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Sony Announces New Flagships for 2014 – Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Mobile World Congress is now in full swing, which means the press releases and product announcements have flooded in over night. First up, as we close in on Samsung’s big event this afternoon, we have Sony’s two new flagship products for 2014, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Both products will look quite familiar, as they carry Sony’s style and design throughout, but with upgraded specs in all of the right places, these should be their best mobile products yet.

Let’s talk about each. 

Xperia Z2

The Xperia Z2 is an absolute beast in terms of specs and features, let’s just hope that Sony can deliver it all as a premium package. On paper, it certainly looks like they shouldn’t have a problem doing that.

In terms of major specs, you are looking at a 5.2-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display (1080p), 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 20.7 MP “Exmor RS for mobile” CMOS image sensor, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for more, 4G LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20), and a 3,200mAh battery.

The display is supposed to be their brightest and most vivid yet, the camera shoots in 4K (plus a bunch of other new modes), is dust and waterproof at IP55 & IP58, has stereo speakers with digital noise canceling tech, and a battery that should last you through at least a full day or two.

The device will launch globally in March.

Press release | Specs

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Xperia Z2 Tablet

If you thought the Xperia Z2 sounded impressive, then the Z2 Tablet won’t disappoint either. You are looking at a 10.1-inch display (1920 x 1200), 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 8.1MP camera, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot for more, is waterproof and dust resistant at IPX5/IPX8, has digital noise canceling, and somehow sports a 6.4mm thin body.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet launches globally in March.

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  • Everything sounds awesome until you read “16gb internal memory” and see that only T-Mobile carries it. 1) Your flagship device should at LEAST have that option for more internal memory and 2) T-Mobile’s coverage in my area… SUCKS.

    Total PlayStation guy here… simply unable to make the jump.

  • mberk

    Kellen, a recent article on Cnet suggests that Sony isn’t sure if the Z2 is coming to the US (http://www.cnet.com/news/sony-xperia-z2-high-demand-pushes-general-sale-date-into-may/)…though I could be wrong. Do you have any new info on the Z2 phone?

  • pjcamp

    16 GB is a beast of very tiny brain.

  • John

    I have a dumb question about the tablet. I realize it says global launch in March and yes realize the US is on the globe. On the Sony website, it shows the Z2 tablet on the global page but if you specify the US the z2 is no longer shown. I only want the wifi edition so am I going to be able to get it?

  • Zachary Vincent Manning

    If it doesn’t come to verizon then i will be raging hard core, possibly the nicest phone made to date and it will probably get stuck and held back on tmobile. What a damn shame if that happens

  • Zander_206

    The Z2 is one sexy piece of hardware and specs to go with it! Come to Verizon and this will definitely be my next phone. Big props to Sony!!

  • drparty

    And the Z2 Ultra? Where is that?

    • Andrew Koh

      Agree. There’s a space between 6 and 7 inches high end phone (with stylus or able to use any pencil) that is unoccupied.

  • TC Infantino

    I’ll take one of each! I really wish the Z2 phone would be available on VZW. That thing looks like a beast.

    • jp

      I would love this phone on VZW as well. But how would it release on Verizon? It doesn’t have CDMA antenna. Am I missing anything?


    Holy smokes, I was considering a Galaxy S5 for an upgrade from my S3 butttttttttt i’m more big on recording videos, I think this would go great instead!!! Mmmmm if it indeed comes to Verizon, sorry samsung :)!

  • Dave

    will this come to att?

    • Nope. T-Mobile forever and always. 🙂

  • M3D1T8R

    Wow, Sony making Samsung look like trash. I think over 5″ display makes a phone too big, a mistake both Sony and Samsung are making (following LG), but damn this looks good. Hopefully they massively improved the display quality. Also the SD slot is great, but I still say any flagship in 2014 should come with 32GB internal minimum. Still, liking Sony’s designs a lot. Maybe one day we’ll get one on Verizon so I can seriously consider it.

  • JBartcaps

    I have Verizon Edge and can upgrade from my Moto X in March and am considering trying out the iPhone but if the Z2 can come to Verizon at the same time as the other carriers then I’m definitely getting it.

    • Asmodai

      I don’t believe Sony will ever put CDMA radios in their phones. Since Verizon still uses CDMA for Voice and even once they move voice to LTE (VoLTE) they’ll likely require a CDMA fall-back for a while Sony won’t be releasing phones on Verizon anytime soon. Once Verizon’s network supports LTE+ ONLY devices though I’m sure Sony would love to sell you a device.

