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Sony Xperia Z2a for Taiwan Announced: 5-inch FHD Screen, Snapdragon 801 CPU

The Japan-based phone make has just took the wraps off a new smartphone that is aimed at the Taiwanese market. Called Sony Xperia Z2a, the new handset has more in common with the Xperia Z2 than just the name, being a bit smaller, thicker, but underpinned by the same powerful hardware platform.

In fact, you would find more similarities than differences if you compared the Xperia Z2a and the Xperia Z2. Just like the handset introduced by Sony early 2014, the Xperia Z2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and Adreno 330 GPU and has 3 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the new Sony smartphone has a 5.0-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, unlike the Xperia Z2 which arrives with a Full HD 5.3-inch screen. On the back of the Sony Xperia Z2a you will find the same 20.7 MP Exmor RS sensor with autofocus, LED flash, 1/2.3″ sensor size, and 4K video recording support. As a matter of fact, the Xperia Z2a has the same technical specifications as the Xperia ZL2 that was released on the Japanese market in May. It even comes in the same color options as the ZL2, including Turquoise.

In terms of size, the Xperia Z2 is both shorter and narrower than the Xperia Z2, but it’s also 2 mm thicker than Sony’s flagship smartphone. The design of the Xperia Z2a and the Xperia Z2 is also different, the former featuring some kind of lip around the edges, unlike the Z2 which has smooth edges.

But there are also a couple of Xperia Z2a specs that simply can’t match the Xperia Z2’s. One of them is the user-facing camera, which no longer has a 2.2 MP sensor, but a way lower quality 0.3 MP module. The other is the display quality. While the Xperia Z2 boasts about Sony Bravia and Triluminos technology, the new Z2a lacks both of them making its display provide less accurate and washed out colors.

As I was mentioning above, the Sony Xperia Z2 will make it to the Taiwanese market, that’s why it has support for the country’s 700 MHz LTE band. Sony failed to reveal any details about the availability and price of the Xperia Z2, but the handset is expected to hit the store shelves sometime in July.