Earlier this year, Sony announced it’s next flagship smartphone the Xperia Z2. Here are a few reasons why I think the Z2 is the next Android smartphone you should want.
Hardware That Matters:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 3GB of RAM
- Adreno 330 GPU delivering an increase of up to 50% in graphics performance
- 5.2” IPS LCD Full HD TRILUMINOS display backed by X-Reality for mobile and Live Colour LED technology –w/ a 424ppi pixel density
- Shatter proof and scratch resistant glass
- 20.7 megapixel camera and 4K video recording with Dual ISP support
- Stereo Speakers w/built in Digital Noise Cancelling technologies
- 3200mAh battery w/ battery saving technologies.
- 4G LTE capable, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 w/A2DP, A-GPS and GLONASS, FM Radio w/RDS, microSD up to 128GB
The Good Stuff:
Display Technology – Looking at the display on the Z2 feels like you’re looking at a mini Bravia HDTV. That’s because Sony uses a Full HD TRILUMINOS display that’s powered by X-Reality for mobile. The X-Reality engine makes your images and video sharper and clearer. It can even takes low res images and upscale them to HD quality no matter what the quality the source is. Sony is also introducing a new display technology called Live Colour LED. This new technology uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs with customized filters to avoid over-saturation and create color as they should be seen. What you get is a vivid more natural blue, a deeper and cleaner green, and wider range of reds.
Camera Technology – The Z2 is equipped with a 20.7 megapixel camera with a 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor. This technology enables the camera to take excellent photos in low light without the use for flash and the ability to capture HDR photos and video. Basically, the Exmor RS sensor captures the image twice with different exposure levels and layers it together to create one optimized photo. This is helpful since lighting conditions aren’t always ideal. And don’t forget that the Xperia Z2 has the ability to record 4K video (Ultra HD). Even though it may seem like overkill, knowing that your smartphone is future proof is a big plus.
Stereo Speakers & Noise Cancelling Technology – The Z2 now has stereo speakers! Although recent reviews have stated that it isn’t as loud as the HTC One M8, I’ll have to review it for myself to see if it’s the speaker or just a software limitation. In addition, Sony has included noise cancelling technology which is said to reduce up to 98% of ambient noise when you use the supplied MDR NC13EM digital noise cancelling headset. That’s something you don’t see in smartphones at all.
Design– Sony continues to show why they are still one of the best in designing high tech hardware. The glass on the front and back are now encased in one single aluminum frame making the Z2 the best looking Android available today. The all metal HTC One M8 is very sleek but nothing screams quality like the metal and glass on the Z2. Throw in the fact that the Z2 can save you from dust and water with its IP55 and IP58 rating, the Z2 can be used no matter what situation you might get into.
Future Proof – You won’t have to worry about your smartphone being out of date spec wise. Should you make an investment with the Z2 you’ll have a smartphone that can honestly last you 4 years if you’re not a “spec whore”. The Z2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 3GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU delivering an increase of up to 50% in graphics performance, 5.2” Full HD TRILUMINOS display backed by X-Reality for mobile and Live Colour LED technology, 4G LTE capable, 20.7 megapixel camera with Dual ISP (Image Signal Processor – support for simultaneous photography and video recording), 4K video recording, and a large 3200mAh battery with battery saving technologies.
The new Sony Xperia Z2 has the hardware, the style, and the performance to take the Android crown in my opinion. Not to mention that the Xperia Launcher is the closest thing to vanilla Android. And that alone takes the Z2 to the top of the Android kingdom. Instead of redesigning the Android experience, Sony improved the software with their own camera and batter saving technologies while continuing to add new technologies like Live Color LED. I applaud Sony for deciding to stay as close as possible to the Android experience. An experience that HTC and Samsung continues to screw up.
And although it hasn’t been released just yet here in the U.S., the Z2 is worth waiting for. No gimmicks or tricks with the Z2. Just a real solid smartphone that’s functional.