Back in April of last year, I reviewed the Sony Xperia Z smartphone, falling in love with what Sony was able to achieve with the Android-powered smartphone. Even back then, I said that "I would find it hard to believe that anyone could buy the Xperia Z and be disappointed in it, but I think Sony has a little while yet before they have the name that Samsung has in the competitive smart device market".
Well, Sony's time has come - between my review of the Xperia Z, Sony has released the Z1, and now the Z2, something that I have come to find is one of the best Android-powered smartphones I've used yet, even when it's up against LG's G3 smartphone, the one that features a 2560x1440 display.
Sony amplified things with the Xperia Z2, from its specs to display, and everything in between. Let's dive right into the specifications of the Z2.
Sony has done a little bit of work on the Xperia Z2 internals, with a beautiful 5.2-inch Full HD "TRILUMINOS" display with X-Reality - this is a bunch of words that simply mean it has a gorgeous 1920x1080 display.
Moving on with the specs, we have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 SoC, which sees a 2.3GHz quad-core processor doing all of the heavy work, with 3GB of RAM to keep everything running smoothly. We have 16GB of internal storage (with around 11GB free), which is expandable by microSD right up to 128GB, 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and more.
We have a very, very capable 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, which is capable of shooting 4K video and taking massive 5248x3936 resolution pictures, taking 1080p@60FPS and 720p@120FPS video. The 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera is surprisingly good for those selfies and video calls.
All of this arrives in a phone that not only looks great, but feels great. We have measurements of 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.3mm (or 5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches). It weighs just 163g (or 5.75oz), so it feels quite light to hold in your hand. One of the more important things that the Xperia Z2 has going for it is the massive 3200mAh battery that just keeps on keeping on, all through the day. It's non-removable, but it's great to see Sony cramming in a giant battery, without making the phone much thicker.
You can get the Sony Xperia Z2 on Amazon outright for $625 completely unlocked, which is a good price. It is only $35 more than the Samsung Galaxy S5 - and that's not bad considering the marketing pull Samsung has against Sony in the smartphone market.