      • JBartcaps

        I’m pretty sure Evleaks mentioned it will find its way to Verizon, that’s my only hope right now lol

        • Asmodai

          I hope they’re right but I’m not holding my breath. I think that’s based off the fact it has the required LTE bands so technically it could go on Verizon’s network as long as you stay in LTE coverage and Verizon allows for VoLTE (which they are rolling out). I think by policy though they aren’t going to sell LTE only devices to customers for a while because they don’t want to deal with people getting mad when then get dropped because they went to a CDMA-only region. MAYBE they’ll let you bring your own device and hop on their LTE but again I wouldn’t hold my breath. I hope I’m wrong though, I think Sony makes great phones and I’m on Verizon myself. I personally would LOVE to have an Xperia Z1 Compact and would glady use it in LTE only areas if I can get VoLTE on it since I live in a high coverage area. Again though, not holding my breath.

          • JBartcaps

            Yeah I’m starting to love what Sony is doing but have never had the chance to actually own one 🙁

          • Zander_206

            I’m holding my breath the whole way till launch on Verizon, even it kills me from never coming. This is for sure the phone I been waiting on. I got the PS4 on launch day, actually how I’m checking DL now, and it doesn’t disappoint; definitely a beast!!! I’m sure Sony’s phone will be the same. I know in my eyes the Z2 is one sexy piece of hardware.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    This is my next. If it works with AT&T and their GoPhone plans. Don’t see why not.

    • It will never come to AT&T. Sony phones have always been exclusive with T-Mobile. Sorry.

  • infemuss

    i know its a long shot. but PLEASE VERIZON. ill Leave Samsung. i swear.

    • morteum

      It does say LTE bands 13 and 4…

    • JP

      How would it release on Verizon? It doesn’t have CDMA antenna. Am I missing anything? I would love to have this phone, but I thought it was GSM only.

  • jwildman16

    My GNex is still going strong, but it’s getting to be about that time. So far I’m looking at this or the G2 successor. When is the Moto MAXX due for an update?

    • vcsg01

      Mine isn’t….haha

  • mondaykiz

    Just get a Z2 Compact to Verizon and you have my money

    • infemuss

      eww, you basic.

  • chris_johns

    damn…i really love sonys designs n quality n what they do….but i just wish that phone had a smaller bezels all around…screen that size with that bezel will be a really large device to hold…to big for my taste i probably will never buy a phone larger then the moto x

  • Intellectua1

    Dang Sony kill the Bezel on that Tablet…

    • chris_johns

      tablets need bezel…their not phones…their for two hand use

      • Intellectua1

        Good point, I don’t own one so I never thought of that…

      • jamie

        Hate holding my iPad Mini because of no bezel. Looks great, but sucks for reading.

  • Louis Justman

    Which carriers will this hit?

  • Jonathan Bunch

    if this make verizon as rumored it will be nice, unless its 6 months from now

    • Steven Kelley

      I’m about due for a new upgrade, and I have little interest in all of the other phones that just released or are about to be released. If it takes Verizon till September, I’ll gladly wait.

  • Daniel Walsh

    The Z2 is awesome. It’s a worthy upgrade from the Z1.

  • BK

    I too would love to jump on the GPE bandwagon for this one, well if I had an extra G note laying around. This one will not come cheap without some Google intervention

  • James Briano

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    • Miguel

      I Nexus this Z2 body…
      My only problem with Sony it’s that they take too long to bring this phones to the US and when they do they only bring it to one carrier, they need to step up and bring it to all carriers.

      • Al-Burrit0

        The article does state it is coming globally in March so there is that. As long it just the doesn’t come to TMO only. I think Sony got themselves a keeper 🙂

        • akhnaten

          I thought Sony announced a few months ago that they aren’t releasing phones specifically for the US. Wouldn’t that mean TMO and AT&T at best?

          • Al-Burrit0

            Well hopefully not just in two carriers, but if it were to happen I can’t complain per say since i am on att. Haha

          • Well lookie here, March is almost over and this phone IS NOT IN USA! March means it’s released in Taiwan, April in Australia, May in Europe, and 2 months later it’ll be released in North America to T-mobile only. Hahahahhaha. Good luck waiting fools.

