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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is thinner than the Z1, with a larger, better display, faster processor, more RAM, larger battery, stereo speakers, and runs on the newest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Let's dive in for the nitty-gritty differences between the six-months old Z1, and its thorough overhaul the Z2.

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Sony Xperia Z2 vs Z1: first look
Design


Measuring at just 8.2 mm thickness, Sony's newest flagship a tad thinner than the Z1 predecessor, and it's also a tad lighter. It keeps the same rectangular OmniBalance design with soft edges, and a centerpiece round metallic power key on the side. The phone is again built on a solid one-piece aluminum frame, clasping the glass front and back panels, exuding a premium feeling, and feels a bit better in the hand.

Display


The Z2 has quite a different display panel, compared to the Z1. It's a 5.2" 1080p Triluminos display, with a new imaging technology, dubbed Live Colour LED. The weakest spot of the Z1 flagship was its 5" display panel, whose viewing angles were far from the flagship level, but on the Z2 we have an IPS panel, so this point is now moot. The new display technology here is called Live Colour LED - it uses red and green phosphor with blue LEDs, and has tailored color filters on top, that allegedly produce brighter and more evenly spread lighting.

Interface


The Z2 carries Sony's own interface overlay, like the Z1, but it is coated over Android 4.4 KitKat, which is yet to arrive on Sony's six-months old flagship. There are numerous functionality improvements, too, like DoubleTap to Wake, a Smart Call function, and a bunch of new extras in the camera interface, which we list below.

Processor and memory


The screen is not the only thing that's better here, though - the Xperia Z2 comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset with LTE support, paired with the whopping 3 GB of RAM. This processor is just a step below Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 805, which won't be in devices before the summer, which ensures that the Xperia Z2 won't seem underpowered until the next "refresh" cycle. In comparison with the Snapdragon 800 in the Z1, the new 801 comes with 14% faster Krait 400 processor cores, 28% faster Adreno 330 graphics, and the whole reason for the 801 being - a 45% improvement in camera sensor processing speed.
 

Camera


Sony again uses the 20.7 MP camera of the Z1 here, but this time enables 4K video recording from the get-go, making the Z2 "the world’s best camcorder in a waterproof smartphone". Despite that it's the same 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 1.1 micron pixels, and Sony G Lens cover, like on the Z1, Sony has leveraged the faster processor and more RAM for extra camera functions. We already mentioned the ability to shoot 4K footage, but Sony now adds its Timeshift option for video, not only for stills. 

You can shoot 120fps footage, and select where the footage should turn into slow-motion one. Add to these the real-time effects you can apply during shootin, like colouring, image trails, mirror and motion effects, as well as the AR effect you can choose before you press the camera key, and the video aspect all of a sudden becomes dramatically upgraded from the Z1. You are now also able to create short and sweet Vine video clips directly from the camera interface, too, and underwater at that, if the situation calls for it. The still shots are also getting new options, such as Background defocus. This new camera option will captures two photos at different focus settings, and blends together the different depths, leading to a blurred out background for more artsy photos.


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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:36 7

1. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


Its so huge, it looks like a dining table. But thats just me, i dont like big phones lol.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:42 5

4. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


Dining tables have legs. This phone don't. Joke = fail.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:08 3

8. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


Dont be intentionally stupid.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:35 1

10. Lyngdoh (Posts: 225; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


You are comparing a phone to a table! What kind of a joke is that?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:42 2

11. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


Oh come on now, not literally - metaphorically. Stop being so serious - you must be so fun at parties!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:27 4

9. datphoneguy (Posts: 141; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Yeah this is just too big - even the Z1 seemed kinda "clunky" in comparison to the S4/HTC One...the new Z2 is approaching the size of the Note. And the Note is far superior to the Z2 in almost every way....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:16

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2712; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I think approaching is putting it lightly. They are in the same size category.

Z2: 5.78" x 2.89" x .32"
N3: 5.95" x 3.12" x .33"

Pretty damned close.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:49

19. ivanprskalo (Posts: 117; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Note is not superior to Z2. No way.
Z2 has surely better camera, higher ppi count, resolution the same, Z2 is waterproof, better processor, battery the same, screen on par or better on Z2, so what Note has? That stupid pencil no one uses? hahah

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:39

2. red_fox (unregistered)


They look almost the same but the Z2 looks a bit more premium-ish

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:42 2

3. uchihakurtz (Posts: 276; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I'd be pissed big time if I was a Z1 owner, Z! isn't even a year old yet the replacement already fixes it in 6 months, the display looks gorgeous.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:57

20. ivanprskalo (Posts: 117; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


What is with you people. Do you use phone for bragging or what?
Why do you feel need always to have latest phone? It's not a race or competition...
Why would you be pissed off if you were Z1 owner?
Because Sony release new phone?
Is it forbidden for them? Maybe your precious feelings weren't so important to them after all... laughable... people, get a life, use your phone, don't be obsessed with non important things...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:45 1

5. Imaxxacre (Posts: 57; Member since: 23 Aug 2009)


Specs wise, I dunno if the Z2 is large enough of an improvement over the Z1 to really matter much.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:47 2

6. zachattack (Posts: 590; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


hands on video kthx. God thing thing is gorgeous

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:51 5

7. mokhtar (Posts: 271; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


everything that i want in this phone , it's just perfetc 100/100
gorgeous display
awsome camera
best build quality and the design is just awsoome , thinner and no bezels
the sound is just incredible .. 2 speakers s-force
3 GB RAM . 2.3 ghz , 20mp 4k video , slow motion 120 fps , you can use it with gloove , and waterproof , what a human want more ? this is just wow

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 06:57 1

12. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


is that IPS screen? wow that's good. Finally Sony listens to the customers

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:02

13. eq5555 (Posts: 63; Member since: 03 Dec 2013)


Black color and some contrast picture please comparison

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 07:08 1

14. Astoni (Posts: 573; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


This just goes to show how much sony "cares" about its customers... Z1 is more than capable of the 4k and 120fps.. and if we don't get anything similar in future updates its the last and first time i buy a sony flagship. I'd rather go back to samsung atleast they upgrade the phones on the software side..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:37

15. doanbx (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Haha, I am waiting Z2 is being annoucements because in that, the price of Z1 will drop and I can have own it! I love Z1

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:54

17. Scomii (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


z2 is taller than z1 but its also narrower,thinner and lighter.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:03

18. Scomii (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


z2 is taller than z1 but its also narrower,thinner and lighter. Considering that its still water proof ,has a bigger display and an even bigger battery capacity , id say its size it right.

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