SAN FRANCISCO — Sony introduced the Xperia Z2 at Mobile World Congress this week, highlighting the handset as the company’s flagship smartphone for advanced multimedia. CEO Kunimasa Suzuki touted the Android-based Xperia Z2 as “the best of Sony.”
“With Xperia Z2 we have taken our premium Z series to the next level,” he said in a release.
While Ovum Senior Analyst Nick Dillon called the Xperia Z2 and Tablet Z2 “modest updates,” he said Sony’s success in mobile is crucial.
“It needs to continue to prioritize this over its other businesses. As we move toward a world of multiscreen experiences, Sony’s other assets will become more important, but mobile will remain the primary touchpoint with consumers,” Dillion wrote.
Sony's Xperia Z2 is designed for multimedia. Source: Sony
Sony is just one of several large companies trying to make news out of the 2014 MWC show in Spain this year. While much of the buzz has centered on Nokia and Samsung, the $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone has also made some waves.
However, Sony focused the most on its flagship products.
Suzuki said Sony has “redefined the smartphone once again through our camera” -- with 20.7 megapixels and 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor. The waterproof, 8.2mm thin smartphone also features 4K video resolution on a 5.2 inch LED display, which is slightly bigger than its predecessor Xperia Z1. Xperia also offers digital noise cancelling technology to reduce up to 98% of ambient noise.
“Design refinements, improved screens, and 4K video capture are clearly incremental improvement,” Dillon continued. “This not necessarily a bad thing, given that the smartphone market has matured to such a point where transformational innovations are hard to come by, and Sony used last month’s CES to showcase its more innovative products.”
Xperia Z2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor, which features an Adreno 330 GPU and a dual ISP for seamless camera and display experience. The handset also has 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs and 4G LTE with a 3200 mAh battery. Sony highlighted the phone’s STAMINA mode, which automatically turns off functions in standby.
“The flagship devices are an embodiment of the ‘One Sony’ vision set out by president and CEO Kazuo Hirai two years ago,” Dillion added. “Mr. Hirai has finally managed to make Sony worth more than the sum of its parts – something that evaded his predecessor, Howard Stringer, during his seven-year tenure.”
— Jessica Lipsky, Associate Editor, EE Times