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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: specs comparison
The Sony Xperia Z2 has just arrived featuring that typical, refined Sony style, but don’t let its looks fool you - under the hood, it packs some impressive silicon muscle. And as Sony is pushing to release its top-shelf smartphones faster than any other company on the market (it’s at 6-month product cycles right now), it should have the edge over competitors.

Is that really so? Nothing would tell better than a quick fact check - only specs and nothing else. That’s how we compare the Xperia Z2 to see whether it’s any better than the preceding Xperia Z1 and the top dog on the Android market right now, the Galaxy Note 3.

We ought to warn you first, though, that the difference is in the detail. The Xperia Z2 does not feature any fancy new features like the Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) displays that we were all hoping for - instead it’s a gradual improvement.

Take a look and let us know what you think - is the Xperia Z2 worth buying, and would you prefer it over the Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Design
OSAndroid (4.4.2)Android (4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)Android (4.4, 4.3)
Dimensions5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)
Weight5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
Body materialGlass  
Design features  Stylus
RuggedWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust resistant 
IP certifiedIP 58IP 58 
Display
Physical size5.2 inches5.0 inches5.7 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

424 ppi441 ppi386 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDTFTSuper AMOLED
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera
Camera20.7 megapixels20.7 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.0F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 27 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size1/2.3"1/2.3"1/3.06"
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, 3GPPMPEG4, H.263, H.264 
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)Digital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Video lightDigital image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels2 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-ABQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processorAdreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3072 MB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR33072 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage16 GB16 GB64 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC
Battery
Talk time15.00 hours
the average is 12 h (740 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 12 h (740 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 12 h (740 min)
Stand-by time28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 20 days (492 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 20 days (492 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (492 h)
Talk time (3G)19.00 hours
the average is 14 h (863 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 14 h (863 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 14 h (863 min)
Stand-by time (3G)30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 22 days (520 h)
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 22 days (520 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 22 days (520 h)
Stand-by time (4G) 31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 23 days (559 h)
Music playback120.00 hours110.00 hours84.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours5.50 hours13.00 hours
Capacity3200 mAh3000 mAh3200 mAh
TypeLi - IonLi - IonLi - Ion
Wireless chargingOptional  
Technology
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE700 (band 13), 700 (band 17), 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz700 (band 17), 800 (band 18), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1800 (band 3), 1900 (band 2) MHz
DataLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRSLTE Cat4 Downlink 150 Mbit/s, LTE Cat3/4 Uplink 50 Mbit/s, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS


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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:55

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 312; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Wow... Sony... But HD Tri Screen..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30 2

2. AnukulVcool (Posts: 116; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


z2 screen is IPS

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:21

3. rihel_95 (Posts: 197; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Snapdragon 801?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:10 1

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


Exact dimensions?

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