Sony has announced two new mobile devices that are expected to be released in the Japanese market. The first device is called the Xperia Z2 and is an Android tablet with a 10.1-inch display that comes in two versions. One version comes with Wi-Fi connectivity while another comes with an additional LTE/3G connectivity. The second device is called the Xperia ZL2 and is an Android smartphone that uses a Full HD 5-inch display.
Xperia ZL2 Smartphone
The Xperia ZL2 Android smartphone is a device that has uses a 5-inch full-HD LCD Triluminos Display with a Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 and X-Reality. It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AB) quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz. It comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded using a microSD.
This device comes with a 20.7MP rear camera that features a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with Bionz image processing technology. It is able to record 4K (3840×2160 pixels) videos. The device also comes with a 3.1MP front facing camera.
Other features of this device are a 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 3000mAh battery.
The Xperia ZL2 bears several similarities with the previously release Xperia Z2 smartphone. Aside from having a smaller display its other difference is its use of a slightly lower 3000mAh battery.
Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Xperia Z2 tablet is a waterproof device that is thin and light. It comes with an IP58 certification which means that it is able to withstand being under 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes without getting water damaged. It measures only 6.55mm thick making it one of the thinnest 10.1-inch tablets available in the market. In comparison the iPad Air measures 7.5mm while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 measures 7.9mm. It is also one of the lightest of its class weighing only 430g compared to the iPad Air which weighs 469g or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that weighs 540g.
The first thing consumers will notice about this device is that it has a rather large bezel. While the newly released devices in the market now comes with thin bezels Sony seems bring back the old ways of making tablets. The bezel however is offset by the beautiful 10.1-inch display that has a resolution of 1,920×1,200 pixels (224ppi). Despite being lower than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 that has a 1,600×2,560 pixel screen (299ppi) or the iPad Air that has 1,536x 2,049 pixels (264ppi) in its 9.7-inch screen the Xperia Z2 comes with Triluminos and X-Reality technologies that enhances images on the screen.
A pair of speakers can be found at the front of the device creating a stereo effect and is surprisingly loud. It comes with Sony’s virtual surround technology, S-Force , that enhances the audio experience.
Both the Xperia ZL2 and the Xperia Z2 are expected to become available in the Japanese market this coming August. There’s no information yet if the ZL2 will become available internationally.