Updated: Sony Xperia Z2 release date, news and rumors

Updated: Sony Xperia Z2 release date, news and rumors

Sony loves a flagship smartphone and, if current rumors ring true, the Japanese firm is lining up its third in just over a year in the form of the Sony Xperia Z2.

January 2013 saw the arrival of the Xperia Z at CES in Las Vegas, which was followed in September 2013 by the Xperia Z1 at IFA in Berlin – and now we’re hearing that the Xperia Z2 will arrive at MWC 2014 at the end of February.

Compare Sony’s product cycle to the likes of Samsung or Apple – where we see an annual reboot of real flagships such as the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S – and you start wondering whether the Japanese firm has gone mad, or perhaps is onto something.

  • Read our Sony Xperia Z1 review

We’ve rounded up all the latest news, leaks and rumors surrounding the Xperia Z2 to bring you a comprehensive overview of what you may be able to expect from the phone.

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Cut to the chase
What is it? Sony’s next flagship smartphone, the follow up to the Xperia Z1
When is it out? Rumors suggest an unveiling at MWC 2014
What will it cost? As a flagship phone it will have a hefty price tag

Sony Xperia Z2 release date and price

There were rumors suggesting the Sony Xperia Z2 would be outed at CES 2014, but instead we were given the Xperia Z1 Compact and a US variant of the Xperia Z1.

April 2014 has also been mooted as a potential Xperia Z2 release date, but this date now appears to have gone cold.

This means all eyes are now on MWC 2014, with perennial leaker @evleaks tipping the codenamed Sony Sirius handset for a show appearance.

  • Here’s what else to expect from MWC 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 display

According to Xperia Z2 specs leaked online, the handset is in line for a stunning 5.2-inch display – up from the 5-inch screen on the Xperia Z1 – and, if true, it would mean the Z2 would match the LG G2 in terms of size.

With a rumored 506ppi, 2K screen, the Xperia Z2 will smash its rivals with its 2560 x 1440 resolution, with the G2 mustering 424ppi and the Xperia Z1 rocking 441ppi full HD solutions.

  • Read our LG G2 review

Sony Xperia Z2 power

While the 2K screen will stand out, when it comes to power things appear to be a little less exciting with reports centering around the same 2.3GHz quad-core processor which you’ll find in the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact.

That’s not to say the Xperia Z2 will be under-powered – far from it in fact – but we were hoping to see perhaps an octa-core chip inside the next Sony powerhouse. Of course that is still possible, we’ll just have to wait and see.

In terms of RAM inside the Xperia Z2 it seems the handset is inline for a boost here, with 3GB apparently on the cards.

Sony Xperia Z2 operating system

Initially it looked like the Xperia Z2 might launch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean after a variety of screenshots made their way onto the XDA Developers forum, but fresher leaks suggest we could be in for a KitKat treat.

As well as Android 4.4 KitKat at its heart, a new set of screenshots also reveal a huge range of new features apparently destined for the Sony Xperia Z2 including; double tap to wake the screen, 4K video recording, a variety of camera modes, smart controls, a choice of homescreen launchers and more.

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Sony Xperia Z2 camera

Sony always likes to make a bit of a song and dance about the cameras on its phones, and to be fair it’s got a pretty strong track record.

Strangely though, leaked specs for the Xperia Z2 are pointing to the same 20.7MP camera as you get in the Z1.

This is by no means a bad thing, but with the same camera and processor the Xperia Z2 is beginning to look like a screen-bump update rather than a whole new device.

A good sign for phone photographers though is word that Sony will replace the LED flash with a Xenon offering, which provides a better balance of light for more natural shots.

Leaked screen grabs claiming to be from the Sony Xperia Z2 point towards the phone’s ability to shoot 4K video, timeshifted photos and various creative effects – giving us a veritable buffet of features to choose from.

Sony Xperia Z2 additional specs

What else have we heard about the Sony Xperia Z2? Well, apparently it’ll come running the last version of Google’s mobile platform – Android 4.4 KitKat – but expect this is be covered in Sony’s own interface layer.

  • Read our Android 4.4 KitKat review

Battery is also said to be getting a boost, up from 3000mAh to 3700mAh, but with more RAM and a larger and higher resolution display you might not actually see any extra life from the juice pack.

We may even have a glimpse of the Xperia Z2 after images claiming to show the handset with a thinner bezel and larger display appeared online. It certainly looks like a Sony smartphone.

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Further image leaks suggest the Xperia Z2 will have a seriously slender bezel down either side of its screen, but the exceptionally blurry nature of the shots in question don’t exactly fill us with confidence.

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