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Sony Xperia Z2 hands on (MWC 2014)

At MWC 2014 we managed to get a hands-on view of Sony's new Xperia Z2. Join us as we take a look at what the latest member of the Z family of smartphones has to offer.
February 25, 2014
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Yesterday Sony announced the Xperia tablet Z2, Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 at MWC 2014. We managed to get our hands on the Xperia Z2 a bit earlier today, and here our our first impressions Sony’s latest flagship handset.


The Sony Xperia Z2 follows the same design aesthetics that we know in love from its predecessor, which includes a slate-like appearance and sleek glass surface. While the Z2 is a little taller than the Z1 thanks to its .2-inch larger display, the handset actually is 12 grams lighter and is just 8.2mm thick. Moving past the dimensions and build materials, the Z2 feels very comfortable in your hands thanks to its lighter profile, and we are happy to report that the very rigid design has been toned down a bit.

Beyond that? We have to admit that the Sony Xperia Z2 looks very familiar, right down to the same iconic silver power button and the shutter button on the left side. Whether keeping the same overall design is a good or bad thing probably comes down to personal opinion.


Although the Sony Xperia Z2 sticks to the same 1080p resolution as its predecessor, it does make one very noticeable change: gone is the TFT display that delivers less-than-impressive viewing angles, and instead we now are treated to a full HD IPS LCD.

In addition to the ditching TFT for LCD, Sony also increased the display size to 5.2-inches.


Performance and Hardware

As with the Xperia tablet Z2, the next-gen handset makes the move to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU that is clocked at 2.3GHz. This probably isn’t going to deliver that much faster of an experience alone, but thankfully it is coupled with 3GB of RAM. For those interested in long battery life, you’ll also be pleased to know that the Z2 has crammed in a 3,200 mAh battery that should provide all day battery life without too much trouble.

Turning our attention towards the camera, the Z2 features a 20.7 MP Exmor RS image sensor like the Z1, but it does add 4K shooting and plenty of new camera apps to the mix to the mix. The Z2 may not feature OIS technology, but it does have SteadyShot software stabilization.

Music buffs will enjoy the dual stereo speakers found on the Z2. There’s also built-in digital noise-cancelling audio technology, which you can pair with Sony noise cancelling headphones to achieve substantial reduction in background noise.

As for storage space? The Xperia Z2 includes 16GB and can be further expanded via microSD.


The Xperia Z2 features Android 4.4 KitKat and an updated Timescape UI that offers all-white status icons, and plenty of new features including glove mode, adjustable white balance, double tap to wake up, USB DAC support and a built-in answering machine app.

There’s also the previously mentioned new camera apps such as Timeshift video, Creative effect, Background defocus, AR effect, integrated Vine. If that’s not enough for you, Sony even adds the ability to install and use more camera apps directly from the viewfinder.

Additionally, you’ll find all the regular Sony apps you’d expect such as the Walkman app, PlayMemories, the Playstation app and more. As a bonus, the Xperia Z2 even includes six free movies downloads from Sony Pictures and a 30 day free trial of Music Unlimited.



Final Thoughts

The Sony Xperia Z2 might not seem like a dramatic leap ahead of the Z1 at first glance, but if, you look deeper, there are certainly plenty of changes here that make the Z2 a very impressive device.

From the larger battery to improved software and a better display, there’s a lot to love about the Sony Xperia Z2 and we can’t wait until we’re able to get our hands on this one for an extended look and full review down the road.