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MWC: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on review

We test Sony's latest 4K Android handset on the MWC show floor
Mon Feb 24 2014, 15:54

BARCELONA: SONY unveiled the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) on Monday, its latest flagship smartphone boasting 4K video capabilities.

Measuring just 8.2mm thick, Sony mobile fans will be pleased to hear that the Xperia Z2 has a slightly slimmer design but a bigger 5.2in LED display compared to its predecessor, the 5in Xperia Z1.

Sony launches the Xperia Z2

We got some hands-on time with the Sony Xperia Z2 on the stand right after the launch, where we managed to test out the device's standout feature: its ability to record and display 4K video, a feature not before seen on previous Sony smartphones.

Design
The first noticeable thing about the Xperia Z2 is it feels much lighter than its predecessor, the Xperia Z1, which weighs 169g. Sony hasn't disclosed the exact weight of the Z2 just yet but from our time with it, it was clear that Sony has managed to squeeze in a good number of updates, such as a bigger screen - while reducing the weight.

Sony Xperia Z2 Android smartphone hands-on - 4K display

The Xperia Z2 is very similar to the Xperia Z1, which in terms of design is no bad thing. We're fans of the boxy look. Even better, with this release Sony has rounded the edges meaning it's easier to hold, while packing in a 5.2in screen into the same sized bezel as the Xperia Z1.

The firm has also made it slimmer at just 8.2mm, compared to the Xperia Z1's 8.5mm. The design is therefore much more ergonomically pleasing. Picking the phone up for the first time, we were surprised how comfortable it felt, even with such a large display size.

Sony Xperia Z2 Android smartphone hands-on - side view

We do have a couple of gripes, though. The Sony Xperia Z2 is rather prone to picking up fingerprints, which means it can get grubby quite easily, although its glossiness means it's very easy to clean and we are quite used to it, considering most smartphones possess this flaw.

Another great feature about the Xperia Z2's design is that, like the Xperia Z1, it's resistant against dust, water and scratches thanks to IP55 and IP58 certification. It will also launch in a number of colours, including black, white and purple.

Screen
The display on the Sony Xperia Z2 is by far its most impressive feature. With a pixel count of 1080x1920 pixels, the Xperia Z2's 5.2in display blew us away. It's an improvement over its predecessor's 5in display due to th addition of some new screen tech giving better contrast and colour representation. As a result, images appear crystal clear and it is truly stunning to use, with both text and images looking sharp and touch operations being smooth between pages and apps.

Sony Xperia Z2 Android smartphone hands-on - 4K display side

Sony has also equipped the Xperia Z2's screen with IPS technology, which means that viewing angles on the smartphone are above average.

 

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