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April 30, 2014

Purple Sony Xperia Z2 comes exclusively to O2 Refresh from 1st May

Sony-Xperia-Z2The new Sony flagship smartphone for this year, or at least this quarter, or perhaps only this month given how quickly Sony bangs them out, is here. Much like the HTC One M8 this is no massive reworking, merely a modest rearrangement of the existing deck chairs. It’s not astoundingly new and exciting, but it is nice.

A very shiny and glass slab of metal that houses a 5.2-inch 1080p display, powered by Qualcomm’s newest and cleverest Snapdragon 801 chipset. The 2014 human brain can perceive no better than that.

Now comes news that O2 will be launching the Purple version exclusively on their O2 Refresh from 1st May, as well as the Black version.

So how does the O2 refresh option work?

O2   Samsung Galaxy S5 Black   Refresh tariffs (2)

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Design

If you’ve seen last year’s Xperia Z1, you’ve seen the Z2. It’s practically identical from a distance of a couple of feet or so, with only a few minor external alterations to usher in the 2014 flagship launch season.

The small physical changes are welcome, though. The waterproof stopper that covers the USB socket is now much larger than it was on the Z1, so it’s easier to get on and off. Less fiddly. Empowering. And the physical camera shutter buttons a bit bigger too, with this and the volume up/down toggle now finished in a silver metallic material so they look a bit nicer. It’s one, or perhaps two, per cent nicer than the Z1.

Overall it’s quite stylish. There’s no one killer design feature to make you love it and people think you’re a better person because of it, but it is thin, water resistant, fairly light and the metallic chassis feels cool and solid in the hand.

Sony Xperia Z2 Specs

  • Price: £599 unlocked
  • Processor: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AB
  • Screen: 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB, micro-SD
  • Camera: 20.7MP rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 with Sony UI skin
  • Battery: 3200 mAh
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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini