Sony Xperia Z screen comparison, more camera samples emerge

Sony Xperia Z screen comparison, more camera samples emerge
While the camera software can still be tweaked from the prototype unit stage, that has been used in an Xperia Z preview published today, the screen will most likely not undergo any changes.

The display comparison picture with other current flagships reveals something we've noticed on all Sony high-ends with the Mobile BRAVIA Engine tech - weak viewing angles and greyscale black levels. Colors get significantly washed out and brightness is diminished when you tilt the phone in any direction, so that's something you'd have to live with when it comes to the Xperia Z as well.

Its 5" display has one very important virtue that compensates, though - the incredible 443ppi pixel density is a sight to behold, as you can see in the microscopic comparison with other modern smartphones; the image stays smooth even when zoomed in, unlike the HD screen phones around it.

As for the camera samples, they are mostly decent in the "Superior Auto" mode, and actually quite good in the "Normal" mode, but indoors the situation is as bad as with most phones but Nokia's PureView efforts. We might have small software tweaks for the retail units so as noise suppression doesn't smear fine detail as much as in the samples below, but overall the main advantage of the Exmor RS sensor seems to be the HDR video function, of which we've compiled a playlist for you.

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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)

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70 Comments

1. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

i dont know but washed out colors viewing in wide angles doesn't seems to bother me at all. im not going to look at it side ways that often though i have to say its eye catching. having a good viewing angle only matters for people who keeps on bragging their phone or keep showing it without using it. what is more important to me is sunlight legibility i hope sony makes it legible. for white magic technology in xperia p is really good even under the bright sunlight., how i hope they include it with xperia z but anyways i cant wait for the upcoming review of this phone! :)

5. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I agree with you. But in fact the reason of full-HD on =< 5 inch screen is useless also (thought that Pentile tech probably needs it) . People are still crazy about the "wonderful" numbers on paper, so this is still pretty disappointed (for some)

15. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

as long as it sharp enough for me to read its alright for me

22. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

Agree with you, but it is still seen from wide angle. I hope sony will make it total black from side view. I use my phone for privacy and security not for bragging screen to other who can see what I'm doing. People who want wide viewing angle maybe lack of self confident so they need it to lift their coolness

59. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Sonyviet.vn is a forum with full of Samsung haters. I don't know what did they do but my Note 2 is still bright at 178 degree

67. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

The xperia z is a neo-ips its better than the samsung screens.

28. phljcnth

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You sound defensive. Accept it, TFT sucks.

49. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Xperia Z don't use TFT. It uses Japan Display's LED-backlit Neo-IPS

54. phljcnth

Posts: 548; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Says who? Look at the second picture man. Then tell me it's an IPS

57. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Look at my link man. It's a Neo-IPS. Japan Display is Sony's LCD manufacturer. Sony is one of the owner of JDI.

58. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

IPS on iPhone, iPad, OneX and PLS on Note 10.1 are TFT LCD

40. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

It does matter on some situations, like if you are seeing a video on your phone and your friend wants to see too you both can't see the screen head on, i found the excellent viewing angles on my One X to be quite useful but thats me. I will get thumbed down for this but Sony fans try to make the cons of their phones look like not a con, look at the Xperia S, "OMG THA BEST PHOONE EVAAARRR!!!11!1!1ONE!!1" and it failed miserably. (Don't get me wrong i love the Xperia S's sexy design.)

41. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

my thing is, LETS MAKE THE CONS OF SAMSUNG (you know? the blueish tinted screen and plastic build? as well as their stolen ideas........ooops :( ) known as much as the "nit picky" things with sony..........then i will have nothing to say......

51. REYNER

Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

plug it to hdmi cable and in to the TV and the problem is gone

66. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Do you have an HDMI cable and a TV in your pocket? I sure don't have one.

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Too bad, Viewing angles looks way worser than other smart phones. It will take a hit at sales..

20. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

i dont think it will take that much of a hit , it will still sell , but if it had some IPS display then it would have been the best among all

50. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

It actually uses JDI's Neo-IPS. There is just something wrong with that comparion.

24. r41nier

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

compared to Note II. http: //sonyviet.vn/2013/01/xperia-z-lan-dau-cham-tran-g​​alaxy-note-2-trong-1-bo-anh-sac-net/ i don't know what happened to the comparison here.

42. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

TFT can refer to any lcd technology actually, there is a pretty good chance its IPS we will have to wait a few weeks for proof though.

31. Feanor

Posts: 1275; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I think people place too much importance on viewing angles which is not a crucial handicap and less on brightness of screen which for a device that is meant to be used very often outdoors is an extremely important matter. The Z may have poor viewing angles but one of the brightest screens (even without White Magic). The Super AMOLED screens, like the one on the Galaxy S3 are notoriously dim under the sun. So, what do you prefer? I bright screen visible under the sun, or one with great viewing angles that is hardly discernible under the sun?

38. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Honestly the s3 screen isn't notoriusly dim.. have you ever used one? My s3 perfectly fine even under the very bright sunlight.. it just not as bright as the lcd though.. but it's perfectly fine trust me.. or maybe some people really2 have problem with their eyes..

52. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I dont think any of this matters with any of these screens. I always keep the brightness down all of the way on my GS3 because even at night, its too bright and it hurts my eyes.

60. Feanor

Posts: 1275; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'm just talking about objective criteria and what I have read. The Xperia Z manages a brightness of 500 candelas and the S3 less than 300. I also have read that the S3 screen washes out quickly under strong sun. Even if to your experience the GS3 is adequate in brightness, the Z is obviously still much brighter, which is what objectively counts, so forget about the poor viewing angles.

35. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Viewing angles are for retards mate. Using a phone sideways?

43. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

Wiewing angles only matter if you like to share content, 99% of the time I am looking straight at my phone so I don't care what the view angles are.

53. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Sometimes I watch youtube videos with others. Does that make my companions retards for not being able to see the screen at the same time?

71. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Nope, because that's not their phone :P if you want to share/watch videos, buy a tablet darn!

3. JeffPilsner

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

LG Optimus G Pro- looking wayyyy better now

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