MWC 2014: Sony Unveils New Flagship Smartphone and Tablet, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet

Sony has announced its thinner version Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Sony introduces Xperia™ Z2, its new premium flagship waterproof smartphone with best ever display, 4K recording and Digital Noise Cancelling technology. Photo: Sony

The new Xperia Z2 Tablet and the flagship Android phone Xperia Z2 debuted at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Compared to its predecessor, the Xperia Z1s, the Xperia Z2 has a slightly larger 5.2-inch full HD touchscreen that borrows technology from Sony’s TV line to help produce richer colors and capture more detail. Besides being Sony’s biggest Android flagship yet (the enormous Xperia Z Ultra falls into the phablet category), the Xperia Z2 brings some crazy-powerful specifications to the table as well.

It features a 2.3GHZz, quad-core Snapdragon 801, Adreno 330 GPU, and LTE, as well as an impressive 3GB RAM and a 3,200 mAh battery. Using a new aluminum frame, Sony also managed to make the Xperia Z2 slightly slimmer than its predecessor, and the smartphone is waterproof.

Now the Xperia Z2’s 20.7-megapixel camera with a 1/2.3-inch image sensor can record 4K video, which offers four times the detail of full-HD clips. . There are other advanced features, like image stabilization and a new Movie Creator app for editing and adding effects like slow motion to your video.

Unsurprisingly, the Xperia Z2 Tablet shares many other traits with the Xperia Z2 smartphone — surround sound and digital noise cancelling, for example.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet, can be seen as a larger version of its smartphone sibling, with 6.4 mm, since they share a number of similarities. Although it is thinner than the company’s own Xperia Z1, which is 8.5mm thick, as well as the 7.6mm iPhone 5S and the 7.4mm iPad Air.

“This is the world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet and features the best of Sony’s technologies across screens, cameras, audio and PlayStation,” Calum MacDougall, head of mobile marketing at Sony, told the Guardian.

The new device boasts a 10.1-inch full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, an 8.1-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM and a 6000mAh battery.

Sony has used its BRAVIA TV technology to generate brighter and more consistent colors, by using a mix of red and green phosphor and blue LEDs.

The tablet runs the latest version of Google’s Android software 4.4.2 KitKat too, which Sony has lightly customised bundling its own apps and services such as the Music and Movies Unlimited subscription services, writes the Guardian.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet will also be tailored toward gamers and will be compatible with the PlayStation’s wireless DualShock 3 controller. The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available by the end of March with 16 or 32GB storage and Wi-Fi or 16GB and 4G, although Sony hasn’t yet announced pricing for the device.

Last but not least, the Xperia M2 is Sony’s effort to offer some of the experiences of its flagship devices in a more affordable package. Its features include a 4.8-inch quarter HD touchscreen, an eight megapixel camera, 4G connectivity and NFC.

Sony, however, did not announce pricing at this time, though it said it will fall in the middle of the price spectrum. No word yet on pricing for either of the Xperia Z2 devices, says Recode.

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