By Stephen Schenck | January 17, 2014 3:10 PM
Expectations are high that Sony will have a new Android flagship whose arrival to trumpet at the Mobile World Congress next month. This presumed Z2 – or codename Sirius if you’re in the know – sounds pretty hot with rumored specs like a 5.2-inch display (which may just be 1440p, depending on who’s asking), Snapdragon 800, 20.7-megapixel camera, and 3GB RAM. Sure, that’s not a HUGE improvement over the Z1, but newer is newer, and better is better. As we wait to find out if those specs hit the mark, we’re also wondering about the smartphone’s look. And with the arrival of a photo showing some unknown Xperia back panels, we’re finding ourselves asking: is this the Xperia Z2?
The Xed-out model numbers sure seem to fit with the idea of an in-development smartphone, and the arrangement of the lens, flash, and mic cutout here aren’t matching any recent Xperia model that comes to mind.
What’s confounding, though, are the specs attached to this hardware, at least according to the source: a 5.3-inch display and a 23MP camera. While those are quite close to our Z2 expectations, they’re also just ever so slightly divergent, making us wonder what’s really going on here.
At least, while the Z2/Sirius may be the high profile upcoming Sony that we first turn to when looking at this find, Sony obviously has other devices in its pipeline, and this could well belong to any of those. Just look at last year, with the Z/ZL dichotomy; perhaps this is a similar alternate version of the Z2′s hardware.