Sony has had a busy Mobile World Congress, updating their line of smartphones and tablets and adding in a brand new smart wristband. By and large, waterproofing is still a big part of what Sony is doing, but they definitely have the specs to back it up this year.
With the Sony Xperia Z2, Sony is doubling down on what they do best in the mobile market – waterproofing and camera technology. The waterproof bit is pretty cut and dry, but the camera definitely warrants some attention. This will be one of the first smartphones anywhere capable of recording 4k video, thanks to a 20.7 MP camera with a 1/2.3-type Exmor RS image sensor, a G lens, and a BIONZ mobile image processor. There’s also SteadyShot image stabilization and an STM10 stereo microphone, so you’re not left with incredible video and subpar audio.
The hard specs on the Xperia Z2 are nothing less than top-of-the-line. You’ve got a 5.2” 1080p TRILUMINOS display with Live Color LED, and what’s under the hood is capable of backing it up. The phone runs on Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs and Adreno 330 GPU, which is all powered by a 3,200 mAh battery. You’ll also get 4G LTE capabilities.
Sony followed that up with the Xperia Z2 tablet, which is also waterproof. Besides the 10.1” screen, the specs are actually just about the same as the smartphone (minus the LTE), but powered by a beefier 6,000 mAh battery. You won’t get the same ultra-powerful camera, though – you’ll have to make do with an 8.1 MP camera with Exmor RS for Mobile and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera. By way of accessories, there’s an optional Bluetooth Keyboard and Tablet Cover Stand.
The Xperia M2 is Sony’s mid-range smartphone for 2014, a 4.8” phone with a qHD display. Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1.2 GHz quad-core CPUs, about right for the mid-range class of devices this year. There’s an 8 MP rear camera with an Exmor RS image sensor and a 2,300 mAh battery, as well. Despite being a mid-range phone, the M2 still has 4G LTE connectivity, so you’re really not giving up that much by taking the step down, unless you’re really fixated on the 4k video possibilities of the Z2 (wouldn’t blame you if you were). There’s also NFC connectivity, and if you want, you can get a variant of the M2 with a dual-SIM setup.
Tying all this together is the SmartBand, Sony’s foray into wearable tech, which is definitely hitting the mainstream this year. It’s a smartphone companion that can connect to your phone over NFC or Bluetooth to give you notifications, but it’s a lot more than that, too. Sony is relying heavily on the SmartBand being a lifelogging tool. Working with Sony’s Lifelog app, the SmartBand goes way past being a fitness app. It’ll keep track of the place you’ve been, the pictures you’ve taken, what music you listen to – basically, anything that can be digitized and recorded is stored and organized in that app. You can wear it 24/7, as well, which you might want to do, since it’s also capable of recording sleep statistics. And, if you have the Walkman app (so, probably only if you own a Sony smartphone), you can control the music being played from the SmartBand, as well.
All of the above will launch in March of this year except for the Xperia M2, which won’t arrive until April.