How much better are the stereo speakers on the Xperia Z2 over the Xperia Z1? This video provides a clue

How much better are the stereo speakers on the Xperia Z2 over the Xperia Z1? This video provides a clue
Whilst we're still on the Xperia Z2 hype wave (read: before an actual review unit comes in for an actual review), we thought we'd share an early teaser created by our more fortunate Chinese colleagues over at ePrice. 

Said folks have done a small audio comparison that pits the shiny new Xperia Z2 directly against its predecessor, the Xperia Z1. This strictly non-scientific project, while inconclusive, is somewhat indicative of what you can expect of the front-facing stereo speakers found on Sony's refreshed flagship. The stereo effect is distinguishable, especially when you have the unimpressive mono speaker on the Xperia Z1 as a benchmark.

Sony is obviously hoping that stuffing its new flagship with the latest possible tech in each and every regard will be a winning strategy, and we can't quite blame them. The market has, after all, responded very well to having the latest, most bleeding edge hardware available in a single package. The Sony Xperia Z2 manages that very well. Obviously, this is still pre-review talk, but from the look of it Sony has done a good job with the Xperia Z2. Now please focus on trimming the bezel fat, will you, Sony?

Oh yeah, don't forget to have a listen right below.


source: ePrice via Xperia Blog

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(15h 3G talk time)

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40 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

"Now please focus on trimming the bezel fat, will you, Sony?" Now please stop bashing Sony, will you, PA? I wonder when are you going to understand that these bezels are for water proofing? And why don't you say anything about All the new One's fat bezels without being water tight??

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Bezels...bezels...bezels...yes, I know phones with thin bezels looks awesome but that doesn't mean phones with thicker bezels doesn't look awesome at all. The reason why Sony phones have thicker bezels is because of the water proofing, PA should give credit where it's due. Now, let's look at the Xperia Z2, Sony already listened to many people that they don't like the thick bezels and Sony tried their best to make the side bezels thinner, and now PA still complain about the bezels. Can't you be satisfied, PA?

21. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

As someone who's currently using the Xperia Z1 as his daily driver, I'd say that the size of the phone is a legitimate concern, waterproofed or not. Credit where credit's due, that's fair enough, but it goes both ways, or at least it should, no? Wouldn't you agree that we'd be all better served if Sony were to focus on trying to reduce the impact of said waterproofing, like we are suggesting?

22. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Nope!

30. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

He does have a point, the Z1 is very unwieldy next to the HTC One or even the Butterfly S, the straight edges only make it worse, i'm talking about personal experience here .

23. royalsovereign

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

So why you don't use the same language for htc,iPhone,and Samsung,why you always bashing Sony??look at the bezels of HTC one.

24. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

You call this bashing Sony? Again, it's a legitimate concern. I've voiced my opinion on the HTC One's size many times before: http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Sony-Xperia-Z1-Compact-vs-HTC-One_id3554 (Design section) http://www.phonearena.com/news/Living-with-the-LG-G2-a-long-term-review_id49841/page/5 (Q&A section) And these are just two examples I could think off the top of my head.

26. royalsovereign

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

In z1c vs HTC one you didn't use word,,bezel,,for htc one,that's the matter,you avoid this word since it has an impact on reader,thats why I call it bashing.

27. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Hey CrisP, I think your choice of words is the issue here. It doesn't seem right when you wrote " Now please focus on trimming the bezel fat, will you, Sony?" iPhone, HTC, NOKIA, and now Samsung have big bezels, but you haven't said anything like that.

37. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+ 1 Agree

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5717; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I agree with Chris, size is a very reasonable complaint. The Z2 is huge, its a cm taller than the already big G2. The Z1 C's 4.3" is too small, there should be a Z1 M with a 4.8" version with IP58 Or Sony should offer a non-IP58 version the size of the ZL Though I agree all the other companies could improve their bezels as well.

35. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

If Note 3, HTC Max, LG Pro can be handle without any complaint then why not Z1? Matter here is not the screen size. Its about handset size, irrespective of screen size, 5 inch Z1 or 5.7 inch screen sized Note 3, Note 3 is bigger right? Then whats the problem here? Sony is keep on improving and you guys behaving like kids? Cant you people handle extra milimeter length? Suffering from that much weakness? I think these tech sites or so called Sony haters never stops complaining about Sony. Never ever. When you people will stop complaining about silly things? Why there is no complain about same old Apple designs? Never changing Samsung desings? Copycat LGs? Overhyped HTCs? Sony is not without its flaws. I tell you Sony is the most underrated and most criticized mobile company in the world. Im not a Sony fan, nor I hate others but as you said Chris. P., atleast give credit where credit is due.

28. joonlin

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

This is samsungArena.. So far this is the best review I found (androidauthority.com/galaxy-s5-or-xperia-z2-frida​y-debate-355166/) is a link

33. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

There are phones that are waterproofed that doesn't have huge bezels. One is Sharp Aquos mini SHL24.http://www.gizchina.com/2014/01/22/sharps-aquos-mini-shl24-smallest-4-5-1080p-display-seriously-thin-bezels/

34. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yeah without front speakers, shutter button, and 20 mp camera.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, S5 also has big bezels for waterproofing. :) iCrap also has huge bezels and with no waterproofing. :P

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

The S5 is rated ip67 where as the Z2 is rated ip58, the Z2 can tolerate water pressure longer for a reason, it's not magic. And the Iphone is simply incompetent.

9. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

+1 POINT!

18. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Just shows how immature and unprofessional [some] PA reviewers are..

36. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

It actually sounds preety good, in a few months ill trade my Z1 for z2, double speaker, new display(hopefully more power efficient), bigger battery, when given oportunity I'll upgrade for sure. Now, PA, I'm waiting for a deep review to see if the details of the Z2, my BIGGEST concern is the Battery life, wich is about 2 days medium use, I also use Greenify, stock rom and not rooted. Cheers =)

2. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Putting speakers in the front makes a difference I guess. More should follow.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Quality improved though.

4. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The New HTC One's BoomSound will blow that away though...

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

ow? seen this?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UneGgmSgu0U the z2 even has more bass

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

I know you'll say that that's not the new htc one but if htc does not do improvements on their new flagship's stereo speakers, it can't blow the xz2 away.

14. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

HTC already did, check info in reddit.

11. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

One's bezels will even blow Z2's.

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

you should feature xz2 vs htc one. www. youtube .com /watch?v=UneGgmSgu0U

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Sony is not the only oem to sport huge bezels. Many lumia phones, all fruit iphones(these were literally champions), Galaxy S5 have fat bezels. Thin bezels are cool but their big drawback is durability, the chassis has direct impact on internals (watch lg g2's android authority drop test). And dont know why all praise LG's attempt over slim bezels, sony has proven itself first with xperia ZL.

15. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

Something called case for a phone is out there. You should check it out.

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