          • flipicaneze

            I just looked up the specs and it looks like it will work on Tmo and AT&T LTE. One thing that kept me away from Z1 was the incompatibility issue with any USA carrier.


        • Wolf0491

          They are generally always available unlocked from their website when they say that. otherwise does take forever get onto US carriers.

    • JMonkeYJ

      This is the first non-Nexus/GPE edition phone that has tempted me in ages simply because their skin is pretty lightweight, and Sony’s camera software is ridiculously good. The (major) downside is that Sony is not quick with updates, but maaayyyybeee I can live with that….

  • chriskeo

    So it has LTE bands 4 and 13…

    • Cael

      evleaks said it would find a home on Verizon…

      • LiterofCola

        Let’s hope

      • M3D1T8R

        Wow that would be awesome. Imagine this Sony Z2, the new HTC One, and a new Moto X all to compete on Verizon with that garbage GS5. Hope it’s true!

      • JP

        How would it release on Verizon? It doesn’t have CDMA antenna. Am I missing anything?

        • Cael

          Sony can put one in…

  • Bruce Wayne

    Still waiting on a sony xperia z ultra 2. I love my z ultra. I am ready for an LED flash on the back and a bigger screen with smaller bezels. Along with front facing speakers and hopefully a built-in stylus.

    • Intellectua1

      I loved the Z Ultra too, too bad it didn’t come to the US. They won’t throw a stylus in it because one of the top features was you can write on it with anything, plus it’d compromise the slimness. Front facing speakers seem to be an LG thing nobody dares to copy (plus may also kill the waterproof certs) but LED Jesus yes that should have been standard..

  • Zoloft_User

    Dat Bezel.

    • The Narrator

      Makes up for it in features

  • shelderman

    looks good but no phone or tablet should come with less than 32 gb nowadays. Having to load games on the internal, 16 gb is way too low.

    • Radgatt

      SD card

      • shelderman

        you can’t put apps on the sd card hence my comment. After the software, you really only have about 9 gb free. Some games are over 1 gb now.

        • Al-Burrit0

          They added that SD card slot because you WILL need it with that 20.7 mp camera!!

        • Wolf0491

          Sony software is nothing like touchwiz. I had over 13GB free on my Z when it came ot box. not saying 32 wouldn’t be nice though

  • paul_cus

    Looks good, Sony. I still want that Z1 Compact, though.

    • Al-Burrit0

      Z2 Compact with same specs! MY GOSH!! *o*

  • MK17

    I wish the Z would have had LTE or been priced more like the MotoX. If one of those were true, I would have been much more likely to buy it.

  • Cory_S

    Looks like the cut down the bezels a lot. Hopefully the viewing angle issue shave been resolved.

    • Daniel Walsh

      It looks it has.

  • Al-Burrit0

    Nice Sony stepping it up!!

    • Daniel Walsh

      Sony has been really impressive lately.

      • Al-Burrit0

        Yea they are coming along nicely. I know most people like the round edges but i personally still like the square edges. Hopefully this phones becomes a hit. We need more competition!

        • chris_johns

          yeah…i was always a fan of the boxy look…felt industrial and manly…just my opinion…one main reason i was always a fan of motos phones

          • Al-Burrit0

            Lol same here. the reason i been a fan of moto(not because it was a google company). I always loved the design of the OG Android Razr!! When the moto x first came out i did not like the round look of it, but know it has grown on me 🙂

    • The Narrator

      Yeah, they definitely know what we want. And finally getting a good screen that will forsure blow away the competition without raising resolution, I’m excited.

      • Al-Burrit0

        The best thing about the Z2 is that it don’t come with any gimmicks. Because it don’t need it. It just straight up raw power!! 🙂 Puts my Moto X to shame 😐

    • Ryan

      Ya but the software is ok imo. The screen of the Z1s is washed out and the camera should take way better pictures.

      • Al-Burrit0

        Yea i agree I know their skin isn’t that awesome but better than a Touch Wiz Ui right? I agree on the camera that they should be better considering Sony make awesome cameras! Maybe they improved it on this version?!

      • The Narrator

        They fixed that with the Z2. Even had iPhone fan boys loving it.

  • Suman Gandham

    Think I’ve just found my next phone… if a GPE version is announced, I may soil myself with excitement… 😐