BARCELONA: SONY unveiled its latest flagship Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday, the Xperia Z2 boasting 4K video recording.
Measuring just 8.2mm thick, the Sony Xperia Z2 has a slightly slimmer design and a bigger 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 a camera recording ability with a pixel 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 doesn't have a better camera than the Xperia Z1, as it has the same 20.7MP rear-facing camera 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.
"The dedicated camera button means that you're ready to capture the action wherever you are - both in and out of the water," Sony said.
Sony has yet to announce availability, but said that the Xperia Z2 will be available worldwide sometime in March in black, white and purple colour options.
As part of its announcement at MWC, Sony also launched the mid-range M2 smartphone, claiming it's the world's slimmest 4G mid-range smartphone, which will be available globally from April 2014. It also unveiled the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet, a 10.1in device that is both slimmer and lighter than Apple's iPad Air.
The Xperia Z2's predecessor, the Xperia Z1, was unveiled in September last year at IFA, touting a very similar feature set, including a 5in full HD 1080p display, a quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. µ
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