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We've been seeing quite a lot of Sony's "Xperia Sirius," and it looks like Sony is ready to take the wraps off of it here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As expected, it's the flagship successor to the Z1, somewhat disappointingly named the Xperia Z2. Sony is also announcing the Xperia M2 today, a more midrange phone with Sony's standard industrial design and dual SIM card slots.

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The Z2 improves on the Z1 with a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, matching LG's G2. Sony is pushing its Triluminous and X-reality display technologies to say it's better than the competition. Underneath is the best-in-class Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.3Ghz. That's paired to a generous 3GB of RAM and a roomy 3200mAh battery. Even with that battery, the phone is an impressively slim 8.2mm, beating out the Z1 by .3 millimeters. Surprisingly there's no mention of storage capacity or MicroSD, but Sony tends to include the latter. We'll check it out on the show floor.

As with its predecessor, the camera is the star of the show on the Z2. It's got the same 20.7MP sensor as the Z1, paired with an Exmor RS CMOS and Sony's "G" lens. In addition to sharper photos than any Android competitor, the Z2 will record 4K video (30 frames per second) with image stabilization included. The front-facing shooter is 2.2MP - decent, but nothing to write home about. Sony also has an external stereo microphones for recording, sold separately.

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The Xperia Z2 uses Sony's usual body design with a little more taper on the edges and the usual IP55/IP58 waterproof and dustproof features. Sony doesn't say what flavor of Android the phone is running in the press release, but the transparent bars on the home screen indicate Android 4.4. Previous leaks also showed a Sony UI with some heavy updates, including slow-motion video recording, plus Sony's usual suite of entertainment apps.

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Sony also announced the M2, a mid-range phone intended for a world audience. Its biggest feature is dual SIM card slots (great for globetrotters), but the rest of the hardware is pretty unremarkable. It uses a Snapdragon 400 processor (1.2Ghz, quad-core), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and an 8MP rear camera. The screen is a crowd-pleasing 4.7 inches, but the 960x540 display is a step below competitors. Software looks like Android 4.4 with Sony's usual additions. The price on this phone will be the biggest deciding factor.

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The Xperia Z2 will be available starting in March, and the M2 is coming in April. There's no word on US availability, but Sony generally sells its phones directly in unlocked packages, with a possible carrier option from the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile. In the UK, Vodafone and EE have already announced plans to launch the Z2, and EE will take the M2 as well. Pricing for either device was not announced.

Update: According to XperiaBlog, the Xperia Z2 will cost 599 pounds, or 699 Euros in most of western Europe. That should put it in the same $600-700 range for most flagship phones when it becomes available in the United States.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    The Z2 has an epic display,large battery,Sd card slot,3GB of ram,20Mp camera with a shutter button all in a 8.3mm thick waterproof body.Sony's got a winner in their hands.

    • Michael Ta

      not if they have a crappy UI.

      • Tuấn Ankh

        On the bright side, you can always get a third party launcher to cover it up. The UI thing is preference though. (I'm one of those who think it's ugly, and I like Touchwiz UI...)

        • Martin

          Let's see the new Touchwiz UI tonight.. Maybe you will be on a different side... I hope for better UI, but you never know..

          • dora

            Let's see how laggy plastic toy from shamesung satisfies its samsheep!

        • dora

          how could ur communist shit govt allow u to use the internet? or r u an exile , betray ur country? shame :( :(

        • dora

          but u can't get rid of lag on ur android, unless shamesung releases a 1024 core. believe me!

          • Major_Pita

            Did any of your mother's children live?

          • NinoBr0wn

            Damn lol just let him be.

      • hot_spare

        UI is okay, nothing bad IMO. Hopefully the camera is better than previous models.

        • Martin

          Yeah, they say it's 20mpx but photos are not with quality for 20mpx.. Hope the same.

          • dora

            shamesung toy is not welcome anymore!

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

            I recently got the Z1, and I can already tell from experience that the "Superior" auto mode is just terrible.

            With Manual mode however, if you choose a very low ISO, images really do look very good; even the 20 megapixel ones.

        • dora

          same old shit design from shamesung bothers us. we need new material!

        • kekkojoker90

          Seems have ois...

      • dora

        the cheapest plastic is for shamesung fans!!!!

        • Michael Ta

          no, I have ios, and pure android. If I was calling sony's UI crappy then what is touchwiz? bull crap that got peed on?

