in Taiwan,and that’s Traditional Chinese

  • nik

    I’ll be getting this phone iI think Sony make good products really balanced and I think they deserve some support.

  • disio

    It’s a great device! I can change my Note 2 with this since the size is almost the same :-)

  • Jonathan TAM

    I have both the Sony xperia Z and Z1. I have to admit the box for the Z looks better because it is smaller and looks way more elegant and cute. Furthermore, the build quality of the xperia Z is considerably batter.

  • Wenbin Li

    Where do you buy the Sony Xperia Z2?

  • el_sur

    Where did you order this from? And what carrier bands would it work on for LTE?

  • TynanDeRosa

    Why are you so amazed by the earbuds? It was one of the major things they pushed at MWC….

  • Mystery Man

    drop test?

  • clf89

    One question since I can’t find information about it, this phone have optical image stabilization ??

  • Ash

    Hi, does the UK Xperia Z2 come boxed with the wireless charging dock?


  • John Garlits

    This is looking like a really strong contender. The Z1S was probably the runner up for me when I chose my G2, but the G2 had a better screen, minimal bezels, and took a better picture when I compared. The Z1S was definitely more solidly built. A couple things I’d need to check in person are the screen and camera performance. Also, 32 GB would have been nice even with the SD slot as some things don’t work with SD, but it’s not bad. Waterproofing would be nice for smartphoning in rain or when there might be a danger of dropping into water. I really wonder though about how it would fare in a drop. Glass backs were a bad choice for that purpose on the iPhone and the Nexus 4. I don’t see why it would be good here, unless they’ve built in some kind of shock absorption or something. Even if you case it, glass could shatter.

  • Andy

    The Sony Xperia Z1 was a powerful device and the Xperia Z2 takes things
    up a mark, making this one of the most powerful Android handsets around.
    And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

  • Mohammed Najeeb
    • Jim Bob

      That is a waterproof magnetic charger port. It is also the dock connector.