Sony’s Xperia Z2 preemptively takes the fight to Samsung

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We knew that a lot of things would be announced at Mobile World Congress – but we didn’t quite expect Sony to unveil a successor to the 5-month-old Xperia Z1.

The company has seemingly taken on a rapid release schedule, with the first Xperia Z being announced at CES in January last year, and its successor, the Z1, was announced in September last year. Now, it’s got the Z2 – something it’s hoping will steal the limelight from Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which will be unveiled later this week.

Inside the slightly larger Z2 sits the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor R image sensor that’s been gaining Sony a lot of praise. The Xperia Z phones definitely have superior imaging capabilities when compared to their peers. However, with a new, beefier Snapdragon 801 processor from Qualcomm, the phone gains powerful processing that allows the image sensor to be used for 4K video recording. It also gains an iPhone 5s-equalling 120fps slow-motion video feature, which should be a hit at parties.

The aforementioned Snapdragon chip runs its four cores at 2.3GHz, and is mated to 3GB of RAM – so on this front alone Samsung’s going to have its hands full, unless it manages to whip out something completely revolutionary. Sony’s also managed to squeeze a 3 200mAh battery into the Z2 while still shaving 0.3mm off the Z1’s thickness.

Everything will look superb, too, on the new 5.2-inch full HD display. This, like its forebears, also uses the company’s Triluminos, Live Colour, and X-Reality technologies. And if bigger screens don’t tickle your fancy, the new noise cancellation tech in the Z2 will. Sony claims that it’s the first digital noise cancellation solution in a smartphone – with 98% effectiveness – so people should hear you loud and clear no matter where you’re calling from.


Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.