updated 09:24 am EST, Mon February 24, 2014
Mid-range Xperia M2 takes style from Xperia Z2, lowers specification
The Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet both launched at the same time as the Xperia Z2 earlier today. One attempts to be a value-priced alternative to the Xperia Z2 in appearance and functionality, while the other takes after the name and offers a far larger surface to use. Electronista stayed at the Sony exhibit to look over the two other devices, and work out if they are worth a second glance when compared to the new flagship smartphone.
The Xperia M2 is a mid-ranged imitation of the Xperia Z2, to put it simply. Despite offering a 4.8-inch, 960x540 display powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, it manages to retain the styling of the Z2 and still feels responsive. While it doesn't quite pull off the glass-like backing of the Z2, it is probably for the better, as the M2 was a considerably easier device to hold.
Sony Xperia M2
The lower-resolution eight-megapixel camera may lose out on the sheer resolution of video recording compared to the new flagship device, but it still manages to include a number of shooting modes, such as a burst mode that allows the user to select the best image out of a group, and is still quick to focus and take shots, even with the slower processor.
It is difficult to judge whether or not the Xperia M2 is worth looking at when it is time to get a new smartphone, especially considering the Xperia Z2 is shipping at a similar time. It is likely that the eventual price of both devices will be the deciding factor for potential customers.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
The Xperia Z2 Tablet is a bit of a puzzling device, when it came to trying it out. While it has a brilliant 1920x1200-resolution 10.1-inch Triluminos display, the light weight and the sheer 6.4mm thickness (0.2 inches) combined with the size of the screen itself gives the feeling that maybe it is a bit "too" thin, despite feeling strongly built.
Despite the physical design issues, the Z2 Tablet is still a fairly robust offering. The sound coming from the device was quite considerable, even competing against audio elsewhere in the event hall, and its quad-core 2.3GHz processor with 3GB of RAM certainly did not appear to slow down the majority of apps being used.
The camera app was the only one tested that had any slowdown at all, taking a few seconds to start taking images after initially running, and not immediately responding to the first attempts to take a photograph with the rear 8.1-megapixel sensor. This appeared to be an anomaly, as switching to the front camera and switching back seemingly solved the issue.
Physical issues and abnormality aside, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is more than adequate for most user needs, in terms of performance and functionality. The similar water and dust protection to the Xperia Z2 would make it a candidate for those looking to take the tablet outside, but again, the eventual price will likely define sales more than its feature list .