Previously announced by Sony with a release date of March, the Sony Xperia Z2 has yet to make an appearance in the US. Sony first unveiled the smartphone at Mobile World Congress way back in February and had remained in the dark with any details. However, Sony confirmed Saturday that the Z2 will be arriving in the US. They remained vague about the release, not providing any solid date for the launch. The smartphone is already available in Asian markets and will be available in other countries in May.
Sony has also yet to confirm which carriers will house the Z2, but the unlocked version will be available on Sony’s online store. It’s rumored that Sony is still in negotiations with US carriers, which is why Sony can’t provide hard evidence on the release and the carriers. According to TechCrunch, who broke the news, “talks are ongoing” with carriers. There’ve also been rumors of manufacturing delays, adding to Sony’s inability to make the Xperia Z2 more widely available. Sony’s already confirmed that the Xperia Z1 Compact wouldn’t be landing in the US anytime in the near future. It’s not all bad news, though. Sony plans to launch the Xperia Z2 tablet at retailers on May 4. The US carriers have to wait but Canada’s largest LTE network Bell has already started taking pre-orders.
Sony’s mobile presence in the US market hasn’t exactly been huge. As of now, Sony’s Xperia Z1S is the only recent device with US carriers. Though Sony promises to have the Xperia Z2 unlocked on their online store, Sony will need to make a deal with US carriers to have more of a presence in the states. Plus, if Sony can’t make a deal with carriers, we can expect to see the Z2 only at full retail price. Overall, this will harm Sony’s market share in smartphone hardware.
Though the Xperia line has less presence in the US than HTC and Samsung, Sony plans to wow the crowd with the Xperia Z2, in comparison to the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5. In hardware comparisons, the Sony Xperia Z2, with its sleek waterproof design, measures 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm and weighs 158 g, while the Samsung Galaxy measures 142 x72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs 145 g and the HTC One M8 measures 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm and weighs 160 g. The Xperia Z2 wins in screen size, measuring 5.2 inches, compared to the Galaxy S5 (5.1 inches) and One M8 (5 inches). The Xperia Z2 packs the most megapixels (20.7) in their rear camera, capturing the most detail. However, more doesn’t always mean better. In a comparison test, the Galaxy S5 seemed to produce the sharpest images in well-lit situations.
Under the hood, all three devices feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. The Samsung Galaxy S5 wins slightly, clocked at 2.5 Ghz, while the other two are clocked at 2.4 Ghz. Some Galaxy S5 units also feature the 2.1 GHz octo-core Exynos 5 processor, which clocks slower but is better for multitasking. The Xperia Z2 packs 3GB of RAM, while the others only have 2GB. Overall, the Sony Xperia Z2 has its advantages and disadvantages but would still hold its own against other smartphones on the US market.