Sony has officially unveiled its latest Xperia Z2 product line at the Mobile World Congress 2014 event. We are talking about two ultra thin, ultra lightweight, waterproof tablet and smartphone devices.
The Xperia Z line has been a popular mobile phone and tablet series, but it has failed to really break through a market heavily dominated by other brands. Today, they are trying to wriggle in with a new, sleeker display and some impressive hardware meant to appear to the high end market.
Probably the more interesting of the two products is the tablet. To date, this is the slimmest tablet model to be released, and yet still pretty powerful when it comes to its hardware. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, with 2.3 GHz processor quad-core Krait CPU and Adreno 330 GPU.
The high resolution screen is a full 10.1″, which will make it a decent device for entertainment. Especially streaming movies and TV shows, which seems to be what they were going for. It also has an 8.1 MP camera, so it will be decent for taking photos and video. Though less impressive than some other brands that go all out on the camera, such as Samsung.
Next, we have the Xperia Z2 smartphone. It features the same processing chips and GPU capabilities as its tablet counterpart. The 5.2″ screen is exactly half the size as the other device, with 1920 x 1080 resolution. Making it one of the higher res smartphones currently on the market, though not the absolute highest.
Sony have introduced Digital Noise Canceling Technology, which they say gives the smartphone a more “immersive audio experience”. Which is an interesting idea, but how much impact it has on the quality of calls in hard to say. Chances are it was made more for the use of the phone as a mobile audio device, like a music player. Sony is an old staple in the portable audio industry, after all.
Both Xperia Z2 devices are being marketing mostly on their thinness, their light weight, their waterproof feature, and of course the 4K resolution and SteadyShot functions that make it a decent camcorder. Though they might have wanted to up the MP of the cameras, as well.
We will see these hit markets in March of this year, so just a couple of weeks. No word yet on price, though given past Xperia products we can assume it will be high, between $350 – $400 a piece.