UPDATED March 2014: Sony has now launched the Xperia Z2, sporting a 5.2-inch screen and the same impeccable glass design as the Z1.
Sony is on a roll in the smartphone market, releasing the Sony Xperia Z1, then the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. But now it’s getting all ‘Sirius’ with the upcoming launch of the Sony Xperia Z2, which, you might have guessed it, is being nicknamed the Sony Sirius.
With the Z1 having done so well though, what is Sony going to pull out of the bag with the Z2? We’re here to take a look at the most outrageous Sony Sirius rumours!
A sapphire glass chassis
Sony has been praised for the sheer quality and impeccable design of its Xperia range, and the majority of Sony Sirius rumours hint at a continuation of this winning formula in terms of build and design.
And we can’t fault Sony on this front either; the Xperia Z1 is most certainly a beautiful handset with its tempered glass and aluminium trim. However, the Xperia Z2 is rumoured to replace that with even more glamorous sapphire glass, which will also protect the device from scrapes and scratches.
Apple is also said to be working with the new form of glass on the upcoming iPhone 6, and if Sony beats them to it, it could be a real body blow to the American tech giant.
What’s more, we’ve spotted a leaked image which hints that the Sony Xpeira Z2 might surface with an almost impossibly small bezel, maximising the rumoured 5.2-inch display. Could this be the future for Sony smartphones?
Getting ‘Sirius’ with more speed
Plenty of handsets are using the Snapdragon 800 chipset, but rumour has it that the Z2 could be host to a Snapdragon 805 chipset. OK, perhaps not the most exciting rumour to date, but with an even bigger processing chip, the Xperia Z2 would certainly run much faster than its rivals, also putting it that step ahead of its predecessor.
Also, the Xpeira Z2 (aka Sirius) is set to feature a massive 3GB of RAM. We love seeing big RAMs in not-so-big phones, and if Sony opts for 3GB of RAM, it would make the Z2 as fast and as powerful as a phablet, in a regular smartphone’s body.
The 3GB RAM has so far been spotted in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, but not in any Sony smartphone, meaning it could finally make its entrance with the Z2.
To put this type of RAM into context, some laptop computers don’t even have 3GB RAM. Admittedly laptops run a different kind of system, but who wouldn’t want a phone with more RAM than a laptop computer? Even if it does sound like overkill, we want the Xperia Z2 to be as powerful as possible!
Will the Xperia Z2 feature a 25MP Camera?
This isn’t a slight against the 20.7 megapixel camera from the Z1 by any means, but we want even more from the Z2 camera, if that’s humanly possible. In fact, we want it to be better than any other digital camera on the market. Are we asking too much?!
Word on the street is that Sony will pack a 25 megapixel snapper onto the Xperia Z2 and even throw in a cornea-burning xenon flash, as we’ve seen on Nokia’s Lumia 1020. Perhaps one of the best Sony Xperia Z2 features, a 25MP rear-facing camera could really be a game changer in the smartphone market for 2014.
And with Sony already excelling in the digital camera arena with its Sony Cybershot camera , who better to blow us away than the king of cameras itself?
Sony is allegedly working on a 2560×1440 resolution for the Z2, which is a massive move up from the 1080p sharpness settings we’ve been seeing on all other Android smartphones in recent years.
This resolution hasn’t been seen in any smartphone before and would be some real ground-breaking stuff, if Sony can implement it.
Top this with a 5.2-inch screen and 506ppi ratio and you’ve got a smartphone display that’s as sharp as a knife, as well as being perfectly sized for playing games and watching movies.
With a screen like this, we might as well consider casting out our televisions and watching all of our films on our Sony smartphones!
New Sony Sirius user interface
Not only is Sony set to dominate the smartphone market with the build of the Z2, but it is also planning to step it up a notch when it comes to the Sony user interface.
We’ve seen the Sony Timescape user interface (UI) on Sony smartphones for some time now, but it looks like things are set to get even better with Android 4.4.
Leaked images show how well Sony Timescape UI on Android KitKat sits, with larger app icons and multiple launchers, guaranteeing that the Z2 will work in conjunction with, rather than to replace, Android’s newest system.
We’ve also spotted a new ‘What’s New?’ app on the new UI, as well as an ‘accessories’ tab, suggesting that we could see the Z2 being designed in connection with Sony’s range of wearables.
Sony Xperia Z2 verdict
Sony might have only just launched the Xperia Z1 Compact, but if these rumours are anything to go by, the Xperia Z2 could prove a treat when it rears its beautiful, sapphire-glass head…
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