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Sony Xperia Z2 is here, but is it enough of an upgrade?

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Sony Xperia Z2 is here, but is it enough of an upgrade?
The Sony Xperia Z2 is here and it’s a brand new Sony flagship coming just six months after the Xperia Z1. But wait, look closer and you’d see that it’s not all that huge of an upgrade. In fact, it seems that so little has changed that we caught ourselves wondering: is this enough of an upgrade for a device widely believed to be Sony’s next big thing? Or should have Sony just called this the Xperia Z1 Advanced of sorts, or even yet - should it have even announced it?

In reality, most people in the United States change phones every two years or so when it’s time to renew their contract, so the Xperia Z2 might not fit well in those timeframes.

At the very same time, the Xperia Z2 will look better when compared against the state-of-the-art devices that are fresh off MWC, and will help Sony stay competitive. Maybe that’s a good enough reason alone, don’t you think?

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:07 3

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I would say...eh...I don't know. Because it's like an improved Z1. Really.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:11 2

10. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


The article saying abt Z1 vs Z2, not Z.
And Z1 and Z2 are virtually the same.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:48 5

36. rd_nest (Posts: 770; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


If this was Samsung/LG flagship, people will be going crazy by now. But if this is Sony/Nokia/Apple, people are absolutely fine with such an 'upgrade'.

The screen 'upgrade' issue is really weird. In 2014, we should have this type of screen by default. It was Sony's fault that they shipped a sub-par screen in previous models. What they shipped today is available with other vendors for long time. So, essentially the upgrade is because they were so bad previously.

Rest everything is normal as we see in present models for various vendors. Nothing extraordinary, fairly normal stuff.

4K was in Note3. knock-on feature from LG. smart pause feature from Samsung. Same old design, same UI for years. Just imagine the complaints for Samsung/LG when they ship with same design/UI.

IMO, this is a decent effort from Sony, on par with other vendors. But nothing extra-ordinary or significant improvement. Fairly *normal* IMO.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:06

41. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


i do agree with you somewhat but here is my question. In the upcoming phones like the s5 and m8 do you think you will see anything truly new or innovative? I do not think Qualcomm has release the 805 yet so i doubt we will see 64 bit bit( which cannot be used to its full potential atm anyway). fingerprint sensors have been seen in the 5s ands one max and i doubt we will see a 2k display. maybe a better camera with ois? once again we have seen these features already. 2014 is definitely a refinement year

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:13

48. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I'm pretty pissed.. i bought the z1, z2's software side could be transfer to z1 in an update since the snapdragon 800 is more than capable to slowmotion and 4k (note3) and i know we won't get it, it just goes to show how much sony "cares" about its customers..

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:34

56. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


sony has been on a 6 month upgrade cycle for at least two years. this should not be a surprise to you. especially if you are on a site like this that has been following the leak if this device for quite a while now.
the z1 came out 6 months after the z which came out 6 month after the t which came out 6 months after the s. plus as of recently they have been pretty good about updating their devices ( unlike lg i mean the g2 is still on 4.2.2). them releasing a new phone doesn't make you phone any worse

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 18:14

53. heyhi (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


man, you just said what i was gonna say...its amazing how people criticizes Samsung and not Sony...they say Samsung with Galaxy line have the same design and when Sony releases the Xperia line they say WOW! really, im not saying its ugly, but man, besides the size and the frame around the phone, whats the difference??

not only the previous models comes with subpar screen, but the camera software was kind of bad..20mpx with no really good quality pictures?? i dont have the phone, i wanted to buy though, but after reading a lot of reviews i gave up.

now, they seemed to have fixed it, but nothing really new, just good specs and people say wow?

Like Xperia Droid already said, its just an Z1 improved, which is good of course, but not WOW.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:14 2

14. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


But hey, at least Sony improved the screen, the battery, the RAM, the speakers, it's even thinner than the Z1, so I will still say yes even if I'm deja vu messed up with this right now. This is what the Z1 should've be.

P.s. PhoneArena, your "can't edit comment after 240 seconds" is annoying, please fix it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:37 1

30. tech2 (Posts: 2194; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Actually you can't edit the comment after 120 secs (2 mins) but for some reason it shows 240 secs instead of 120 secs.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:19 2

21. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


This has alot of improvements like smaller bezels, bigger better screen, better processor, more RAM, surround speakers, noice cancelling, slim quality design(well as always in Sony products) if somebody complains about the little changed design, just look at iPhones, Galaxies and HTCs. They all have their iconic design, which some of us like and some of us don't

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:00 1

38. hassoups (Posts: 374; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Smaller bezels? They should never have been so big in the Z1.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:08

42. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


true but the bezels are still huge and it still has only 16 gb of onboard storage(despite the micro sd card) apps can only be stored on internal memory. 32 should have at least been an option

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:25 1

26. ScottSchneider (Posts: 319; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


It could have been worse too... But atleast they did a pretty good job by refining the Z1 into Z2...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:46 1

34. jcdz89 (Posts: 73; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)