      • dora

        F*** Google! the real evil is google!

      • dora

        with googe, u r forced to lag and malware! i like premium and standard quality! but google and shamesung don't give us all these things.

        • Sean Royce

          What the fuck are you on about cunt?

        • NinoBr0wn

          Lmao

      • Sean Royce

        Sony has one of the best UI's out there. I personally love it. This will be my next phone most likely.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      It should be totally epic as long as the viewing angle is good. I hope it's like on the Z Compact (or Z1 Compact, whatever it's called)

      • dora

        fuck off, u communist vietnamese dog. rn't u censored in ur shit communist country?

      • someone755

        Z1S is shorter :3

        • Akshay

          The Z1 Compact (basically Z1 mini) is different than the Z1S (basically T-Mobile version of the Z1)

          • someone755

            Though pretty much everyone knows what it's about.
            It's the same phone, inside and out. It's not like GS3 with the International, AT&T, T-mo etc versions.

      • kekkojoker90

        i see a preview of this phone in my country and the reviewer say this exact word "the viewing angle is surprisingly good"
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJkH1fyAIro

        at 1:31

        • buddaboy

          wow the presenter speaks fast.

          • kekkojoker90

            yeah but had to raise the pace because of the queue

    • dora

      it's better than shamesung! but lagdroid is not our choice!

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      And immersive mode for home screen!

      • Oğuz Can Ayverdi

        Transparent bars are not immersive mode.

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Oh right, it's transculent bars

    • LondonLeedsFan

      I'd be tempted with a Sony but have had really bad past software problems with them.. constantly having to factory reset and remove battery as it froze etc. to the point that I got rid and bought a new phone.. Anyone have these problems these days? Wouldn't touch a Sony until I was convinced otherwise.

  • SupersonicTree

    it is a really beautiful phone.
    i wish sony would cut a little prices to really push their phones into markets, and make them more available to purchase (in my country its almost impossible to buy one).
    also, i hope this screen is better than z1 screen

    • Martin

      Where are you from?

  • Someone

    I think the Z2 has LED display not LCD.

    • Mandeep Singh

      Not led display
      Led backlit lcd display

      • dora

        Not shamesung toy, please, not lagdroid either!

        • usaff22

          Will you ever go away?

          • Ror

            When his mom tells him to go to bed.

          • dora

            Here comes another paid troll from the f***** samsung! U r too blind to see the fact that lag DOES exist in andorid :(

          • Ror

            Hell, at least Samsung pays me good.

          • dora

            i won't, unless shamesung stops cheating us!

    • dora

      I think shamesung still uses the same shit plastic again. :(

      • Ark

        Jesus, stop with that shit. I'm cringing so hard at you trying that shamesung idiocy

        • dora

          how about shameusng? will it ever stop using cheap plastic? come back when it's gonna happen!

  • Martin

    Never had Sony and never thought of getting one.. But now I will thing again... Let's see what Sammy will show tonight (In my country Bulgaria 7:00 p.m) and will decide :-)))

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Yay, no more glass back!

    • dora

      no more plastic toy from shamesung, please!

      • Matt Kneale

        Shut up about Samsung. You're replying to almost every comment; do you work for Apple?

        • Ror

          Last time I checked Apple employees salaries were high enough where getting paid to write negative comments wasn't on their work itinerary.

          • dora

            Samsung and Google are both devils, they don't
            care about how lag does exist in their cheap plastic toys. I feel ashamed for samsheep! :(

        • dora

          No, i just give u advice. Since samsung didn't care about their sheep, I would like to file a petition to fight the lag in android as long as i can. Join me and stand up together !!!

          • mateor

            OK!

    • Ror

      The achilles heel of the Nexus 4.

      • NinoBr0wn

        Never was a problem for me.

    • Plastic or glass

      Have you seen drop tests on the Z1? It holds up really well. Shatter proof they say. it kinda looked like it was on the drop tests.

  • pinoydealph

    that bezel..

    • dora

      that cheap palstic toy from shamesung!

  • Mandeep Singh

    The top and bottom bezel are still too much

    • Sourabh Sekhar

      So will that stop you buying the phone?

      • dora

        yes, i will stop buying shamesung toy!

    • dora

      the ugliest phone is shamesung gaylaxy!

