Sony’s Xperia Z2a arrives in Taiwan

Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact broke the mold in terms of how "mini" flagships should be. Instead of cutting design corners and lowering specs, Sony delivered the Z1 Compact as exactly the same handset as the full Z1, only smaller. Is the company's new handset, the Xperia Z2a, launched today the newest Compact from Sony? Not quite, but read on and you may see where it gets confusing. 

The Z2a has been launched in Taiwan today and at the moment is exclusive to the country (much like the recent Japan only ZL2), but if there is enough buzz Sony could be tempted to make it more widely available. The device packs a 5-inch screen compared to the 5.2-inch panel on the normal Z2, while the full HD screen on the bigger device has been sacrificed for a 720p display. 

Sure, the screen cuts corners, but in terms of hardware this is very much the same beast as the normal Xperia Z2. Under the hood there is a blockbuster quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 coupled with a massive 3GB of RAM, while either 16GB or 32GB variations are available. The Xperia Z2a also retains the 20.7 megapixel 1/2.3 Exmor RS rear camera that adorns the flagship, while BRAVIA and TRILUMINOS tech powers the admittedly lower spec screen. Another feature to be pegged back is the rear facing camera, with Sony swapping the 2 megapixel lens from the Z2 for a measly 0.3 megapixel one on the Z2a. 

The biggest difference here though is the chassis, which is decidedly different from the normal Xperia Z2. Aside from being smaller, the Z2a is more curved on the corners and sits higher off a surface when laid flat. It is still a good looking handset, but has lost some of the premium appeal of the flagship Z2, which is a smartphone that oozes class. 



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