See how Sony Xperia Z Ultra's Triluminos display stacks up against the one on the Sony Xperia Z

See how Sony Xperia Z Ultra's Triluminos display stacks up against the one on the Sony Xperia Z

Slim chances of this one, but if youhaven't checked it out already, you shouldn't waste any more time andgo check ourSony Xperia Z Ultra review. Certainly not without weaknesses, weare nevertheless impressed with Sony's foray into the phablet market.And while the Z Ultra's massive diagonal has become a recurringtopic, thequality of the display is just as great and a topic of its own.

Best described as two thirds a tabletwith just a third carrying the phone DNA, the Xperia Z Ultra'sdisplay has been largely improved in comparison with the panels inolder Xperia smartphones. And though the advancement is noticeableeven with a naked, untrained eye for the most part, some may befinding themselves scratching their heads, wondering exactly what haschanged. Well, first and foremost, Sony's previously TV-exclusiveTriluminos tech has made its way into the Z Ultra, allowing for awider palette of colors for the software to pick from. This has beenachieved through the use of the so called “quantum dots”, a setof super small nano particles that emit light at a preset wavelength,depending on which the human eye then perceives a given color. What'smore, the so called OptiContrast technology that is present with theZ Ultra lets more backlight go through to the LCD TFT panel,resulting in higher brightness and contrast levels, along with theextra perk of better visibility outdoors.

But great hardware is only a part ofthe equation, and to that end, Sony's BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile isworking hard to improve certain aspects of local media content, such ascontrast, saturation, noise reduction and sharpness. At this point,you're probably wondering what happened with the X-Reality engine(the successor to the mobile Bravia Engine 2), anotherprevious TV-exclusive, so here are the bad news first: it's nowhereto be found – not on any version of the Z Ultra right now. The goodnews? An update is expected in the week commencing September 9that will both add support for the new engine and a reworked UI.

That's about enough techno lingo,though. So head for the slideshow right below and witness foryourself the undeniable improvements Sony has packed into the Z Ultrathrough a visual comparison with the now older Sony Xperia Z.

source: Xperia Guide

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Xperia Z Ultra
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3050 mAh(16h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Wow, that looks gorgeous! Looks like they solved the display issues the Z had and went beyond. I would love to see it in person. Still way too big for me to use as a phone, but man...if the Honami comes with that display and the camera turns out to be as good as rumored. :O (Also, I like the fact that whoever owns it changed the icons to the osx dock icons. Hehehe)

32. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Ya i have one in hand - C6802 model and it's nothing short of amazing, personally i am ok with the size of this...Once you get used to the size, it's an amazing piece of hardware...with a few cons like the speaker loudness and battery...

33. zoom007 unregistered

how did you (Chris P) change the design of onscreen controls/buttons of xperia z ?

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U guys can complain bout sonys TFT display all you want their display still look great. still sony makes one of the beautiful designs in their phones. I'm going wait till Sept 4th too look at the upcoming HONAMI

10. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

In fact, IPS or PLS are also TFT, but the XZ's screen is so crap. I agree that XZU's screen is great, but it looks more great when put beside the crap Xperia Z. It's like a nice girl look much more beautiful when standing next to a "not good looking" girl.

23. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

From worst display to best display. AMAZING SONY

28. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The whites on the Z ultra are destroying the other 2 phones. Its literally pure white. (I have a Qnix Q2710 so I can tell much easier than a normal TN monitor)

47. 2bSupriyo

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 17, 2013

Z display has improved a lot after recent updates. Its not so bad as shown. I have the Z with the same set of wallpapers. Trust me they do not look like the above. I have checked from various angles:-)

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Night and day difference is shown in picture #2. Props to Sony for stepping up their game.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

this display showing me clearness.......Just Wow can't wait to see Sony Honami........!!!

5. zoom007 unregistered

how did you change the design of onscreen controls/buttons of xperia z ? i am sick n tired of the nexus like buttons which waste my precious real estate.

30. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

ABSOLUTELY AGREE with you: On-screen buttons Suck: They just waste VALUABLE real estate!

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Wow now Sony made it believe.... Lol

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What a screen! Triluiminious + Xperia = Awesomeness! Good job, Sony! Sony always make me believe. Sony Honami, I'm waiting for ya!

41. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

You have no money to buy it anyway you spoiled brat xD Btw , thinking of getting a Sony Vaio Pro 13 , its has Triluiminious display too

8. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 2013

i want to see a comparison between the z ultra and S4. to end the war of display. great job by sony "salute"

11. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

you can see its comparison with G2 and S4 here:

9. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Really nice improvement over the XZ. Next, a display comparison with the S4.

15. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Let me help you, check my post #14

18. redmd

Posts: 1949; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

from the link, Google translate said "Galaxy S4 Display Mode: Standard / Xperia Z Ultra X-Reality: on" Not on equal grounds are we. AS I see it, X-Reality makes the display vivid while loosing some contrast in the process. I think Sony needs to fine tune it a bit. XZ has the worst display for a flagship device.

20. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I think X-Reality only works in galery and videos. from this browser comparison i think ZU display is great

31. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

That is, indeed, correct. X-reality only helps with local media content, e.g. photos and videos on the device's gallery. It offers no edge when browsing pictures on the web, for example.

22. yudi.nemesis unregistered

and this what they said about ZU Screen with X-Reality Z Ultra in TRIUMINOS screen with X-Reality under the overall brightness has improved significantly, in addition to the RGB color rendering also strengthened, with the view of colorful plants and flowers and the like pictures, the effect will be better highlighted it! ▲ landscape photo shows what then? Xperia Z Ultra remaining two display colors with discrepancy is mainly based on X-Reality image enhancement operations. Photos can be seen, X-Reality still used the first overall brighter image, and then enhance contrast, sharpness, etc., optimized so that the lower half of the island to view photos themselves even more prominent.

26. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I know Xperia Z doesn’t have the best display, but according to displaymate. In sRGB color gamut Xperia Z have more accurate color than S4 even in movie mode. Brightness and Contrast is on par with HTC One. So the only problem with Xperia Z is viewing angle.

12. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

The problem with these types of comparisons is if you were not actually there you do not know what the picture on the screen SHOULD look like. More saturated colors usually look better to most people but may be inaccurate. And judging detail is subject to the display and resolution of the device on which you are viewing these pictures.

13. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

looks really good ultra more to realistic No wonder honami screen will be even more gorgeous .. ;)

16. makwasay

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

i'm not too sure about this and i don't mean to nag but the xperia z seems to be rooted and thus won't it be missing the additions such as the bravia engine and other tweaks that sony put in to make the display look better. yes there are times when rooting can make the screen better (nexus 4 francokernel) but it seems like an unfair test against xperia z and doesn't definitively show how much better the screen is in reality to the stock xperia z

25. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Bravia Engine or future X-Reality is only software enhance that only work at Album and Video app. It won't functioning in the home launcher itself.

17. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Wow nice one sony! So now ill wait for your next flagship with those screen xperia zu is so huge for me..

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