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. You can also check out our full Sony Xperia Z2 review before buying.
Release date and availability
The Sony Xperia Z2 was unveiled during Sony's MWC press conference on 24 February, where it was outed in black, white and purple colour options.
Following the Xperia Z2's unveiling, SIM free retailer Unlocked-mobiles originally promised to send out orders on 1 April, while Phones 4u claimed an 11 April and Vodafone 10 April.
However, Unlocked-mobiles went on to reveal that it has been notified of a delay with the Xperia Z2, due to a third-party manufacturing glitch, which saw it delayed until 1 May. Sony confirmed the delay in a statement citing hardware troubles, but said that those who pre-ordered the Xperia Z2 early will still see an April shipping date.
Thankfully, Sony has since confirmed that the 1 May release date stands, which means the Sony Xperia Z2 is now available in the UK.
Saying that, Carphone Warehouse became the first to offer the handset, notifying The INQUIRER that it went on sale two week's ahead of its official released date.
EE has said it will be offering the device on its 4G network. Pre-orders opened at 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, and Vodafone and Three also will be selling the handset, albeit not in purple.
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 gave us an insight into the Xperia Z2's pay monthly pricing when it promptly kicked off pre-orders in April. It's available to order on the EE, O2 and Vodafone networks, and prices start from £47 a month.
Phones 4u was also quick to start taking orders, with pricing for the Xperia Z2 also starting from £47 a month.
Vodafone became the first UK operator to kick off pre-orders for the Xperia Z2, and is offering the first 3,000 who buy it a free 32in Sony TV. Prices on the network start from £42 a month, including unlimited minutes and texts and 1GB of monthly data.
Three followed shortly after, and is offering the Xperia Z2 for £49 on a choice of four pay monthly plans. These include a £38 plan with 600 minutes and 2GB data, and a £44 plan which comes with unlimited minutes and unlimited data.
O2 has also revealed its Xperia Z2 pricing. The handset is available from £49.99 on a £28 per month contract, complete with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of monthly 4G data.
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