Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 earlier this year, Sony has launched the Xperia Z2 in India to compete with other flagships in the market – Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8.
The Xperia Z2 is an evolution of Xperia Z1 which was a successor of Xperia Z. The Xperia Z was a pretty good smartphone that was marred by a poor display, and while the Z1 had an improved build quality, the display didn’t improve much.
Sony Xperia Z2 features the Omnibalance design that has been Sony’s identity since last year but subtle changes make it look even better. The glass back is claimed to be shatterproof, and the construction quality is top notch overall. The phone is also dust and water-proof, and you can even take it under water to click photos during your swim or beach holiday.
The phone boasts of a 5.2-inch screen, but is marginally thinner and slightly smaller in the width that its predecessors. It’s a little longer and heavier though. However, that doesn’t make the Z2 unwieldy and surprisingly for an over 5-inch phone, it feels pretty solid and can be used with one hand only.
The key progressive feature of the Xperia Z1 compared to the predecessors is its 5.2-inch display, and it’s definitely a good one. The Z2 employs a Full HD IPS display and that serves vibrant colors and decent viewing angles.
Since it’s a premium flagship phone, the Z2 checks all the boxes on the specifications sheet. The phone is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with a mammoth 3GB RAM and includes 16 GB internal storage supporting microSD cards up to 128GB. The 3200 mAh battery would likely last you over a day easily. The top of the line specs lend well to the phone’s performance, and the Z2 breezes through the user interface and while multitasking between several apps.
Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the Sony Xperia Z2 bundles in a lot of Sony apps like the Sony JIV, Sony LIV, and others as well as a lot of third-party apps which might be useful for some users, but too many apps become overwhelming. There’s also a proprietary app to find your handset in case it is lost.
In terms of camera, the Z2 features a 1/23-inch 20.7MP Exmor R camera, which is same as the Xperia Z1. The camera though now allows for 4K recording and slow-motion video capture. The former is pretty much a novelty right now, but it’s a good feature on the marketing collateral.
The camera features a Timeshift mode that allows you to select any part of a video and slow it down. It’s a pretty simple process, and can help you get some nice videos to share. There’s also a background defocus feature that allows you to bring the subject in sharp focus.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is good evolution, and a great Android smartphone that would stand up well against the flagships from Samsung and HTC. The ₹49,990 price is in line with other premium flagship devices, and although it’s quite high, the phone justifies the price.
For a limited period though, Sony’s made it an awesome deal and the offer is a good value proposition. Sony is bundling the SmartBand worth ₹5,999 as well as the classy flip cover worth ₹2,990.