Sony Xperia Z2 (D6503) specifications confirmed, live photos leaked along with Xperia KitKat UI screenshots, lots of new features coming soon

Last month a lot of news about the Xperia Z2 got leaked which we missed reporting. So today in this post we will cover the whole story which we missed.

Sony announced the Xperia Z1 at IFA in Berlin last year, and this year the Korean company is ready with its successor that should debut at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona this month. We have already saw the smartphone in hi-res live images, but the specifications and UI screenshots were missing. Thanks to XDA forum members DooMloRD and iRimas, we now have detailed information about the device.

Sony Sirius beside Xperia Z1

Starting first with the hardware, the Sony D6503, confirmed as the Sirius, will come with a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP rear camera, 2.1MP front facing camera and 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot.

The smartphone will come with two front-mounted stereo speakers. As you can see in the images, the Xperia Z2 aka Sony Sirius is almost identical to Xperia Z1, but with minor hardware changes. Sony has slimmed down the bezels and has replaced the long speaker grill found on Xperia Z1 with three big holes, which are believed to be mic, since Sirius will have two front-mounted stereo speaker. No word on battery capacity yet.

Sony D6503 hardware infoSony D6503 speaker location

Coming to software now, the Xperia Sirius will come with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, which relates to firmware build 17.1.A.X.XXX. The D6503 camera will be able to capture 4K (3840 x 2160p) video. This feature was previously rumoured for the Xperia Z1 last year. Not only 4K video, but there's another great feature called Timeshift Video, which will allow you to record video in a high frame rate which you can then apply slow motion effects to.

Sony D6503 firmware infoSony D6503 4K and Timeshift featureSony D6503 Glove ModeSony D6503 Smart Backlight control

Under the display section, the Xperia Z2 or say the Xperia Z1L, whatever it will be named in final, will feature Glove Mode: the display will be so sensitive that you can use it with gloves on. There's also Smart Backlight control feature, which is similar to Samsung's Smart stay feature: it keeps the screen awake as long as you are looking at it.

The phone will also have Smart call handling feature, which allows users to reject/answer or turn off the call ringer using motion gesture. To answer a call, you simply need to bring it towards your face. To reject calls you can shake the device. If you want to turn the ringer off, then simply place the phone face down. There's also double tap to wake up screen feature.

Sony D6503 Smart call handlingSony D6503 Tap to wake upSony D6503 Two launcherSony D6503 Simple Home

The dialer app will now feature an answering machine with the ability to set your own greeting and set the machine to work at a certain time. Sony has also included two Home launchers, a Simple Home and the standard Xperia Home. The Simple Home launcher will show a bigger grid of apps with three speed dial shortcuts and the most used apps, it is likely created for those who have difficulty reading screens.

Sony is also introducing USB DAC support into the Sirius. There's also a close all apps option in the app switcher menu. The app tray and status bar background is now transparent, and now you can switch between Notifications and Quick Settings from the drop down menu. Sony has also included all the stock Android 4.4 KitKat features including default SMS app, Location modes, Printing service and more.

Sony D6503 Close allSony D6503 MenuSony D6503 Notification menuSony D6503 Notification menu

Lastly, Sony has included its own version of HTC's BlinkFeed or Google Now called What's New in Sirius. It is accessible through a swipe up from the navigation bar and will be located next to the Google Now shortcut. No more details are available on what exactly "What's New" is.

Sony D6503 HomeSony D6503 What's NewSony D6503 What's New

So here we have covered the whole story of Sony D6503 (Sirius) which we missed posting. Sony is expected to announce the smartphone this month at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. Hopefully we'll know everything about the Xperia Z2 when the MWC kicks off.

Source - XDA, Xperia Blog (1, 2)
Via - GSMArena