Question: Which company is next in line to show off some new wares at Mobile World Congress? Answer: Sony. The Xperia family today took the wraps off of three new pieces of Android-powered hardware in Barcelona, including two new smartphones and a 10-inch tablet.
First up is the Sony Xperia Z2. As its name suggests, the Xperia Z2 is the successor to 2013's Xperia Z1. Sony Mobile Communications CEO Kunimasa Suzuki describes the Xperia Z2 as a device that takes Sony's flagship Z line "to the next level," and he's not kidding. The Xperia Z2 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, which is a smidge larger than the Z1's 5-inch screen. The display on the Z2 utilizes Sony's Triluminos and Live Color LED technologies, the latter of which uses red and green phosphor in conjunction with blue LEDs to produce a light that's both bright and uniform.
As with its other recent flagship devices, Sony has made the Xperia Z2's camera a tentpole feature. The Z2 packs a 20.7-megapixel camera with 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile sensor, G Lens and BIONZ image processing tech. In case that isn't enough camera tech for you, Sony has also thrown in 4K video capture, SteadyShot image stabilization and a new Movie Creator mode for editing video on the go. Other software camera additions that come with the Z2 include slow-mo Timeshift video capture, Background defocus and Vine.
The high-end goodness doesn't stop when we dive into the Xperia Z2's dust resistant and waterproof 8.2mm-thick body. The Z2 is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor that's paired with 3GB of RAM and a beefy 3200mAh battery.
Sony says that the Xperia Z2 will begin hitting store shelves around the globe in March 2014 with 4G LTE connectivity in tow.
In addition to the flagship Xperia Z2, Sony today introduced another new smartphone that's known as the Xperia M2. The M2 is more of a mid-range offering, sporting a 4.8-inch 960x540 touchscreen and an 8-megapixel rear camera with Sony's Exmor RS for mobile, HDR support and a suite of Sony camera apps.
Inside of the Xperia M2's 8.6mm-thick body is a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a 2330mAh battery. Just like its flagship Xperia Z2 sibling, the Xperia M2 includes 4G LTE connectivity.
Sony says that the flagship Xperia Z2 will begin hitting store shelves around the globe in March 2014 with 4G LTE connectivity in tow. The Xperia M2 will follow a month later, launching globally in April 2014 with LTE support just like its big sibling.
Both phones look like nice additions to Sony's Xperia lineup; the Xperia Z2 boasts some pretty high-end spec that ought to help it compete with other 2014 flagship Android smartphones, and its 20.7-megapixel shooter makes with worth a look for any smartphone shutterbug. Meanwhile, the Xperia M2 features a big 4.8-inch screen and a quad-core processor that could make it a nice, affordable option so long as Sony prices it appropriately.
What do you think of Sony's two new Xperia smartphones? Are either of them in the running for the job of being your daily driver?
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