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South African Sony Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet & SmartBand Launch

0_Xperia_Z2_Black_Front_ColorrangeI had the awesome opportunity to join the guys & girls from Sony South Africa on Monday night, at the launch of the new range of very (very) cool Sony Xperia products.

The evening opened with a couple of drinks & snacks and networking, which was then followed by a “theater production” involving actors introducing the devices & some amazing dancers with some awesome moves.

The launch of the Sony Xperia Z2, Z2 tablet & SmartBand products come just over a week after they were launched at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

The Xperia Z2 devices are a new generation model of the successful Xperia Z products launched last year. Except, this years model gets a VERY well deserved and decent spec update.

The Xperia Z2 phone offers wide variety of features including a 20.7MP camera, 4K Steadyshot video recording, 5.2” Full HD TRILUMINOS display AND is fully waterproof. Throw in the standard Sony Walkman, Movies & playstation apps and you have a full offering smartphone. But, the kicker for me was the 3200 mAh battery which can offer up to 720 hours of standby time.

We got to play & test the devices after they were launched, and I can honestly say, the Z2 is a fantastic phone. When the Xperia Z was


launched last year, I was convinced it was the one phone that could push me to move to Android OS, and after seeing the Xperia Z2 I am even more convinced. I’m sure one day I will take the plunge :)

The Z2 Tablet is a mirror image of the phone, and offers pretty much the same functionality (bar the camera) The one thing I noticed about the tablet was it’s weight. Really light, and comparable to the iPad Mini’s weight.

4_SmartBandThe other gadget that was launched at the evening, was the new Sony Smartband. The Smartband is essentially a band you wear onyour wrist, which tracks your life. And every move you make. The band syncs with the Xperia Z2 and gives you an overview of your every day life.

Overall, I am really impressed with the Xperia Z2. It beats some of the other Android devices which are on offer at the moment, and the OS offers loads of functional which isn’t on your standard Android OS. Local availability and pricing hasn’t been announced as yet, but we should be looking at around an April Launch. Who knows what may happen then :)

Stay tuned for a review coming soon…