Sony Xperia Z2 delayed until May, HTC One M8 poised to take full advantage

Sony’s Xperia Z2 has been delayed for a number of weeks due to hardware problems that sees it cede more ground to the hot-off-the-press HTC One M8.

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T3.com quotes a source at Unlocked-Mobiles.com as stating that Sony’s newest device won’t be released until 1 May after the firm admitted to experiencing a “component manufacturing issues from a third party.”

Sony announced the Xperia Z2 at MWC 2014 in Barcelona last month and the device follows up the popular Android-based Xperia Z1 that was launched just five months before the upcoming device.

The new device comes with a larger 5.2in display, Ultra HD 4K video recording as well as the popular waterproof design that was so popular among owners of the original Xperia Z1 smartphone.

It retains the trademark metal casing but is noticeably slimmer than its predecessor and under the hood there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz as well as 3GB of RAM, the whole show powered by a hefty 3,200mAh battery.

The HTC One M8, meanwhile, has a 5in full HD display, the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip with a smaller 2GB of RAM, and is heavier than the Sony Xperia Z2 at 160g.

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Both devices are competing against Samsung’s latest handset, the Galaxy S5, which was announced at MWC 2014 and will be released to UK consumers on 11 April. The Sony Xperia Z2’s original release date was already a few weeks behind the HTC One M8 and it will now give away any advantage it may have had over the Samsung Galaxy S5.