Verizon Begins Training Employees for Launch of Sony Xperia Z2 (Updated)

No matter how many times Sony denies it, leaks have the Xperia Z2 pegged as a Verizon exclusive on American shores. When it will exactly hit retail, however, is another matter entirely.

Thanks to new information courtesy of PhoneArena, there is reason to hope that a launch is just around the corner. A screenshot of a Verizon employee training module shows an online course for the Xperia Z2. That’s a far cry from confirmation, but could be a sign that an announcement is imminent.  (more…)

Xperia Z2 Reportedly Headed to Verizon in Q4 as the Sony Sirius Viv, Certification Cited as Reason for Delay

The US market may not be Sony’s priority, but mounting evidence suggests the Xperia Z2 may make its way to at least one stateside carrier in Q4. Press images of a Verizon-branded variant of the Z2 showed up twice on Sony’s website last month, and despite vehement denials by company spokespeople, @evleaks revealed yesterday that the Z2 may launch on Big Red as the Sony Sirius Viv (D6503).  (more…)

Deal: Sony Xperia Z2 Just $599 Through eBay

Sony’s newest flagship to not come to America, the Xperia Z2 (hands-on here), is available today through eBay for only $599.99. The device typically retails for around $799.99, making this deal good for $200 off the sticker price. Not too shabby, eBay.

You have your choice of colors – Black, White, and Purple, with all models sporting 16GB of storage, 20MP rear-facing camera, 5.2″ 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, NFC, microSD slot, and come running Android 4.4.2.  (more…)

Deal: Unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 for $672 Through eBay

Since the Sony Xperia Z2 is not coming to the US any time soon, those of you who want to purchase this year’s flagship from Sony are going to have to either import it or buy an unlocked model from a reseller. Neither is an affordable option. Importing from the UK could run you upward of $900, while most of the unlocked resellers in the US have the price of the Xperia Z2 set no lower than $750. That’s a lot of cash for a smartphone.

But, if you really, really want the Xperia Z2, then you may want to rush over to eBay today for the best price I have seen to date. Through a daily deal, you can pick up the device for $672.98, which includes free expedited shipping. That’s almost $100 less than most resellers. That may even be cheaper than what Sony will sell it for on its own website later this summer(more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

As promised, after comparing the Sony Xperia Z2 to the HTC One (M8), we have another comparison of Sony’s 2014 flagship to the Samsung Galaxy S5. At this point in time, until LG and Motorola give us something to talk about, these are the three phones of 2014 that you should all be curious about. While Sony’s won’t arrive in the US for another couple of months, it has generally received praise from anyone who has put their hands on it, which includes us.

So in this clip, we are following a similar format to the previous comparison. You will hear general thoughts on the differences between each phone, how their specs compare, see how their displays look side-by-side, which Android skin we prefer, and ultimately, which of the two (or three) is our favorite phone thus far.

Our full review is on the way, along with what we are hoping is an epicly long camera comparison of the One (M8), Z2, and Galaxy S5. For now, watch the video below and then let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to see.  (more…)