By Stephen Schenck | February 17, 2014 4:07 PM
Call it Sirius, call it the D6503, heck – even call it the Xperia Z2 if you’re feeling confident – but whatever name it goes by, this is one upcoming Sony smartphone that’s been enjoying some pre-release spotlight action. We’ve had a number of chances to look at the hardware so far, and other than a tiny little increase in screen size, the hardware has appeared to strongly resemble the still-quite-new Xperia Z1. Over the weekend, a new video became available of the D6503, offering what may be the best look yet at the smartphone.
Early on in the clip, before we start looking at the phone’s software, we get a nice view of all its edges, letting us spot a few small ways in which the design and layout of Sirius does differ from the Z1; for instance, the little lanyard attachment is now on the bottom-left corner, rather than on the right over by the shutter button.
The tour through the phone’s software isn’t overly interesting, though from the description accompanying the clip, calling the phone a prototype and noting that the Android 4.4.2 build on here is “unstable,” we weren’t expecting that much to begin with. Closer to the end, we catch a quick look at the screen’s viewing angles, and while it’s not reinventing the wheel or anything, Sony’s efforts here might win it some goodwill from owners of past models where viewing angles left a lot more to be desired.
Our big question now is when Sony might hope to launch the handsets. Certainly, there’s this MWC event next week, but unless the phone’s software quickly stops being so “unstable,” the company might hold off on it for a later date.