The Sony Xperia Z2 has just arrived and it will face competition from some of the best devices out there. One such is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a device that is said to be selling in larger quantities than even the S4.
The Xperia Z2 might have arrived just now and might have benefited from the newest components available, but the Galaxy Note 3 already was an extremely impressive device, so it's interesting to see how these two compare. An evolution over the Xperia Z1, the Z2 features a larger, 5.2-inch 1080p display, and it runs on the new Snapdragon 801 system chip. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 3 is a phablet with a 5.7-inch display - larger, but not by much, and it’s got a slower chip. Has Samsung finally found its match? We’ve taken a first look at the two at MWC, so let’s see.
The Note 3 also features an S Pen for hand-writing, and that’s a nice touch. The Xperia Z2 does not have any stylus bundled in.
The screen technologies that the two handsets use are different as well. The Xperia Z2 uses an IPS LCD display, while the Note 3 ships with an AMOLED screen. Good news is that viewing angles on the Xperia Z2 seem to have improved, and generally the screen looks nice, with vibrant but not hugely oversaturated colors. The Note 3, in contrast, uses a non-standard color space with overblown colors that look appealing at first, but are also not very realistic.
In terms of interface, not much has changed in the Timescape skin that Sony puts on top of Android. In the Xperia Z2 it looks practically identical to the one in the Z1, with the same clean, modern icons and visuals. The Galaxy Note 3, in contrast, is much more colorful, cheerful, with rounded cartoony icons.
Processor and memory
Internal storage is 32GB on the Note 3 and 16GB on the Xperia Z2, but luckily you can expand it via microSD cards of up to 64 gigs on both.
We are yet to see camera samples and draw deeper conclusions about the quality of these cameras, so stay tuned.
All in all, the Xperia Z2 has all the benefits of being a newer device as it ships with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 801 system chip inside that give it an edge over the Note 3. It’s also protected from the elements and has that stylish glass body and trendy looks that we appreciate. The Note 3, however, is still an extremely powerful device that matches the Z2 in practically every area, despite the fact that Samsung launched it months ago. It's also got that S Pen bundled in, which some might like. We'd call it a draw at first sight, and what do you think?