A substantial 12-minute video has been posted to YouTube showing most of what we can expect from the Sony flagship smartphone this year, including a cleaner interface, new camera functionality and numerous new connectivity options.
Physically, the Z2 will look and feel a lot like the Xperia Z and Z1 released in 2013. It shares the same flat, square shape we saw in the previous models and is unmistakably part of the Xperia brood.
In the settings you see there is a sub-category called ‘Xperia Connectivity’. which includes options for throwing media to TV screens, DLNA devices and even in-car systems using MirrorLink technology.
The UI is familiar too, though it appears to be even further simplified from last year’s design, with more Android Kit-Kat and even less Sony, if that’s possible. Sony still has a number of it’s own proprietary apps and tools installed, but the basic user experience looks like Google’s. The Z2 will have the same transparent notification and navigation panels we saw on the Nexus 5, plus it looks as though Sony has ditched it own Messaging app and replaced it with Google Hangouts.
The camera looks to include a number of cool new options. There is a shortcut for ‘4K Video’, there is a new option called ‘Background Defocus’ for faking depth of field (we assume), and a new business card scanning mode. From the settings in the video it seems Sony will stick with a 20.7-megapixel sensor.
All in all, this looks like it might be a very solid new entrant from Sony, and if it also plays nicely with a PlayStation 4, then Sony could definitely have a hit on its hands.