Sony took the wraps off of its new flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this week. It’s a bit difficult to distinguish from its predecessor, the Z1, at least from a physical perspective, but it features a nice upgrade in specs to warrant the new title. Sony also introduced the Z2 Tablet, which is basically the Xperia Z2 in tablet form, and the mid-range M2 handset.
Sony hasn’t done much to change the look of its flagship phone line since the original Xperia Z. As such, you might have trouble telling the Xperia Z2 (pictured above) apart from previous devices. Luckily, the Xperia line is still exceptionally attractive, marked by a sleek, glass-covered build. It’s also rated IP 58 for water resistance, so the phone is fully waterproof; it can be submerged in up to 4.9 feet of fresh water for 30 minutes. The only noticeable change is that the screen size has been increased to 5.2 inches, up from 5, though it still features the same 1080p resolution. There’s a new set of stereo speakers now as well.
But while the outside of the phone may look the same, inside there are a number of changes. There’s a nice upgrade in power here, for instance. The Xperia Z2 is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. The RAM has been increased as well, from 2 to 3 GB. The phone’s 20.7-megapixel camera is now capable of shooting 4K video, and the battery has been increased to a hefty 3,200mAh cell. The phone also runs Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Sony introduced a new Xperia Z2 Tablet as well, which is aptly named, since it essentially features the same exact features of the Z2 handset blown up to tablet form. Noticeable changes include the 10.1-inch, full HD display, and 6,000mAh battery. The camera has also been changed, to a more typical 8.1-megapixel part. Otherwise, the Z2 Tablet features the same processor, same software and same waterproof build as the Xperia Z2.
Sony is paying attention to the other end of the market as well, introducing the mid-range M2 handset (pictured below). Physically, it looks a like the Xperia Z2, which is a good thing. The specs have been scaled back significantly to reach a lower price point, however. The M2 has a 4.8-inch, 960 x 540 display. It’s powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB of RAM, and features an 8-megapixel rear camera. Depending on the price, this phone could give the budget-friendly Moto G a run for its money.
The Xperia Z2 and Tablet Z2 are expected to go on sale in March in Europe, though pricing hasn’t yet been announced. Sony’s Xperia Z1 never officially made it to the U.S., though it did make a later appearance in the form of the Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar situation for the Xperia Z2.