Sony hit hard during the last Mobile World Congress by presenting the new flagship of its fleet, the highly anticipated Xperia Z2 . And this after weeks and weeks of crazy rumors. The manufacturer organized a launch party in Paris to present its flagship and I obviously had plenty of time to take it in hand and have fun with it. The time has come to share my first impressions with you, with plenty of photos and even a video as a bonus.
Getting started requires, this article will not be exhaustive and it will thus ignore a lot of things, including the new version of the house overlay. Rest assured, however, because very soon we will have the opportunity to talk about the Z2 again, for a more complete test. In the meantime, if you have any questions and want to know more about it, you should know that the comments are just for that.
If you pass by regularly, and if you've already read one of my tests, you must know the song. Before going any further and before taking a more serious look at the terminal, we will start by recalling its technical characteristics.
- 5.2 inch screen.
- Full HD 1080p (1920 × 1080) type definition.
- Triluminos, X-Reality and Live Color LED technologies.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz.
- GPU Adreno 330.
- 3 GB of RAM.
- 16 GB of storage, micro SD card slot.
- 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS 1 / 2.3 ″ sensor.
- G-Lens f / 2.0 optics.
- BIONZ processing chip.
- Stereo speakers.
- 3,200 mAh battery.
- Dimensions: 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm.
- Weight: 158 grams.
- Android 4.4.2.
- Price: 699 euros.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is not as close to its predecessor as you might think. Its screen thus gains a few inches diagonally and it benefits above all from a brand new technology: Live Color LED . To put it simply and to explain the concept in a few lines, the latter simply aims to improve color rendering by increasing the field of vision of mobile users.
And we must admit, the rendering of the Z2's screen is really magnificent. François had brought his Z1 for the occasion, I had my Z1 Compact in my pocket, and the difference is really obvious, even if it is not easy to explain in a few words.
Behind, there is also the Snapdragon 801, a chip which was presented by Qualcomm during the Mobile World Congress and which equips both the Z2 and the Galaxy S5 from Samsung. Under the hood, there is a 32-bit Krait 400 processor made up of 4 cores coupled to an Adreno 330 GPU and a category 6 4G / LTE modem . The frequency of the chips is higher than on the Snapdragon 800 and if we are to believe the figures announced by the founder, then this new chip would be really faster than the previous generation.
Getting started requires, unfortunately I didn't have the opportunity to test very greedy games, so I can't tell you much more on the subject. What is certain, anyway, is that the Z2 is at least as responsive as the Z1.
And there is an icing on the cake since the Z2 will come with in-ear headphones capable of attenuating ambient noise using microphones. Headphones capable of delivering very good quality sound.
Ergonomics & Design
Just like the Z1 and Z1 Compact, the Xperia Z2 is treated with IP55 and IP58. It is therefore able to resist dust, splashes and immersions. Feel free to slip it into your swimsuit when you go to the local pool. Guaranteed effects.
Aesthetically speaking, the Z2 is in line with all the latest Xperias. It thus gives pride of place to tempered glass and aluminum . Its lines are elegant, the finishes are exemplary and it inspires confidence. I don't know if the protective film placed on the back of its shell is as sensitive to scratches as on the Z1, however. In any case, it will be better to opt either for a protective shell, or for a second film which will absorb all the shocks and which will preserve your precious.
This is not really a surprise but there is no physical button on the front of the device. Sony has opted for touch buttons, managed directly by Android. Towards the top we will just have the brand's logo, the front camera and the usual detectors. No change in the borders surrounding the terminal screen.
It is not the same thing at the level of its slices. If the famous “premium” button, the two buttons devoted to the volume control and the shutter release button are still accessible from the right edge of the device, the hole allowing to pass a strap has been moved to the other side. The connector for recharging and synchronizing the Z2 using a dock is still present on the left edge.
Sony has also revised the layout of the terminal hatches. The micro SD card port goes to the right while the SIM card port goes to the left, alongside the Micro USB port. Interestingly, they are protected by a single tab.
KitKat 4.4 & Sony Overlay
Due to lack of time, I did not have the opportunity to delve into all the menus and launch all the native applications installed on the Sony Xperia Z2. However, I still noticed some glaring differences compared to the Z1 and Z1 Compact.
I'm thinking in particular of the pictogram representing the state of charge of the battery, or even the notification center. Sony has effectively decided to split it into two separate entities , accessible through two different tabs. The first will take us to the display of all notifications generated by our applications while the second will list our quick shortcuts. Unlike the current version of the constructor overlay, we will not be limited and we will be able to display as many icons as we want.
I also had the opportunity to have fun with Lifelog and it was love at first sight. Sony has done really hard and this application is finally establishing itself as a companion for life . It will allow us to follow our efforts and our steps, of course, but it will also help us to visualize all the important moments of our life, and all our daily activity.
The interface of the tool is formidable since it will be enough to scroll the screen to the left or to the right to go back in time and to see what we were doing the day before, last week or even last month. Exactly like a newspaper recounting the smallest of our actions. Sony has really innovated for once, and it has not contented itself with aligning itself with what other manufacturers offer on the market.
I really like the Z1 and the Z1 Compact. Unsurprisingly, the Z2 made a strong impression on me. What surprised me the most is undoubtedly its screen. It is bright, the colors are vibrant and all you have to do is shoot a Full HD video to be amazed. I guess producing premium TVs must help. Over the years, the Japanese manufacturer has acquired a certain know-how.
The question I ask myself, however, is whether this screen will affect the autonomy of the terminal. So far, unfortunately I don't have an answer to this question. It is not in one evening that you can get an idea of the autonomy of a smartphone.
What struck me, during this evening, was less the products than the ecosystem that is being set up at Sony. The firm seeks to take advantage of its connected objects, its nomadic terminals, the PlayStation 4 and its televisions. This strategy is apparently paying off.
According to GfK, Sony achieved 40% growth in the mobile technology sector in France last year, compared to just 15% for Samsung and -2% for Apple. The market has grown 20% and that quite simply means that the Japanese firm has gained market share, to the detriment of its competitors.
A message from François: The screen is breathtaking, the IPS panel is a real plus. Same size as the Z1 but with a 5 ″ 2 screen and it seems lighter. It is clearly not intended for those who already have a Z1 because it is really too close. In conclusion, this Z2 is a beautiful piece just like the Z1.