Sony Xperia Z1 has only been launched three weeks ago in just two countries, and the rumors about its successor have already seized the market. Are the following specs realistic or is it just what people would like to see in Sony’s next flagship?
Early last week, Sony Mobile started a campaign against leaks. Despite that action, the specs and ETA of the Sony Xperia Z2 surfaced, but as the company declines confirming them, we have to take them with a grain of salt. Don’t get the wrong, the April 2014 ETA is probable, even though most smartphone manufacturers wait a full year before releasing new flagships. Don’t see why Sony wouldn’t adopt this strategy, too, especially since releasing Z2 that early would determine people to overlook the recently launched Z1. The technical specs, on the other hand, are a bit otherworldy, hence my advice to maintain skepticism while reading them.
As if the Z1 didn’t look good already, it is rumored that the next Sony flagship will go through a design overhaul. On top of that, Avatar, as the next Sony flagship is reportedly codenamed, is supposed to have a 5.2-inch IGZO Triluminos screen. That’s .2 inches larger than the Z1, and assuming Sony will keep the Full HD resolution, a longer diagonal would lead to a drop in pixel density. As this would be a regress rather than a sign of evolution, another possibility implies using a display similar to the quad HD one LG announced last month. Given that the rumored pixel density is of 506 ppi, it definitely looks like Sony will go for more than just 1920 by 1080.
Other rumored specs include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of DDR3 RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery, Android 4.4 KitKat, and a 20.7 MP rear-facing camera with Xenon flash. While HTC tried to prove that the number of megapixels does not matter and Nokia insisted that more is better, Sony seems to have taken the middle ground. If all these specs turn out to be true, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will face some real competition.
One thing that should remain unchanged is the way Sony smartphones handle dirt and water. Even though people don’t take their smartphones in the water while swimming, having a waterproof device can give us peace of mind. Also, we wouldn’t fall for fake ads saying that updating the OS to the next version will make the phone waterproof. Yes, iOS 7 users, I’m talking about you!