Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look: Appealing Hardware, but lacks an 'oomph' factor

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These past few weeks have been crazy. Just last month both Samsung and HTC launched their respective flagship handsets in India. However, Sony, which originally debuted its Xperia Z2 at this year's MWC, had been skipping the India release date of the device so far. In fact, many of us had assumed that the device might not get launched in India any time soon citing supply issues. But Sony has proven us wrong, as the Japanese giant today finally launched the Xperia Z2 in Delhi-based event.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

Sony Xperia Z2 has an effortless design, but not too well executed, at least to begin with. The latest flagship is a monster phone, replacing the Xperia Z1 released last year. The phone is literally identical to its predecessor with almost same aluminum-edged design, glass-made rear-back, quad-core processor, Full HD display and an impressive 20.7MP rear-facing camera. Another feature: it is completely waterproof.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

This beautiful piece of hardware features a 5.2-inch Full HD display with notably slimmer bezels. It has a marginally faster processor, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU coupled with 3GB of RAM, alongside a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera. The phone's rear-camera is also capable of recording videos in 4K resolution, which the Samsung Galaxy S5 clearly lacks. It will be available in India starting May 12 and comes with a free SmartBand, which acts as a wearable fitness band. Sony Xperia Z2 is priced at Rs. 49,990.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

So, you might be thinking why anyone would like to buy a reincarnated Xperia Z1. What's great about the Sony Xperia Z2 ?

Well, for that you yourself need to experience it at the nearest Sony store. That's probably not what you're after, so we thought why not we give you a hands on impression about the Sony Xperia Z2 before anyone else.

Sony Xperia Z2- Design and Display

Sony has been churning devices with superior quality and absolutely stunning designs since the good old days of Walkman. The Sony Xperia Z2 is no exception. Physically, the phone looks identical to its predecessor but that's not a bad thing. Yes, you have the same metallic band around the edges plus the glass made rear-back cover. Inspite of a repetitive design, the phone feels great to hold, and as usual looks bold to eyes. If you are planning to buy a premium looking handset, may be the time has come when you should check out the Xperia Z2. While at the same time, you should keep your options open. The HTC One (M8) is yet another fantastic option that might tempt you.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

The Xperia Z2 comes with a large display: a giant 5.2-inch Full HD IPS screen. The display size is quite big compared to the Z1's 5.0-inch. The IPS display is very crisp and HD photos looks amazingly sharp. Sony says the phone uses the same "Triluminous" technology as its Bravia TV, which makes it more colorful and vibrant. The screen size is perfect and same can be said about the viewing angles.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

If you look around the edges you will find a microSD card slot and a micro-USB hidden under a waterproof flap. Sony has redesigned the speakers entirely. Like the HTC One (M8), you will find speakers now sit in the front of the handset and at the bottom.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

The Z2's glass panel is something we genuinely didn't like. Like its predecessor, it is prone to scratches and invites smudges easily.

The Xperia Z2 is completely waterproof and dust resistant. The rugged handset flaunts IP55 and IP58 which means you can submerge it in up to 1.5 meters of water up to 30 minutes at a time.

Sony Xperia Z2 Hands on Review and First Look

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