Sony Xperia Z2: 9 things you need to know
The Sony Xperia Z2 has been unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 – and we've got the skinny on it.Here are the 10 key things you need to know.
1. It's (a bit) bigger
READ MORE: Sony Z1 Compact review
2. It shoots 4K video
Sony Xperia Z2 camera
3. It turns you into Spider-Man
4. The bundled headphones aren't rubbish
5. It's packing plenty of power
Sony Xperia Z2 side view
The Z2 comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU running at 2.3GHz and 3GB of RAM, plus a 3200mAh battery. While we need to test it properly to gauge performance, on paper that's a pretty impressive haul of specs.
6. It might offer the best sound recording of any phone ever
4K video quality is all well and good, but if the accompanying audio is muddier than the front of the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2005 you’re left with a pretty disappointing result. Keen to help you avoid this, Sony has created an STM10 stereo microphone accessory for the Z2 (it’ll also work with the Z2 Tablet). It uses the five-ring audio jack and is small enough to slip into your pocket when not in use.
7. It'll play nice with your PS3 controller
8. It's got a super screen
As mentioned above, the screen is 0.2in bigger than the Z1’s: 5.2in in all. But the larger size isn’t its only improvement: the Z2’s 1920 x 1080 Triluminos display features IPS for wider viewing angles as well as Sony’s Live Colour LED technology, which uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and a custom colour filter. Sony claims that produces a brighter, more uniform backlight that results in richer colours. We’re looking forward to putting that claim to the test in our upcoming review.
9. It’s just as waterproof as ever
It’s just as waterproof as ever
The Xperia Z2 offers Sony’s highest degree of dust- and waterproofing, with its build rated at IP55 and IP58. That’s the same as the Xperia Z1, and means you can dunk the phone in up to 1.5m of water for as long as 30 minutes.
10. It’s out next month
Sony hasn’t given a price or specific UK release date for the Xperia Z2 yet, but says it will ship globally from March 2014. So at most you’ll have a few weeks to wait until it’s in the shops.