Sony Xperia Z2 Release Date: Waterproof Tablet And Phone Coming To The US?

The Sony Xperia Z2 release at the MWC 2014 left audiences drooling over the second flagship offering from the Japanese electronics empire. Showing off the power of both the tablet and phone version of the newest Xperia device, event attenders were not disappointed by the upgraded devices.

Last September, Sony released the Xperia Z1 to the delight of mobile critics everywhere. The Z2 releases announced at MWC are the second offering already this year from Sony. The Xperia Z1 compact was announced in January. As mid tier devices continue to rise, leaving some to say they are the theme of this year’s event, Sony is regarded as the head of the class. The compact version of their best selling phone was able to replicate the power, speed, and look of the bigger brother. No other phone has been able to mimic that.

So what makes the newer and bigger release so special? Well for starters consumers should realize that this is not a reboot of a phone competing with the iPhone, like Samsung is trying with the Galaxy S5. Instead, Sony is opting to take a long term approach on the global markets in the UK, Asia, and South America. The Xperia Z1 only received a release with T-Mobile initially, but has been near the top of charts globally. Competing in the Apple and Samsung dominated U.S. market is very difficult for companies that develop multiple electronics.

The specs are not that upgraded compared to the original, but they don’t have to be. This release is about giving customers multiple options. The compact, Z2 phone, and Z2 tablet will all feature the waterproof technology that has made such noise in the industry. With a slightly larger 5.2 inch screen size, the Xperia Z2 phone is also trying to keep with the industry adjustments looking to find the right size. The tablet fits in snugly at the 10.1 inch standard. What makes the tablet standout may be the slender thickness, which reflect a very iPad air like quality.

The phone gets a slight upgrade in speed and is loaded with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. It is able to be submerged in about three feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Presumably that is in case it takes you that long to fish it out of the toilet. But with the 20.7-megapixel camera and 4K HD video capture, the phone also doubles as an incredible tool for the snorkelers out there.

The Sony Xperia Z2 phone and tablet are set to release in limited markets at the end of March. There is no word yet on what kind of presence they will have in the US.