Sony has just unvelied the Xperia A2 SO-04F for Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The features, which is an amalgamation of Xperia Z1 and Xperia X2, pretty much makes this small smartphone a potential Xperia Z2 compact.

In many ways, the Xperia A2 bears some semblance to the Xperia Z1. Or to be exact, the Xperia Z1 compact. It is only slightly larger but also thinner than Sony’s miniature 2013 flagship, standing at 128 mm x 65 mm x 9.7 mm, compared to the Xperia Z1 compact’s 127 mm x 64.9 mm x 9.5 mm. The screen size and resolution is practically the same, a 4.3-inch 1280×720 TRILUMINOS display. It is similar even down to the 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage.

However, the Xperia A2 does have similarities with the Xperia Z2, which makes it worthy of being called the miniature version. The 20.7 megapixel rear camera is the same, though it’s also similar with the Xperia Z1. But the 2.2 megapixel front-facing camera is more in common with the Xperia Z2. Like this year’s Sony flagship, the smaller Xperia A2 also supports microSD card capacities of up to 128 GB, versus the 64 GB limit of the Xperia Z1. The rest of the similarities have to do with the software, like the same Android 4.4 running out of the box, and the set of camera features, which arguably can also be updated on Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z1 compact.

The Xperia A2 is exclusive to Japan, which shows in some of its features, like 1SEG broadcasting support. It will be available in Lavander, White, Grey Black, and Orange colors. There is no news yet on an actual Xperia Z2 compact, so there are still a chance that a different, maybe better, model will be unveiled for international markets. Considering the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 compact shared the same processor, we also hope that the Xperia Z2 compact will be equipped with the same fast Snapdragon 801 found on the Xperia Z2, but we’ll take a Snapdragon 800 over the 400 that was recently rumored.

VIA: Mobile Phone Watch

  • Sony must think their customers are stupid Apple fanboys if they think people are willing to pay more to upgrade to the same goddamn thing.

    • Dan Davidson

      It’s not the Z2 Compact. It’s a variant of the Z1 Compact.

      • Jeff Martinez

        I agree to with you. There’s really no reason to upgrade from the Z1 Compact to this phone. I love my Z1 Compact so much I’ll stick with this line for its “compactness.” I’ll upgrade to the Z3 Compact if one ever comes out or I’ll just reconsider buying another Z1 Compact if mines ever takes a turn for the worse.

  • Dave*

    Quote: ‘…the processor may end up being a Snapdragon 400.’
    Nonsense… The existing Xperia Z1 Compact has an 800 processor. Whay does the author think Sony would undermine a Z2 replacement by giving it a far inferior processor? Quite clearly it will either have the same 800 or possibly the newer 801 processor already found in the new Xperia Z2, but definitely not a 400 as stated as a possibility.