JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z2, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on 24 February.
The Sony Xperia Z2 looks to build on the success of its predecessor, the Xperia Z1, which has seen Sony grow its share in the smartphone market in recent months.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll be updating it with further release date and pricing details for the Sony Xperia Z2.
Release date and availability
The Sony Xperia Z2 was unveiled during Sony's MWC press conference on 24 February. Sony has yet to announce an official release date, but said that the Xperia Z2 will be available worldwide sometime in March in black, white and purple colour options. Unlocked-mobiles, however, is promising to send out orders on 1 April, while Carphone Warehouse is promising a 7 April release date and Phones 4u is promising an 11 April release.
In terms of availability, O2, EE, Three, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u have all announced they will be selling the Xperia Z2.
EE has said it will be offering the device on its 4G network, but pricing is yet to be announced. Pre-orders will open from the end of March, with the launch of the device set for mid-April. EE is trying to tempt people to register interest in the Z2 before 26 March by giving them a chance to win a 50in 3D TV and a sound bar.
O2 was able to get one up on its rival operators, sharing the thrilling news that it is has secured the exclusive rights to the purple Xperia Z2. Pricing and release details aren't yet available.
Vodafone has no exciting colours or competitions for interested Z2 buyers. It is simply telling users to "stay tuned to Vodafone Social for information on pre-orders".
Three has also been in touch to tell us it will be offering the Z2, although the network could not tell us any pricing or release date details just yet.
Sony has yet to announce how much the Xperia Z2 will cost at launch. However, SIM free retailers Unlocked-mobiles and Expansys have both started taking pre-orders for the smartphone, pricing it at £544.98 and £599.99, respectively.
Carphone Warehouse has given us an insight into the Xperia Z2's pay monthly pricing, having kicked off its pre-orders for the phone. It's available to order on the EE, O2 and Vodafone networks, and prices start from £47 a month.
Phones 4u has also been quick to start taking orders, with pricing for the Xperia Z2 also starting from £47 a month.
Specs and features
Measuring just 8.2mm thick, the Sony Xperia Z2 has a slightly slimmer design and a bigger 1080p 5.2in LED display compared to its predecessor, the 5in Xperia Z1.
However, the device's standout feature is its ability to record 4K video due to resolution four times that of full HD at 3840x2160, a feature not seen on previous Sony smartphones.
Powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Krait CPUs and 3GB of RAM, the Xperia Z2 features a 3,200mAh battery and support for 4G LTE connectivity.
The Xperia Z2 has the same 20.7MP rear-facing camera as the Z1 but with improved 4K shooting capabilities.
Like the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z, the Xperia Z2 can be dunked in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metre, Sony claims, due to dust-resistant and waterproof IP55 and IP58 certification.
Sony claims that the Xperia Z2 has a slimmer and more comfortable feel over the Xperia Z1 due to its glass panels, which are encased in a single, solid aluminium frame with smoother edges. µ
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