I vote yes.. but it's a very marginal call. Z1 got few cons like poor viewing angles,below loudspeaker performance & somewhat ok battery life. Z2 cover those well I think. So even though it's not revolutionary upgrade still a worthy upgrade in my opinion.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:03 2

40. 8logic (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


if this was the iphone, it'll have to skip a number lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:10 1

43. Mittal (Posts: 429; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


depends on what the competition will unviel

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:35

47. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its a Z1 plus in reality but its still a great handset. If I had an Xperia Z or Z1 i wouldnt be racing to upgrade but someone switching from a different manufacturers handset would be impressed

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:08 2

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4069; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Nope. It's essentially the same thing as the Z1 but with a little speed boost that won't be noticeable for the most part and some new camera tricks.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:09 1

3. ysk79 (Posts: 19; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Prospect of Z2 mini is more exciting now ...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:09 1

4. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


What more than be added to Z2 ? Finger Print scanner or a 2K screen ? I think thats all? Other than that the entire phone is complete.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:10 2

5. AnukulVcool (Posts: 126; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


z2 have : better screen(its IPS now), smaller bezels, faster processor (snapdragon 801), bigger ram (3gb vs 2gb) , bigger battery(3200mah vs 3000mah), noise cancellation headphones are bundled in! If this is not an upgrade then my friend...... you are a spec retard

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:12 1

11. csoulr666 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


Spec freak alert!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:17 1

18. AnukulVcool (Posts: 126; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


I was referring to guys like you

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:23 1

25. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


but it is really more of an advancement rather then a new phone, i mean ok the display may be better (Needed to be) ram is a good addition, helps to play with googles poor management of app closures,but a faster processor, this is something i don't buy into, i mean all the latest flagship from the past year have got super fast clock speeds that a little extra juice although maybe helpful is totally unnoticeable any more, i would much rather them focus on their battery tech and their camera capabilities. this rings true for all companies not just sony, there is no reason to think that mobile phones of this size should all run on at least 4000mAh batteries, and motorola have proved you can get massive batteries in slim phones, and even better would be give me back 2mm of thickness and get that battery up to 5000mAh,
camera development is another area, these phones are big and again if i lose a few mm to thickness so it means i can fit a bigger sensor with OIS, RAW support (Nokia have it and google are testing it for their 5.0 OS update...and shutter speed control then so be it, all modern phones shoot fine photographs in bright daylight, but as soon as the light goes the quality degrades massively, they say the best camera you have is the one you have on you, well that has never been more true with mobile phone photography, always have them with us, Megapixel count does help but only something like 10% the other 90% is improved via things like software,hardware, & skill.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:10

6. istitch (Posts: 168; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


how about those smart features? like double tap to wake up, shaking to cancel calls?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:10 4

7. csoulr666 (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


The only reason I chose "No" is because of the time frame of in which the Z2 was lauched, Z1 owners would be really pissed to see that their phones got replaced as the flagship in just 6 months.
Kinda reminds me of a time when Motorola did the same

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:15 1

15. iamoa (Posts: 69; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


you just wrote my words mate.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:17 1

44. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


sony has been releasing phones on a 6 month time frame for a while.
z2-feb 2014
z1 - aug 2013
z - feb 2013
t - sept 2012
s- feb 2012
this should not be a surprise to anyone buying sony phones

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:11

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I'm not too excited about new phones these days. The next generation will be clearly marked by something like the Samsung P1, 2k display, 64-bit Exynos 6 SoC, 20MP ISOCELL camera, 4GB RAM and metal body. Until then, a slightly faster SD800, slightly better battery life and slightly fresher OS is rather anti-climatic. Yes, Sony, Samsung, LG etc. will have a faster offering than before, but pretty much of the same concept, and the SD600-800 phones I tested lately were absolutely NOWHERE near my Nexus 4's snappiness.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:13 2

13. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


So I will correct you!
You are not interested in non samsung phones these days, as always.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:22

22. _Bone_ (Posts: 2135; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Can you blame me? I have an LG and not planning to switch for a new G or Nexus right now, don't see anything exciting from Sony, HTC, Nokia, Apple or from Samsung either right now. But at least the latter is preparing to do what we always wanted: bring new fluid UI and great build for their otherwise excellent HW, and ISOCELL is promising so yeah, why wouldn't you get excited about their REAL flagship, that will come in June?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:11

9. livyatan (Posts: 701; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


I say, absolutely it is.

Here's the first review:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/sony-xperia-z2-1226987/review

Also, an important thing to note - it is dead certain that Sony will release another top gun phone in the fall.
And that fact is actually SONY'S TRADITION

2011 - Xperia Arc (spring), Xperia Arc S (fall)
2012 - Xperia S (spring), Xperia T (fall)
2013 - Xperia Z (spring) Xperia Z1 (fall)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:12

12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Yes.

