Sony’s Mobile teams worked with its TV engineers to outfit its latest flagship smartphone with BRAVIA technology, giving the Xperia Z2 more vivid colors, better viewing angles, and an overall greater multimedia experience.
The Xperia Z2 phablet, announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress with the tag line “details make the difference,” is one of Sony Mobile’s latest flagship devices – and they don’t take that claim lightly.
Aside from a new set of stereo speakers, the external look of the Xperia Z2 is pretty much unchanged since the Xperia Z1 smartphone, which was first launched six months ago. Side by side however, the slightly smaller Xperia Z2 showcases an improved display with punchier colors, better viewing angles, and an overall greater multimedia experience.
In an effort to further optimize its screens, Sony’s Mobile teams worked with its TV engineers to outfit the new Triluminos screen with BRAVIA technology. The display on the original Xperia Z phone was a disappointment, and while the Z1 made up lots of ground, it’s the Z2 that finally lives up to all the hype that Sony was attaching to it.
At 5.2 inches, the Xperia Z2 gives you slightly larger real estate over its predecessor, though screen resolution remains unchanged at 1920×1080 resulting in a slightly lower pixel density of 423 pixels per inch. In reality, it’s not a difference you will ever likely notice.
Reports from Barcelona indicate that the display is extremely crisp, with small text on Web pages and icon edges on the home-screen looking sharp as a tack. With in-plane switching, the Xperia Z2 offers an improved viewing angle and accurate colors from edge-to-edge, no matter which angle you and your friends are looking from.
Live Color LEDs use red and green phosphor with blue LEDs and customized color filters to produce richer colors on the screen, without the oversaturation produced on some AMOLED displays, and delivers the widest color gamut on the market — surpassing Apple’s critically-acclaimed iPhone and iPad displays.
Sony’s unique X-Reality image software engine analyzes each image to optimize colors, sharpness and contrast while also reducing noise for incredibly crisp pictures free of jagged edges. The super resolution function also reproduces lacking pixels for spectacular clarity and detail.
Sony’s strong optics make for impressive photos, but the company’s desire to future-proof their handset has led to advancements in the video department as well.
The handset features a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera with the ability to capture 4K footage at 30fps with SteadyShot image stabilization borrowed from the company’s Handycam line. Timeshift video allows you to shoot and quickly edit slow motion video at 120 frames per second in 720p with augmented reality options.
Because the Xperia Z2’s full HD resolution is only 1080p, you will still need an ultra HD 4K TV to view the full footage. Otherwise you can watch a standard HD version of your 4K footage on the device with the ability to zoom in and inspect the stunning detail.
Powered by a 2.3GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with an Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB of RAM, the Xperia Z2 phablet runs on the latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat and houses a large 3,200mAh battery with STAMINA Mode that’s rated to deliver up to 830 hours of talk time, standby time of 880 hours, and up to 110 hours of continuous music playback time.
The Xperia Z2 is expected to launch globally this month in the familiar color choices of black, white, or purple.