A phone that fits into the very same category is the new HTC One (M8). Like the Sony Xperia Z2, it is sleek, powerful, and packed to the brim with goodies of all kinds. From the external design, through the goodies under the hood, to all the fancy software features, the HTC One (M8) seems like a phone that can easily give the Xperia Z2 a run for its money.
Visually, the new HTC One (M8) is expected to be very similar to its critically-acclaimed predecessor, adopting an enhanced version of its outstanding, all-metal construction. This is why we consider both HTC's and Sony's flagships to be in the same league when it comes to design. The new HTC One isn't water-resistant, but unlike the Z2, it features a built-in IR blaster for controlling TVs, stereos, and set-top boxes.
The Sony Xperia Z2 can't be regarded as a compact smartphone, as it is 5.78 inches (146.8 mm) tall and 2.89 inches (73.3 mm) wide. It is also far from the lightest among today's high-ends with a weight of 5.75 ounces (163 grams). Looking at the new HTC One, though, the situation seems pretty similar, as HTC's new offering has dimensions of 5.76 x 2.78 x 0.37 inches, and a weight of 5.64 oz (160 g). So, we can officially say that we're dealing with two 'grand' smartphones, in every sense of the word.
HTC outfitted the 2013 One with a pair of high-quality speakers in the front, which made the phone ideal for music listening and for watching movies. The good news is that these are still present on the new HTC One. Sony, however, has also added front-facing stereo speakers to its flagship. Which phone will produce better sound remains to be seen, or rather... heard.
Even though the new HTC One will be about as large as the Xperia Z2, it will use a slightly smaller, 5-inch display. Sure, a size difference of 0.2 inches is not that big of a deal, but it still counts as an advantage for Sony's flagship. Size aside, last year's HTC One had a wonderful S-LCD 3 display with accurate color reproduction and great viewing angles, and the One (M8) is taking things even further. However, which screen will prove to be the better one remains to be seen.