    • Ror

      I'm sure Sony is greatly interested in the other place you'd put the internals instead, then.

      • dora

        I'm sure ur blind and brainwashed by shamesung and lagdroid!

        • Ror

          Yeah, but I just get paid to write positive comments for them. Its really just for the money, kid. Don't worry your head over this stuff.

  • hocestquisumus

    Sony's a little inflationary when it comes to the sheer amount of new smartphones and the frequency of flagships. This is more of a Z1 refresh rather than a new beast. That's totally OK. The Xperias are by far my favorite mobile products but Sony still sucks at marketing.

  • Ark

    >It uses a Snapdragon 400 processor (1.2Ghz, quad-core), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and an 8MP rear camera. The screen is a crowd-pleasing 4.7 inches, but the 960x540 display is a step below competitors.

    What the fuck. There are basically the same specs as every dual sim out there, and I can't think of a reason why it should be like that. What about two sims makes the phone garbage?

    • Scott

      It's the display. Chances are the Moto G will be cheaper and it's already available.

    • h4rr4r

      Dual sim phones are generally targeted at the third world. That means they will reduce the specs to decrease the price.

  • Godspoken

    Now announce a 6.4" Z2 Ultra, please!

  • godutch

    Beautiful phone, pretty good specs but sony needs to update their icons make them less glossy less round

    • Jamin

      Not a big issue. Just use a third party launcher.

      • godutch

        I meant for their own apps, you will still see them in the app drawer

        • My name is….

          What a fallback.

  • Jörgen Pettersson

    So, when can we expect the Z2 Compact?

  • Paul Tobeck

    Not sure why I read these Sony announcements since this will never be on Verizon.
    C'mon Sony, cut a deal already.

    • Job For A [S]unjay

      Fast forward to now. Z3v

  • simp1istic

    How is "Z2" a disappointing name, it's totally coherent and much much much better than something like "The New One" or "Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 Edition"

  • h4rr4r

    Please let there be a google play version of this.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Front-facing speakers, huh? This will make this vs. the M8 even more difficult.

  • George Av

    SONY please don't fuck up the camera like you did on your 2013 smartphones they sucked in almost every aspect in comparison to the S4 and iphone 5s

  • Badouken

    I would be down to get this as my next phone if the S5 ends up disappointing me... too bad this probably wont come to Verizon...

    • buddaboy

      Are you getting the Z2 now then? :)

      • Badouken

        Its at the top of my list now! If It comes to Verizon I might just have to get it!!! My phone is eligible for an upgrade till August though so maybe someone else might catch my eye by then.

        • buddaboy

          Probably the Z3 by then ! :-D

  • TheLastAngel

    Why can't they make a water proof micro USB port? Put some thought into it, Sony!

  • Jase Mase

    Please have a MicroSD slot!!!!!

  • Nicholas Polydor

    With the Z2, was there any mention of 1. Qi wireless charging, 2. Google Play Edition, or 3. LTE-Advanced (presumably Cat 4 150Mbps rather than Cat 6 300Mbps) on the D6503 variant: http://developer.sonymobile.com/2014/02/24/sonys-best-ever-premium-smartphone-has-arrived-xperia-z2-20-7mp-camera-4k-recording-5-2-display-quad-core-waterproof-video/

  • http://rayshq.com/ Ray

    Apparently the GS5 was released as well... and Sony just squashed it like an ant with the Z2.

    It actually makes the GS5 look rather insignificant IMO.

  • ANGELO RAMOS

    No verizon again. You would think a company facing bankruptcy would have the foresight to release this amazing phone on the U.S.'s largest carrier.
    Ive been waiting to add a sony phone to my sony collection but sadly I wont be able to have a sony phone again.

  • kstagg

    Geebus - when will it be released in US? Me want. Now.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    That Z2 is one sharp looking phone. But I wish I could slap LG's build of Android on it. A 4x4 grid is a waste of a 5+ inch screen, it should be 5x5.

    Then again there's always Cyanogen...

  • Andy

    The Sony Xperia Z1 was a powerful device and the Xperia Z2 takes things
    up a mark, making this one of the most powerful Android handsets around.
    And if you have decided to become a proud owner of this device, perhaps you’re in the market for a solid and beautiful protection case as well.

    http://9cases.com/2014/03/10-best-and-beautiful-sony-xperia-z2-cases/

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