MWC 2014: Sony unveils the Xperia Z2 and M2 smartphones

Not to be confused with the tablet of the same name, the Sony Xperia Z2 has just launched as the company's flagship phone and alongside it, the more affordable Sony Xperia M2.

The 8.2mm slim Z2 is undoubtedly the star of the show here, packing what's described as the world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone. The 20.7-megapixel camera is matched with 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor, Sony’s award-winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZ for mobile image processing engine for some potentially amazing shots. We can't wait for the hands-on.

You can also shoot video in 4K (four times the detail of full HD) and with the new Movie Creator onboard, you can edit the videos before they go 'live'. Sounds should be pretty decent too with the STM10 Stereo Microphone.

Plenty of apps for the camera come pre-loaded, including Timeshift video (shoot in 120 frames per second), creative effect, background defocus (which simulates a shallow depth of field), AR effect for augmented reality animations and Twitter's Vine app.

As for the rest of the hardware, the Z2 features a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage (with microSD support). 4G connectivity and a 3,200mAh battery. There's also a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) TRILUMINOS display, offering 'bright and vivid detail', aided by Live Colour LED, which is said to provide the widest palate of rich natural colours so your phone viewing has the clarity of the world you see around you.

Other notable features include Sony's digital noise cancelling technology, which should reduce up to 98% of ambient noise when used with a decent noise cancelling headset, along with Sony's new 'What’s New' app for discovering new and recommended movies, music, games and apps. Walkman and Movies applications are here too, as is the PlayStation App and PlayMemories Online, a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application.

The one thing not mentioned is the version of Android, but we're presuming it must be KitKat on a flagship phone, especially one hitting the shelves next month. No word on pricing, but we would expect a premium contract deal in the UK.

And next up is the Xperia M2, which is more of a mid-range smartphone but still has much to catch the eye, especially if the price is right.

'Xperia M2 is an ultra-fast smartphone that offers brilliant specs and performance, reaching new audiences with a mid-range price. This is a great device for the customer looking for a smartphone that has it all,' claims Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. 'It combines the best of Sony, bringing you our latest technologies complimented with a one of its kind, unique entertainment offer never before seen on a mid-range smartphone.'

The M2 comes with a larger 4.8-inch qHD display than the previous Xperia M, along with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 2,300mAh battery and 4G support. There's also an 8-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile which comes with the Xperia camera apps (Timeshift burst, Autoscene Recognition and Picture Effect for example), along with live video broadcasting and sharing. The M2 also has the same OmniBalance design that you'll find in the flagship handset.

The colour options for the M2 are black, white and purple, with the phone likely to be on the shelves in April.

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