Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet officially unveiled alongside the midrange Xperia M2
Today MWC has actually started in earnest, so the announcements are starting to pour in. Just as it was expected to, Sony has updated both its flagship smartphone as well as its flagship tablet. The company has also introduced a new midrange handset. Let’s take them one by one.
The Sony Xperia Z2 comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K video recording, a 2.2 MP front camera, a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (the MSM8974AB version, which Sony is confusingly calling Snapdragon 801 in the official spec sheet, even though that actually bears the model number MSM8974AC), 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 146.8×73.3×8.2 mm, and it weighs 158 grams.
Like all of Sony’s flagship over the past few years, the Xperia Z2 is waterproof and dustproof, adhering to the IP58 standard. That means it can be kept under 1.5 metres of water for 30 minutes without suffering.
The Xperia Z2 is a hair thinner and a hair narrower than its predecessor, the Xperia Z1, while being taller. Since it’s got a slightly bigger screen too, that’s quite a feat – though the LG G2 (which also has a 5.2″ screen) is both shorter and narrower than the Z2. We assume this situation has something to do with the water and dustproofing employed by Sony, but we still wish the company would focus on the ongoing trend of making bezels even smaller. Regardless, it’s good to see the biggest battery ever put in a handset of this size by any of the big smartphone makers, the slightly updated chipset, the additional RAM, and the bigger screen, but essentially if you own a Z1 the Z2 is probably not aimed at you.
The Sony Xperia Z2 will be released across the world in March. Pricing isn’t official yet, but expect it to cost about the same as its predecessor did when it launched.
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is “the world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet”, according to Sony. We tend to agree, especially since we can’t name another high-end waterproof tablet.
The Z2 Tablet comes as an improved version of the Tablet Z. It has a 10.1-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen, a 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (once again the MSM8974AB), 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, an 8.1 MP rear camera, a 2.2 MP front camera, 4G LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 6,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
Its dimensions are 266x172x6.4 mm, and it weighs 426 grams (Wi-Fi-only) or 439 grams (4G). The Xperia Z2 Tablet will also launch globally starting in March.
As you can see, the Z2 Tablet basically packs the Z2′s specs into the bigger form factor, while being insanely thin and light. Those traits will sure make for an interesting offering, and a great competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1.
Finally, Sony decided to unveil a new midranger today too, the Xperia M2. We assume this is supposed to be the follow-up to the Xperia M that was announced last June.
It has a 4.8-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (MSM8226 or MSM8926, depending on connectivity), 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 139.6×71.1×8.6 mm, and it weighs 148 grams.
Fun fact: the Xperia M2 is wider than the LG G2, which has a 5.2-inch screen. The M2 will be out globally in April. There will be a dual-SIM version called Xperia M2 Dual.
Edited to include information from Qualcomm’s announcement of the Snapdragon 801 chipset. Sony confusingly says that its two new devices are both powered by the Snapdragon 801 with the model number MSM8974AB. However, those two things can’t be true at the same time, since the MSM8974AB is still branded as Snapdragon 800 even from now on. The Snapdragon 801 is MSM8974AC, and should run at 2.45 GHz.