More hardware and software nuggets from upcoming Sony flagship refresh
So much for Sony's effort to curb the flow of leaks of its future products. Following what might be our first look at the Sony D6503 — codenamed "Sirius" — over the weekend, we're today seeing more information on the device we might eventually come to know as the Xperia Z2. Today's leakage comes from XperiaBlog and the XDA forums and cover both hardware and software details.
The former says it's tracked down specs for the device — or at least the version of it currently out in the wild. The current "Sirius" prototype apparently sports a Qualcomm MSM8974AB CPU at 2.3GHz — a faster Snapdragon 800 variant with a speedier GPU and support for faster DDR3 RAM. That's paired with 3GB of RAM, an approximately 5-inch 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera (like the Z1) and 2.1-megapixel front-facer. It's worth underscoring that these specs (particularly the CPU) may well change in the run up to the device's launch. In that vein, XperiaBlog writes that while the prototype doing the rounds online runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the finished article will run 4.4 KitKat.
Following on from the gallery of images posted on Saturday, XDA poster iRimas is showing off what he says are screenshots of the device's UI, many of which looks similar to the Xperia Z1's software. Changes include new wallpapers and themes, a revamped area for quick settings in the notification shade, and finer control over notification settings. There's also a redesigned setup wizard. The poster also claims that the display has been improved from the Triluminos panel used on the Z1, which is good news considering that device's poor viewing angles.
Based on the specs and software on this prototype, the "Sirius" device in its current form would seem to be a relatively minor bump to the Xperia Z1. But with over a month to go until the phone's expected debut at Mobile World Congress, there's every chance the final "Z2" might differ from what we see here.
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