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MWC 2014: Sony Xperia Z2 hands-on preview

Sony launched the highly-anticipated follow-up to the Xperia Z and Z1 this morning (opens in new tab), and the world seems to be raving about the Z2 already. We just about managed to get our hands on the smartphone a little while ago, and we're pretty satisfied.

As demonstrated by our pictures, the Z2 is an absolute beauty, featuring the same glass-clad front and back and aluminium edges we've grown used to to over the last year or so. Measuring in at 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2mm and 158g, it's a little lighter than its predecessor, and more than comfortable in the hand and pocket.

One of the big upgrades on this device is the screen. The Z2 packs a 5.2in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display, which is slightly bigger than that of the Z1. This translates into a slightly lower depth of clarity, but it is barely noticeable.

Like the Xperia Z1 (opens in new tab), the Z2 is also waterproof, allowing you to dunk it in a metre of water (or the loo) for half an hour, without disastrous consequences. It also packs the same 20.7-megapixel camera as the Z1, which is definitely not a bad thing.

However, this smartphone is capable of shooting video in 4K quality, which is twice that of Full HD. While this will please the TV connoisseurs amongst us, that doesn't mean a lot to everybody else. Like Huawei, Sony appears to have upped its multimedia game (opens in new tab), in an attempt to please this Instagram-obsessed generation. The speakers have been moved to the front of the device, to improve sound quality.

While you could probably argue that the new flagship doesn't stray far from the Z1 , you have to bear in mind that the Z1 was an absolutely terrific piece of engineering.

Packing Google's latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and a handy 3GB of RAM, this phone is as high-end as they come.The 3,000mAh battery is decent, but nothing to write home about. The Xperia Z1 will cost £599 when it launches in the UK at the end of March, which pretty much matches what we were expecting. If you have that kind of budget, we'd recommend splashing out.

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.