The Sony Xperia Z2 is a 5.2 inch Android smartphone with a waterproof case, a 20.7MP camera, and 3GB of RAM. First unveiled in February, the Z2 is now available for purchase in the United States.
You can pick up a carrier unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 from the Sony store for $700.
But as always, if you wait long enough a newer, more powerful model will come along. Details about the upcoming Sony Xperia Z3 are starting to leak… allegedly.
G for Games and Digi-Wo report that Sony could unveil the Xperia Z3 in September. The next-gen phone is said to have a 6.1 inch, 2560 x 1152 pixel OLED display, a 22MP camera, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
Leaked images also suggest the phone will have a large, wide-angle camera lens and support for add-ons such as high-quality flash bulbs or microphones.
Of course, these are all just rumors until Sony actually announces its next phone. For now the Xperia Z2 is the company’s top-of-the-line handset and it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, features LTE and HSPA connectivity, a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3200mAh battery.
“The next-gen [Z3] phone is said to have a 6.1 inch display”… when will it stop.
Z2 is a nice phone to hold. Like a better sized iPhone without Apple’s annoying iOS.
But many little software problems. Keeps forgetting settings you already set. Vibration keeps turning itself back on. It keeps asking you what keyboard you want to use and wants to do a basic setup every time you swap SIM cards (when traveling from country to country). Skype keeps having issues on it, ending in a state of being unable to interact with it and unable to shut it down, without actually rebooting the phone.
Other than that, the hardware rocks, the camera is great, though on the original Xperia Z’s camera, the real-time digital lens-distortion-compensation worked much better: If you took a picture of a document or your computer screen, on the Z, straight lines and edges of paper were absolutely straight, both in the view finder and in the picture. On the Z2, compensation is not even close. Really, I’d prefer to carry the original Xperia Z, if it wasn’t for the battery life. I never bought the Z1 cause it ‘fixed’ the battery life issue by simply making the phone a LOT bigger. The Z2 isn’t appreciably smaller than the Z1, but at least the display size increased slightly. Still thinking of picking up another Z, as I gave mine away, and they are quite cheap now.
So much for my ‘Z’ experiences for anyone who cares 😉
The international version has been available on Amazon for awhile and works fine with T-Mo and ATT, for what it’s worth. Somewhat less expensive as a general rule too.
The nice thing about Sony’s every-six-months cycle is that it means the first half of the year phone, which isn’t going to be obsolete hardware-wise, is gonna get cheap fast once their second-half model hits; the Z1 can be found on Swappa for between 300 and 400 dollars or so.
Nice phone but very late. There’s already a lot of other flagship phones that have been on the market for months with these same specs (HTC, Samsung, LG). The only thing you’re buying here is the Sony app system, not sure if that’s worth the premium.
I second this! You could just pick up a ln LG G2 for $300, it has very similar specs.
The Z2 already matched Samsung’s S5 specs, I’m not sure what you’re on about.
Sony really used to be way behind, with their previous CEO publicly stating that “people don’t need the latest processors”. But that guy is out at Sony and the new guy made mobile top priority at the company.
If you end up liking or disliking a phone isn’t about which point release of Snapdragon it has anyway. Should consider questions like “is the bootloader locked?”, “Does LG give me all I want technically in a slightly less appealing plastic case?” “Does the hardware work with the software without annoying hickups?” (In Sony’s Z2, I find a bunch of hickups, but I found those in Samsung’s Note 2 as well.)
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