MWC 2014: Sony Xperia Z2, Tablet Z2, M2 hands-on

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The Xperia Z2, as expected, boasts a slightly bigger screen, slightly faster chipset and, at long last, 4K video recording.

The biggest change in the Xperia Z2 Tablet is the new chipset – Snapdragon 800 with 3GB RAM, up from an S4 Pro. The new tablet also has a higher water resistance rating and is even thinner and lighter.

Then there’s the Xperia M2, a mid-range 4.8″ Android phone. It’s not water-resistant like its siblings, but still has the specs to go after the Moto G.

Update: the video demos are up!

The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s first flagship device of 2014. We received a quick demo of the smartphone and we also spent time with it ourselves:

The Sony Xperia Z2 takes after the Z1 (which is to say it looks hot), but it has a larger screen – a 5.2″ Triluminos display. The display has 1080p resolution, despite all the rumors of QHD screens at the MWC. The sharpness is great though and Sony has used the same tech for the screen as it does for its TVs.

5.2″ Triluminos screen

The camera features a 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor and Sony has finally enabled 4K video recording @ 30fps (aka 2160p). You can use digital zoom during video recording, but we’ve yet to see if it’s as good as the Note 3’s.

Some new camera modes include 120fps slow-motion (at 720p resolution) and Background Defocus, and Vine is pre-installed.

The Xperia Z2 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sony’s customizations, which have gotten a reputation of minimal but functional changes to Android. More interestingly, Sony uses Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon 801 chipset – an improved version of the already fast 800.

The Xperia Z2 little narrower and thinner than the Z1

Sony’s Z phones have never been the loudest round (the price to pay for water-proofing), but the Xperia Z2 features stereo speakers, so it might be better.

Sony continues to use its long process of carving a thin, light chassis out of a single slab of aluminum. The Xperia Z2 is 12g lighter than its predecessor. Here are the steps of the process:

Creating the Xperia Z2 body is a lengthy process

The larger screen led to a slight increase in size but that’s only in the vertical dimension, the Xperia Z2 is 2.4mm taller than the Z1, but a hair narrower and thinner. As before, the body has IP58 certification, so it can go as deep as 1.5m under water for half an hour..

So can other Sony products, there was an impressive presentation on that too:

The Sony Xperia Z2 comes with 16GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot. The slots and ports are covered by flaps to prevent water damage.

Speaking of ports, the microUSB 2.0 port features MHL and can output 4K video – now all you need is a 4K TV to watch the videos you’ve shot in their full glory.

Xperia Z2 camera samples

The Xperia Z2 camera follows the Z1 and Z1 Compact guidelines – 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor, 1/2.3″ big, Sony G Lens (f/2.0, 27mm wide angle). We couldn’t take the phone outside, but we still captured a sample photo:

Sony Xperia Z2 camera sample • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 camera sample

And we recorded a 4K video too. Here it is uploaded to YouTube, but you can also download it to avoid the extra compression. Keep in mind that your computer and video player need to be able to handle 4K video. If not, at least you can view the YouTube video at 1080p.

Xperia Z2 benchmarks

We had just enough time with the Z2 to run several of our usual benchmarks – this is our first encounter with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, so we didn’t know quite what to expect. The Xperia Z2 chipset is clocked at 2.3GHz and has 3GB of RAM, so it should do well against other flagships. It’s worth pointing out the device is still a month away from store shelves.

Running benchmarks on the Xperia Z2

We will repeat the benchmarks once we get more time with the Xperia Z2, but the GPU performance is quite impressive. .

AnTuTu 4

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  • Sony Xperia Z234986
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.434016
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (S800)33996
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition33198
  • Transformer Pad TF701T32991
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Exynos)32796
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 331109
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.124236
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z20216
  • LG Optimus G Pro20056
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)19131
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.017159
  • Google Nexus 1012695
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.09070

Geekbench 3

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  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact2968
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 32937
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra2670
  • Sony Xperia Z12638
  • Apple iPhone 5s2561
  • Sony Xperia Z22481
  • LG Nexus 52453
  • LG G Flex2254
  • LG G22243
  • HTC One1972
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)1869
  • HTC One mini887

GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

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  • Sony Xperia Z227.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.426
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 326
  • Apple iPad Air25
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (S800)25
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Exynos)22
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition22
  • Transformer Pad TF701T21
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)15
  • LG G Pad 8.315
  • Google Nexus 1013.9
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.17.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.04.0

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (1080p off-screen)

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  • Sony Xperia Z210.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 39.7
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact9
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.48.9
  • LG Nexus 58.5
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (S800)8.1
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Exynos)5.6
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 (Exynos)5.6

GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex (on-screen)

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  • Sony Xperia Z229.3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 327
  • Apple iPad Air21
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (S800)17
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.417
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Exynos)14
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition14


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  • Apple iPad Air373
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (Exynos)531
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition569
  • Transformer Pad TF701T606
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (S800)607
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4651
  • Sony Xperia Z2952
  • LG Optimus G Pro1011
  • Asus Nexus 7 (2013)1150
  • LG G Pad 8.31190
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.11233
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.01366
  • Google Nexus 71703
  • new Apple iPad1722
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.11891
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.71953
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus1992
  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.02253
  • Huawei MediaPad2490

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