Sony Xperia Z2 launch window, price range for SA

Sony Mobile showed off the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet at an event in South Africa on the evening of Monday, 3 March 2014.

Introduced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain during February, the Sony Xperia Z2 range of devices promised improvements to the hardware over their predecessors.

As with the Xperia Z and Z1 smartphones, and the Xperia Tablet Z, the Z2 range have an IP58 rating, which means it is dust resistant and waterproof.

The devices are set to launch in South Africa during the second quarter of 2014, with Sony SA’s head of marketing Andrew Fraser saying that they aim to have some of the devices in market by April 2014.

Sony expects that both the Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet will be fully launched in South Africa by May 2014, Fraser said, with some deal differentiation between mobile operators.

Fraser also said that depending on the exchange rate, the devices will cost about the same as the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Tablet Z did at launch.

The key specifications of the Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone are summarised in the below table:

Specifications Sony Xperia Z2
Dimensions 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm
Weight 163g
Operating system Android 4.4
Display 5.2″ 1080p (1080×1920)
Rear camera 20.7MP
Front camera 2.2MP
Storage, internal 16GB
Storage, expandable microSD
RAM 3GB
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8974AB
Battery 3,000mAh
Cellular data HSPA+, LTE
NFC Yes

Some of the key specifications of the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet are summarised in the below table:

Specifications Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Operating System Android 4.4
Display 10.1″ WUXGA (1200×1920)
Rear camera 8.1MP
Front camera 2.2MP
Storage, internal 16GB
Storage, expandable microSD
RAM 3GB
Dimensions 266 x 172 x 6.4mm
Weight 439g
Chipset Qualcomm APQ8074+MSM8974AB
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core
NFC Yes
Battery 6,000mAh
Mobile data HSPA+, LTE

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