It's what the Z1 was supposed to be.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:15 1

16. imparanoic (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


Has electronic active noise cancellation like the earlier generation walkman player. That's great

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:16 2

17. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2956; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Hel* yes it ! lets just see the S5 with its ugly plastic design! Won't be any better!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:25 1

28. Dthawk (Posts: 41; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


I'm content with the internal upgrades, except the camera. However I am not a fan of the glass body. It's so fragile, I would be afraid to drop and shatter it. I agree that the leaked S5 is hideous. Hopefully HTC will pull through.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:20 2

45. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


not as fragile as you may think

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:35 1

50. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


u or no one don't know what kind of material S5 will have. plus i'd rather have a removeable battery door too replace the battery. and may i remind u SAMSUNG is the top ANDROID phone in the world and best competitor to beat the IPHONE.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:17

19. Genersis (Posts: 197; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I think it more of a refinement than a new phone.
The speakers and improved screen I think just manage to justify it being released.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:18

20. iamoa (Posts: 69; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


the problem of viewing angles have been solved i guess.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:23

23. Federated (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


It is an upgrade without a doubt. Screen 5.0 to 5.2; bezels are definitely slimmer; viewing angles have improved dramatically, single speaker to Stereo speakers; 2gb ram to 3gb ram; 3000mAh to 3300mAh battery and they were able to make the phone slimmer and lighter (simply impressive hands down); 2.2 to 2.3gHz CPU clocks speed (this is minor, still an upgrade, though); camera sensor processing dramatically improved; has 120fps recording and 4K video recording (Z1doesn't have these features) Android 4.3 to 4.4. this is and U-P-G-R-A-D-E.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:23

24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3418; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


As i said earlier, a June release with snapdragon 805 would have been perfect.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:28

55. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


which we will probably see in the z3 in the fall

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:25 1

27. najib1312 (Posts: 102; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I appreciate Sony for listening to the consumers' complaints for the past 1 year has been showing efforts in rectifying them.

Complaints for Xperia Z:
Bravia Engine lacks the punch, smaller battery, Headphone port covered with fibbly flaps, Processor isn't future-proof, the side-trims are made of plastic, camera is so-so, track record for slow or lack of updates etc

All these complaints are addressed when Sony released the Z1:
Triluminous & X-Reality tech, bigger battery, Headphone port left open, Fastest processor in the market, Improved better build quality with aluminium and glass, Superior Image processing with G Lens, BIONZ which is second only to Lumia 1020, faster updates etc

But still, there were complaints for Xperia Z1:
Display is still inferior to HTC and Samsung, Bezels are huge, Heavy build, Poor sound output, Rivals started offering 4K video and 3GB RAM

With Xperia Z2, Sony has rectified all the issues mentioned above, which shows their commitment towards providng the best service to customers and emerging as the Best OEM. For that reason alone, my answer is a solid YES!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:31

29. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


It's better than expected, actually. They do fix the issues with the previous version, so I'm pretty interested in this one.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:45

31. Einstein333 (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 May 2012)


It's still a brick of a phone! Why can't get Sony rid of those large bezels?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:45

32. Federated (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


According to some hands-on reviews the screen of the Z2 has improved DRAMATICALLY. Not just the viewing angles but the color reproduction and rendering of the image itself. It has some "pop" in it. I think I already made a decision to pick this one when it arrive here in the United States.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:46

33. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1396; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Nope, but hopefully after this, they'll release flagships once a year.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:47

35. Federated (Posts: 239; Member since: 06 Mar 2010)


Bezels are NECESSARY for waterproofing and housing large capacity batteries.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:27

54. ziich (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


not necessarily. as seen with motorola phones they were able to make a water resistant phone with a large battery. even samsung's s5 is water resistant with a removable 2800mah battery. look at the Xperia m2 it is not water proof and has a 2300mah battery and still has large bezels. it is not a necessity for waterproofing. i think it is more of the omnibalance design.
fon the other hand it has smaller bezels compared to the z1 despite having a larger screen and a bigger battery

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 03:58

37. mokhtar (Posts: 250; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


sony finally fix all the issues that the last phones suffer from it .. not just sony phones but also of other companies .. they make best screen ever , best camera , best audio , best desiiiiign , the bezels are peeeerfect
so what you want more ? i will upgrade for sure , the only bad thing that sony make is the same back design or the same led flash .. that weird

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:03

39. zachattack (Posts: 580; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Fail people don't realize what is what. Clearly it's better than the Z1 or ZS. Better on a big scale also, seeing as it has a bigger battery, better screen, android 4.4 and a better camera. How is this not a better upgrade / worth it? Maybe all of you on TMOBILE can keep your crap Sony's i'm going to sport this on Big Red when i get the money because it's beautiful

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:04

51. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2361; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What makes you so sure this phone will be on Verizon? Do you even remember the last time Sony released a CDMA smartphone on our shores? You don't. Reason why? They haven't. But...good luck with that. :-)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:50 2

46. SonyPS4 (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 May 2013)


If you already have Z1 then maybe this is not that worthy but if you are using Z, T or S then this is would be nice upgrade.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:34

49. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6581; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I still ov my Z1 i could of try too hold out for the Z2 but needed a new phone. another beautiful device from SONY.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 09:05

52. Nabil2511 (Posts: 149; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)


Sony should have waited abit longer to release the Z1 with the specs of the Z2 instead.. and bring something even better for the Z2

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