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Hands on: Sony Xperia Z2

updated 08:55 am EST, Mon February 24, 2014

5.2-inch Xperia Z2 smartphone tested shortly after unveiling

Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Sony unveiled the upgraded version of its previous flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1, alongside two other devices. The Xperia Z2 appears to be similar to the original, but with a number of improvements. Electronista travelled to Sony's stand at the trade show to try out the device, in order to find out if it is as impressive as Sony makes it appear.

The Xperia Z2 offers a bright 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminos display using the X-Reality engine, inside an 8.2mm-thick (0.32 inches) waterproof and dust-protected glass-backed case. Despite weighing only 158g (5.57 ounces), it still gave a feeling of heft, with the glass backing giving little grip, though this is countered by the angular edging.

Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

Inside is a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Just as expected considering the specifications, the implementation of Android 4.4 ran extremely smoothly. It also offers a 3,000mAh battery, digital noise canceling, LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, DNLA, and NFC support.

The 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor is an impressive camera for a smartphone, offering 4K video capture at 30fps and HD video recording at up to 120fps. The high-speed footage could be selectively slowed down by the user for a specific moment, and then allowed to continue. The 4K video recording and playback onto a 4K television also offers a neat trick for HD television owners, as the Xperia Z2 will output an entire 4K video to a television in downscaled form, or the video can be zoomed in to various sections, allowing the viewer to see part of the full 4K video image.

Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

The Xperia Z2 is certainly a worthy successor to the Xperia Z1, with Sony seemingly making an advancement in terms of the specification of the device, without devolving into the realm of adding extraneous features like a fingerprint scanner. The 4K video recording could be considered a step in that direction, but it is more a smaller part of an overall improvement.

by MacNN Staff



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