Sony has kicked off the official first day of MWC 2014 in Barcelona by announcing its latest Android flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2.
Extensively leaked in the run-up to MWC, the Xperia Z2 as expected boasts a 5.2in full HD IPS display along with the latest quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
For some the fact that Sony has remained with “just” a full HD panel despite the slight increase in screen size over the existing Xperia Z1 will be seen as a disappointment.
However, Sony promises the display's performance has been significantly improved thanks to a new feature called Live Colour LED, which widens the colour spectrum.
Like the Xperia Z1 it's replacing, the Sony Xperia Z2 boasts a 20.7MP Exmor RS camera, but it's a different story when it comes to video. The Xperia Z2 come with 4K video recording abilities (that's 3840 x 2160), and you can play your clips back either via MHL on a 4K-capable TV, or at ordinary full HD resolutions on the device itself. The Xperia Z2 also offers the same SteadyShot image stabilisation seen on its HandyCam camcorders.
The Snapdragon 801 processor is the latest quad-core offering in the 800 family, and is clocked at 2.3GHz and teamed up with 3GB of RAM, which you'll need all of for that resource-hungry 4K video recording.
Sony is also talking up the Xperia Z2's audio smarts, and specifically its new front-facing speakers and on-board noise-cancelling tech, which delivers noise-cancelling smartphone audio as standard thanks to the inclusion of Sony's MDR-NC31EM headphones as standard.
Android 4.4 KitKat is the flavour of OS as you'd expect, and it's overlaid with Sony's own skin, which adds apps like Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and Sony LifeLog to the standard Android selection.
The Sony Xperia Z2 is expected to be available in the UK in March, an aggressive move considering the Xperia Z1 only launched locally in the second half of 2013. Expect the price to be very much on the premium end of things.