Back for another round, Sony? Let's do it: the Sony Xperia Z family got a new member at Mobile World Congress today with the new Sony Xperia Z2. Here's everything it can do.
The Xperia Z2 is packing a 1920x1080p, 5.2-inch Full HD screen with both TRILUMINOUS Display technology and Sony's proprietary X-Reality engine from its BRAVIA TV line for better colour and image reproduction. It's also got a 20.7-megapixel camera with a mobile CMOS sensor and the ability to capture 4K video.
Unlike a lot of Android handsets being released these days, the Z2 is mercifully running Google Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Sony will likely still throw its own Android skin at the device, however. We'll have to see how it runs when we go hands-on later.
On the inside you've got a 2.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor keeping everything ticking over, with a whopping 3GB of RAM and a 3200mAh battery to keep everything ticking.
The phone is still waterproof, but this time it comes with the IPX-5 rating, which means it's protected against "water jets" rather than just splashes. It's also still dust protected too.
Sony continues to draw on its many different businesses and their products to throw cool stuff into the Xperia devices. For example, the phone now has digital noise cancelling tech from the audio business which purports to let users listen to music even in high-volume external environments.
The audio business has also kicked in a new stereo microphone for high-quality sound recording on videos. Given Sony's push towards high-resolution audio, it comes as no surprise that it's lifting the standard for audio across the company.
The camera business has kicked in a 1/2.3-type Exmor RS sensor with the ability to capture images and videos at 4K (3840x2160) thanks to "advanced video mode. There's also a new SteadyShot system which keeps everything on the level while shooting.
Speaking of the camera, TimeShift Video mode allows you to capture 120fps slow-motion video, as well as support for Vine out of the box.
The Xperia Z2 manages to pack all that in to a phone which measures just 8.2mm thin. Pretty impressive.
Both Telstra and Vodafone will carry the device locally. We'll have more info about an Australian release soon. Stay tuned.