Sony Sirius, or Xperia Z2, to debut whole host of new features
It's no secret that Sony are going to unveil the successor to the Xperia Z1 at the Mobile World Congress 2014 next month. Specs of the new smartphone, codenamed the Sirius, have already been leaked online along with pictures of the mobile (see above).
Now the crew over at Xperia Blog have revealed a number of the new features that will be introduced on the Sirius thanks to leaked screenshots of Android KitKat running on the smartphone. So what have we learnt about Sony's next flagship smartphone?
Well, firstly that it'll be able to record 4K (UltraHD) videos offering 4 times the clarity of fullHD (1080p) videos. That's a feature that's already supported on Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, but we're expecting even better performance from Sony's 20.7 mega-pixel camera.
Users will also be able to take advantage of a new 'Timeshift' video mode, which shoots in high frame-rate and retrospectively applies a slow-motion effect - in a very similar manner to the iPhone 5S's 'Slo-Mo' 720p video mode. It's unlikely that 'Timeshift' will work with 4K videos and will probably be limited to 1080p shooting.
The touch-screen display on Sony's new flagship will be usable even when wearing gloves thanks to 'Glove Mode', which is a feature that was first introduced on the Xperia Sola. Nokia have also launched their own 'Super Sensitive' displays and the option to wear gloves has proved very welcome on their Lumia smartphones, especially on cold Winter mornings.
The Sony Sirius will also feature 'Smart Backlight Control' which uses the smartphone's camera to detect when you look away from the display. After a short period it'll then put the Sirius into sleep-mode to save battery, and is essentially Sony's answer to Samsung's 'Smart Stay' which debuted on the Galaxy S3.
Sony are also introducing a number of new clever gestures that make handling calls even easier. By enabling 'Smart Call Handling' you can answer a call by bringing the smartphone to your ear, reject a call by shaking the smartphone or silence the phone by turning it onto its back.
It'll also introduce a whole host of visual and user-interface tweaks, but there are far too many to document here. Basically, you can expect redesigned menus and even more personalisation options.
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