Sony has developed a quirky 6-month release schedule for their flagships. From a quality and design standpoint this usually means strong iterative updates, constant refinement of their devices and top-quality. For the average user it means shelling out money twice a year or not having to worry quite as much if they miss an iteration – they’ll be another one coming up sooner than later.

The Sony Xperia Z2 is official today, bringing both software and hardware upgrades to Sony’s flagship “Z” series. Here’s how it differs from it’s predecessor:

  • 5.2″ 1080p TriL LED (+.2″, brighter)
  • 2.3Ghz Qcomm 801 (newer chip, tick faster)
  • 3GB (+1GB!) -thank you Sony for Joining Samsung here
  • 3,200mAh battery (+200mAh)
  • IP55/58 Waterproof (same same)
  • 20.7MP Exmor Cam (+4K video)
  • Android 4.4.2 (KitKat up from JB)

The look is the same on the Z2 – Sony has settled into this design and why not, it’s clean. There’s less grill and less weight (only 158g total). The screen got a stretch but in the same footprint, so dimensions are quite similar. Ports have moved a little as is often the case. Folks, this is as close to perfection as an Android phone can get. For me, if they could fit it into a “s” form factor I’d be out looking for one right now.

Head-to-head: Sony Xperia Z2 versus Xperia Z1 specs | Android Central.