It only seems like yesterday that the Sony Xperia Z1 hit the shelves, quickly followed by the announcement of the Z1 Compact. However it looks like Sony has been working its socks off, with the Sony Xperia Z2 on the cards for later this month.
But what can we expect from the Sony Xperia Z2? And how will it compare to the Xperia Z1?
A leaked video suggests the device will look like this- read on to discover more!
Recent blurry snaps of the Z2 show a remarkably large edge-to-edge display running the latest Sony user interface, which we will mention in more detail below.
The display is also set to measure a full 5.2” with triluminos technology, giving us a brilliantly sharp 2560x1440 resolution and packing 506ppi.
This basically means we’ll be treated to an extremely sharp and vivid display which is a step up from most of the best smartphones, which run on 1080p displays.
There is plenty of power being packed into the Xperia Z2, with a number of rumours focusing on the power behind the smartphone.
The Z2 could be one of the first smartphones to sport the fabled Snapdragon 805 chipset, boasting an improved speed compared to the now more commonly used 800 chipset.
In the RAM department we’re expecting 3GB, an upgrade from the 2GB we saw in the original Z1, giving the latest rendition the power of a phablet under its smartphone façade.
A quad-core 2.3GHz processor is also being rumoured for the Z2, helping boost processing speed and power to a higher level than the majority of other handsets on the market.
As many will be expecting, Android 4.4 KitKat will almost certainly be the operating system we’ll be seeing on the Z2. However, it will be laced with Sony’s Timescape user interface, which is set to host a brand new quick setting pull-down setting.
Larger icons will be the norm on the new UI, and a ‘What’s New?’ application also looks a lock for the latest version of the software.
One thing that was impressive in the Xperia Z1 was the 20.7 megapixel camera which adorned the back side of the handset.
But with the Z2 there is a rumoured 25 megapixel snapper in the works, which will no doubt improve on the already brilliant piece of kit we saw in the Z1.
4K video recording will also be making an appearance on the Z2 as well, essentially meaning that videos will be as defined as ever, being sharper than a HD display.
Another rumoured feature for the Xperia Z2 camera is a xenon flash, which first made an appearance on the Nokia Lumia 1020. This will make the camera far better quality in low-light situations.
Whilst the general design of the Z2 looks extremely similar to what we’ve seen on the Z1, there will be some very subtle changes.
The first noticeable change will be the thickness of the smartphone; it looks as though the Z1 has been on a diet, and has slimmed down by a pretty impressive 1.2mm.
The waterproof and dustproof aspects of the Z1 are being transferred across as well, ensuring that you can still take some snaps when you are at the beach- so long as it isn’t for more than 30 minutes!
another major change that the Xperia Z2 will sport is the type of glass thatthe smartphone will be made of. Whilst the scratch resistant glass we have on the Z1 does the job, Z2 rumours suggest the phone could boast Sapphire Glass.
This new style of glass is far stronger than regular glass, reducing the risk of shattering when it is dropped, something that we will always back heavily considering our clumsiness with phones.
One thing we do know is that the Xperia Z2 will be making an appearance at MWC.
But an actual release date is still shrouded in speculation; it could be just weeks after it is revealed or just over a month afterwards, so March or April would be your best bet.
If you are looking to pick up a Z2 on release SIM-free, you can expect to shell out approximately £500, but if a contract deal is more your cup of tea we could be seeing free handset deals start at around £37-£40.
Of course this is all speculation so could well change before we see the Xperia Z2, but it is definitely something worth noting if you fancy comparing prices for other upcoming or recently released models.
Written by Luke Hatfield