Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony’s latest flagship Mobile, following the slick Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z1 Compact. This 5.2-inch mobile is a tad lighter than the Xperia Z1, and boasts a gorgeous new screen, some boosted specs, a few cool new camera modes and some extra tools such as digital noise cancellation.
The digital image stabilization, which significantly reduces the amount of judder in your videos compared with an Xperia Z2 with image stabilization turned off, and it really does seem to cut down on awful shakiness footage caused by hand motions and general movement while filming.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is powered by the brand new Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 processor, a 2.3GHz Quad Core chip, backed up by a mighty 3GB of RAM. That should keep the latest games running for the lifetime of the phone, while the 3,200mAh battery is a teeny step up from the Z1's 3,000 mAh effort.
Sony has also built Digital Noise Cancelling technology into the Xperia Z2 which helps to block out external noise when you’re out and about, or trying to work in a shouty office. You still need Mobile DNC Headphones to take advantage and Sony has bundled a pair with the Xperia Z2 which feature microphones in the earbuds. These mics pick up ambient noise and transmit the signal to the phone, where the DNC Software processes it. The audio is then transmitted back to the buds in a fashion which dampens this external noise. And all without the need for batteries. Clever stuff, and we’re glad the ‘phones are bundled.
Xperia Z2 packs a very similar rectangular frame as the Xperia Z1. Once again you get a solid piece of aluminium, surrounded by two slabs of tempered glass for the front and back edges, and the phone is fully waterproof so you can dip it in your pint to impress your mates.
It’s a tiny bit slimmer and lighter than the Xperia Z1, despite rocking a larger display, and you can notice the difference when comparing the mobiles in both hands. Otherwise, the only real change is the SIM and microSD slots switching sides.
The Triluminos 5.2-inch IPS display packs Sony's X-Reality technology and something called Live Colour LED. This adds a wider colour palette, making the Xperia Z2’s screen impressively vivid and vibrant. We really enjoyed browsing images and video in our short time with the phone. Viewing angles appear to be a reassuring improvement over the Xperia Z1, a major complaint of the original handset, and the panel’s powerful enough to compensate for reflections.
With the 20.7 Megapixel Camera, the Bionz Exmor RS sensor and F2.3 Aperture. Sony claims it’s the World’s best camera and camcorder in an Android Mobile Phone, with the ability to shoot 4k video and slow-mo clips. There are other new camera features like Background Defocus, this lets you blur a photo's background while keeping the subject sharp.
Meanwhile some of the existing camera features have been migrated to video capture mode. Timeshift video allows you to shoot 120 FPS video and slow it down at any point in post production, much like you can on the iPhone 5S.
Sony is hoping its tri-factor of technology, content and ecosystem will help to create an excellent package. We’ve already seen that Sony is serious about tech, and it’s also bundling some great content - you get 6 free Sony movies out of the box, including Captain Phillips, Django Unchained, Elysium, 21 Jump Street, and This is the End.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Mobile Phone should appear in stores around March, and while there's no confirmed pricing, we'd expect it to hit £500-£600 SIM-free on release.