This is where Xperia XZ2 is better than Galaxy S9

This is where Xperia XZ2 is better than Galaxy S9
Sony took the plunge, and finally changed the aging design of its Xperia flagships to something more palatable in this day and age of phones with 80%+ screen-to-body ratio. The Xperia XZ2 and Compact are outfitted with the trendy (and now de facto standard) 18:9 aspect ratio, and, while they do have plenty of top and bottom bezels to play with, it's a far cry from the Inch High monstrosities of yesteryear. 

Sony's new phones have all the hallmarks of a 2018 spring flagships, too, like Snapdragon 845 chipsets, waterproof certification, HDR displays, and very capable cameras that can do amazing things with slow motion effects. Heck, in some areas they even surpass the fresh flagship of the world's largest brand name Android maker, Samsung. Yes, the Xperia XZ2 takes the Galaxy S9's lunch in these aspects:

True 10-bit HDR capture

Back when the Galaxy S9 was announced on Sunday, Qualcomm immediately put out a press release that claimed "The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, featuring Ultra HD Premium capture for cinema-quality video and Gigabit LTE for lightning-fast connectivity." well, scratch the UHD part, as the press release was subsequently edited to simply say "featuring an immersive camera experience and Gigabit LTE for lightning-fast connectivity."

The reason that Qualcomm was so quick with the trigger is that the 845 processing power is capable of supporting true HDR video capture, but for some reason Samsung may have decided to leave that out of the otherwise pretty amazing Galaxy S9 camera set. While we can only guess that the reason is to put the features of the Snapdragon 845-equipped S9 on par with those of the Exynos 9810 models, it now leaves only the Xperia XZ2 as the first phone capable of 10-bit HDR video recording in the backward compatible HLG format.

960fps Super Slow Motion at 1080p video

Oh, the times we live in, when phones have dedicated camera sensor memory fast enough to store the whopping amounts of frames needed for a few seconds of amazing slow-motion video effects to spice up your footage. The Galaxy S9, however, does 960fps slow-mo at 720p, while the Xperia XZ2 does the same at 1080p, which is much more usable as an end result. Sony, after all, pioneered this field with the 1000fps sensor it put in the Xperia XZ Premium a full year before Samsung's current effort.

Better battery life, more RAM, lower price

The Xperia XZ2 packs a 3180mAh battery, and, while that's just marginally higher than the 3000mAh unit in the S9, the XZ2 has FHD+ vs QHD+ display resolution, which usually adds 20-30% to the battery life at the same capacity and chipsets. Moreover, Sony is renowned with its battery stamina, and we don't mean the dedicated power-saving mode only. 

Our recent tests of the Xperia XA2, for instance, which has a 3300mAh battery inside, returned more than 10 hours of screen-on time. That is a record for this capacity in our benchmarks, and we have no doubts that the battery endurance of the XZ2 won't fall far behind. To add insult to injury, the XZ2 has 6GB RAM vs the 4GB on Galaxy S9, and costs less, at least in Europe, though by the time it actually launches, the prices may be on par. 

That's why it's not surprising that in our latest poll, more than 40% of the 4500+ respondents said they prefer the Xperia XZ2 before the Galaxy S9. Too bad that it's not known if and when the new Xperias will be officially supported on a US carrier.

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Xperia XZ2
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3180 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)



1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

True to an extent , but Samsung has its own set of advantages : 1. Samsung experience UX . Looks amazing imho 2. Samsung Pay . Works flawlessly and works everywhere. 3. Samsung Backup - Backs up everything really well , no need of any other service. 4. Looks.( though subjective. My view. ) 5. Camera . Sony always good on paper , hardly ever delivers in camera dept 6. Resale value - Very important for people who change phones every 6 months like me. Sony has amongst the worst in this. 7. Features . Just make using this a dream. The amount of small features samsung packs in in just awesome. 8. Most important - THAT GORGEOUS 2K SAMOLED - No one comes close.

5. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

1. the experience ui of the xperia is more rapid, fluid and with more useful characteristics 2.All banks have bank pay apps. 3.The Sony backup does the same 5. The camera of the xperia is the best in video and in photos I do not notice anything with other cameras. 6. Samsung phones lose more value. 7 The Xperia also have many useful little features. 8. Ips HDR rgb sony > crapmoled penline poot in subpixels

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

All you did was counter his opinion with yours. You didn't state facts, especially with point #5. Sony is not even mentioned when it comes to camera comparisons.

21. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Sony destroy samsung in cameras

32. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Then why isn't it mentioned by Dexomark?

22. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

I was not aware that just installing an apk would also solder in a MST module so you can use your device at a non nfc terminal.

28. gamehead unregistered

Were's 4?

6. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I don't like s9 because that 2K SAMOLED, it looks so bad

26. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Gosh ! SAMOLED looks bad . ? I 'm an iPhone only sorta guy as im tied in from a decade but Samsungs Amoled screens are always amazing. This is heights of bias !! Lmfao

9. Feanor

Posts: 1411; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Totally disagree about the mess that is Samsung Experience. Four, five months later updates than Sony, totally not adhering to Google Material design directives, which means that you have a mess of UX design elements in one phone. Sorry, no. Sony is actually slightly better than stock Android, because it keeps everything stock, everything Material Design and adds only extremely beautiful wallpapers and animations.

17. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"Four, five months later updates than Sony..." The updates are based on the carrier, not the manufacturer. "...adds only extremely beautiful wallpapers..." You're trying to make a punt with wallpapers?! That's like saying a phone better because it has a certain color. You're merely stating that you like personalization options.

20. Feanor

Posts: 1411; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Uh? The updates depend on the manufacturer and further delays come from the carrier. Samsung disseminated Oreo update for the S8 nearly four months later than Sony for the XZ Premium and five months later than the XZ1. Don't litter the comment section with nonsense.

31. Gags987

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 28, 2018

And who says whatever Google says or believes is best for everyone? Samsung has been around the same time as has been android

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Any phone can use Android Pay ( it has new name which I dont remember). Sony has own back up. You wont need to download app again after when you save all.

24. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

battery life beats most of them, atleast the first 3 IMo, looks is subjektive, i like the xperia better, i dont mind a little bezel, samsung ui in far laggyer in my experience, coming from s7 i am not very impressed with samsung ui, it looks cool, but not more . I will agree with the screen and features, ther samsung is better. Camera also, but not as much as manny want to say.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Because of slow motion? Nobody will use that. S9 camera is far superior in everyday use just like any S series before it. Other manufacturers come up with cool gimmicks but Sammy's camera always outperforms them in regular use.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 858; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Is SDR comparison footage made by XZ2 too?

7. AliBashir

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Xz2 is better in everything except the design.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1411; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

...and of course the totally underrated, all important Digital Noise Cancellation that Sony has had since Z2 and only HTC have copied for the moment.

10. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

XZ2 is better in every way than the s9. Possible best phone of 2018 winner!

18. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

LMAO! Okay. We'll see how it does once these phones are available to the general public.

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

They forgot to say audio... S9 will be a huge step from s8 if it is on pair with Z2.

13. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

15. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

to me samsung is android , love the way UX is now , very useful , fluid , the stock app are really good ( email for example ) ,being able to schedule sms in the messaging stock app is a most for me . I am not saying the others manufactures ( sony , etc ) are bad, but samsung ( to me ) has the most comprehensive, useful and enjoyable experience in android OS, I just want a flat screen version , and 128 gb at least native storage .

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Just the case of a mediocre phone being better than a phone from last year posing as a new phone. Phones this MWC were disappointing. Now had Sony announced a XZ premium as rumoured, that would be a different story.

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30. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Really Phonearena? You make an article to persuade people to not buy a Samsung phone, but you don't even make an opposite and equivalent article in order to level out the playing field? You're literally just trying to make people not buy Samsung smartphones. Please try and scale down your bias just a tiny bit, this is ridiculous.

33. risingsun

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2018

Qualcomm didnt delete the hdr recording information on the galaxy s9 on their site...its still on their website in the details...most if not all snapdragon 845 smartphones will have 4k hdr recording because this is what the processor offers as a major specification. Samsung is lying to US consumers by not officially making public that 4k hdr recording will not be on the s9 if this feature will not be on snapdragon versions. Also samsung is not trying to equal up things across the board because the international version of the s9 has titanium gray but not US carriers. If samsung is going to actually disable 4k hdr recording on the s9, which i highly doubt, that would be a hard blow to US consumers who know snapdragon 845 has this feature.

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