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Sony Xperia Z2 versus Sony Xperia Z1/Z1S display comparison

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Everything seemed to go in favor for the Sony Xperia Z1/Z1S, well, that’s until you meticulously look at its display. For all the drool worthy specs it has to offer, like its mighty processor, monster camera, and waterproof nature, the display was by far the most underwhelming part of the entire smartphone. Indeed, its massive 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display is a sight to behold, but the closer we inspected it, we began to realize a few less than pleasing elements. One of them being the washed out nature of the display, and the other being its poor viewing angles.

With the introduction of its successor, the Xperia Z2, Sony has been able to capitalize on it by improving the display tremendously. Now armed with a larger 5.2-inch 1080p Triluminos display that’s based on IPS-LCD technology, the display has now transformed into something truly magnificent! Spending some time with it at Sony’s booth in the MWC 2014 showroom floor, we compared it to its sibling’s display – and boy were we amazed by the drastic difference!

Taking the detail part out of the equation, we can visually see the superiority of the Z2’s display. In general, the screen has a more vibrant look, which helps to cast some deep and robust color tones – whereas with the Z1/Z1S display, there’s a recognizable amount of dullness, to the point that the panel appears washed out at times. Furthermore, tilting the two smartphones at various angles, we can also see how the Z2’s display is able to maintain its clarity better. Conversely, the Z1/Z1S display loses its contrast and has more visible distortion.

Needless to say, the improved display is simply icing to an already wonderful smartphone. We’re surely excited to check out the handset in final form to pass our final judgment, but until then, you can check out the improved display in our video to see how they compare.

You can see how the display in the Xperia Z2 is improved over its predecessor.
You can see how the display in the Xperia Z2 is improved over its predecessor.
You can see how the display in the Xperia Z2 is improved over its predecessor.

You can see how the display in the Xperia Z2 is improved over its predecessor.


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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 09:10 2

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Um... in the 2nd pic, taken from a bottom angle, the Z1 appears to retain more brightness although it's definitely more yellow. In the 3rd, the Z1 appears to display whiter whites, looks bit brighter too, although that depends on the setting.

Anyways, thx for the comparison, let's see how DisplayMate sees it.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 09:36

2. tech2 (Posts: 1796; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


+1. John V. can you confirm both were on same settings in terms of brightness ?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 13:39

16. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


yes, i placed them both to the highest setting

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:16

3. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2686; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Wait i'm confused. Mr. John V. can you confirm from Sony what kind of z2 panel is, is it an OLED or simply LED backlit LCD.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:36

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The Z1S display was that washed out? Improvement yes, but it looks like Sony over saturated the colors on the Z2 like LG did with the G2.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:49 3

5. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Expect them to release the Z2579aS in 4 months with a better triluminus screen!! Am glad that it's not just me that finds the whites are too yellowish and that this phone still suffers from bad viewing angles.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:58 1

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Z1S and Z1 Compact were just released too lol. Z2S should be here by June to improve on what the Z2 never did.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:01 1

8. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Z, Z1, Z1S, and now the Z2, were all released in 13 months! Tells us much about the perfection of this flagship.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:07 1

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Viewing angles are still pretty bad compared to 1520, iPhone 5S, Note 3, G2, HTC One to name a few.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:15 2

12. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Oh no?!! But it is a triluminus is it? Triluminus produce the clearest sounds out of all batteries in the market. Sony are the best, after I buy their flagship, they release the next one within a month just to keep me refreshed. Jokes asides, why does these trolls always claim Samsung copies from apple, when according to them Samsung is ugly? And is not it funny how Sony uses a glass black, and the same camera and flash placement as the iPhone 4 and 4s had 4 years ago?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:23 1

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because Sony is "innovative" while Samsung and Apple aren't. If it weren't for those two, we'd still be using flip phones. But Sony made glass phones popular, not Apple. Z2S rumors and leaks should begin pretty soon and be announced around June.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:27 2

14. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You're better than that man, June??? You should do your homework better next time. Expect it to be released in April lol

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:59

7. bkzebraphone (Posts: 36; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


In most reviews for the Z1/Z1S, the cons were always the washed out display. Now the Z2 takes care of that but as most reviewers will, they'll find something wrong about the phone despite its great specs and performance.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:02 3

9. maherk (Posts: 786; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


We are stating the obvious, pictures don't lie, the Z2 has yellowish whites and not so good viewing angles.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:09 5

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


And according to the user base of this site, it's the best display in the world... Sorry, the 1520 still ranks king.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 14:24 4

17. tech2 (Posts: 1796; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


and also according to N-faboys, no one will beat Nokia XL with its 480*800, 187 ppi screen.

Seriously, though Sony fanbase seems kinda cute when it comes to Nokia fanboys. Say a word against their beloved brand and they'll chop ur Mickey's throat off.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:22

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7409; Member since: 14 May 2012)


They already have at least 200 times since yesterday. It's okay though. They're making themselves look bad without me even having to try.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 12:13

15. bkzebraphone (Posts: 36; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Wow! Really? Dam! :( well at least more improved than the Z1 lol

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