Sony Xperia Z2 has Sony's "best ever smartphone display", here's the technology behind it

This year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona saw the announcement of Sony's best smartphone to date, namely the Sony Xperia Z2. It is the successor to last year's Xperia Z1, and as such, the new flagship handset brings a number of improvements both in terms of hardware specifications and software features. Today, however, we'll focus our attention on just one of them in particular – the display. Why? well, because the Xperia Z2 sports what Sony calls its "best ever smartphone display", and from the looks of it, this statement is anything but an exaggeration.

For the Xperia Z2, Sony has picked a 5.2-inch display – 0.2 inches larger than what we had on the Xperia Z1. With its resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, the new flagship produces a pixel density of 424 pixels per inch for impressively crisp and detailed graphics. This, however, is nothing out of the ordinary for a modern-day Android high-end. Instead, what's truly worth noting is that the Sony Xperia Z2 comes with an IPS LCD display, unlike the Xperia Z1, which relied on a different kind of screen panel. This is one of the reasons why the Sony Xperia Z2's screen is more pleasant to look at. In fact, we had the chance to compare the Z2's display alongside that of the Z1 – the former really stood out next to its predecessor with its wider viewing angles and more vibrant colors.

Speaking of colors, Sony's Triluminos tech is present on the Xperia Z2. Behind the fancy name stands a software algorithm made to improve the display's color reproduction by broadening its color gamut and optimizing color gradation. The technology works in tandem with Sony's X-Reality engine, the task of which is to boost the sharpness and contrast of the image being displayed after analyzing it. Noise is being reduced as well. Furthermore, with Triluminos and X-Reality active, the software adjusts itself on the fly and sets its mode to "natural" when human skin tones are displayed, or to "vivid" when there are colors on the screen worthy of being highlighted.

Still, we've already had the chance to experience these two imaging techniques on the Xperia Z1. Sony's Live Colour LED, on the other hand, is a feature that's now making a debut on a Sony handset. Live Colour LED uses red and green phosphor along with blue LEDs and custom color filters – these together emit brighter and more uniform light. As a result, the display on the Sony Xperia Z2 should be capable of producing richer, yet not overly saturated colors.

So that, ladies and gents, is the technology behind the screen on the Sony Xperia Z2 – undoubtedly, the best screen to ever grace the front of an Xperia smartphone. And the boost in display quality is very welcome indeed since the last couple of Sony flagships lagged behind in that department compared to what the competition had to offer. Now, with a no-compromise screen on an already powerful and good-looking flagship device, Sony surely has the potential to challenge its most fearsome competitors on the smartphone market. How big of an impact the Z2's launch will cause, however, is something that only time will show.

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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)



1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Told yea.....!!!

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Don't get excited just yet. Best of Sony in a smartphone doesn't mean the best amongst all the smartphones. I would wait for a detailed review as the brief comparison done earlier by PA with Z1 wasn't that impressive as whites appeared a bit off.

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


21. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And you, don't get so disappointed. Maybe some day you could have a great phone like Z2

99. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG G3 ftw

117. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

IPS LCD... woo hoo... They're only 2 years behind the rest. LG make IPS LCD3 screens. Amazing that for a once leading TV manufacturer their screen tech is so far behind the rest of the game.... Big fail on Sony's part.

130. AnukulVcool unregistered

lol IPS LCD3 hahahaha , heard live color LED technology ?

133. Fynjy777

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

LG screens for smartphones aren't good and have troubles with colour accuracy. So, the numbers in names doesn't mean good quality.

63. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

If this phone comes out for Verizon I will definitely get this for my wife. :-) No Samsung Galaxy S5 for my wife UNLESS the Xperia Z2 doesn't come for Verizon that is... Keeping my fingers crossed...

96. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Z2 is coming in Verizon my friend, you know evleaks leaked about it. Or if not than what about HTC M8.

2. gust3r3u

Posts: 84; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

tears of joy and a waterproof phone

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Mmmmm Z2... Such a beauty. I think Z2 has a perfect display. S5 aslo has nice display, but for me the problem is the super saturated colors in AMOLED. Plus AMOLED screens will get those burn in lines after some use.

53. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I've heard the burn stuff alot, but i've never seen it. Is it really that common?.

56. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I dunno. Erica Griffin had that on her Note 2 (or GS4, not sure which one it was) Also my Nokia N9 has those. Though I'm sure Samsung's modern AMOLEDs are more reliable than the N9, but yes that can happen even on those.

61. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

No its only happens in extreme cases,like you leave ur screen on for more than 5-6 hours(on a daily basis) on a static picture(which is not normal imho,could only happen if u r using ur phone on a dock with a bad desktop),,,and that too is fixed/improved in later smartphones..I have still with me a samsung jet(samsung's first amoled phone) among other samsung phones,,,and none of them have a burn in yet..

107. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Both mine and my wife's galaxy nexus screen have burn in on the notification bar and on the soft buttons... I´ve changed my screen because it was on the warranty period, but two months later I started to see the burn in again...

111. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

my 2 year old S3 dosen't have any problems at all, it its always on vibrant screen mode with light on half full :p that really bright. No burns at all

112. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I've owned a bunch of AMOLED devices and not once have I had burn in Once.

69. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have had the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Stratosphere & now the Galaxy Note 3. The ONLY phones I have ever seen with those burn in's are the display phones at the carriers stores. Those phones displays are on 24/7 so they catch the potential customers eyes. You would literally have to have the screen on your phone turned "on" for weeks at a time non stop for that to happen. I have YET been able to get those screen burn in's on ANY of my devices...

75. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

90% of the people here talk about saturation, without even knowing the definition. Give me a simple answer -- how do you measure saturation?? "...given the fact some Z2 panels were washed out or having not as good viewing angles as others..."

82. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That's the first person I have heard say that. Just look with your own eyes. They are the best measurement method. If something doesn't look true to life, it's over saturated. Even Erica Griffin, who is extremely strict about displays, praised the Z2 display.

102. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

DisplayMate actually has engineers that have worked in the field of mobile display evaluation and calibration for decades. They'll have the final say

115. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

That guy is supercurio. He actually did the early tests with Erica. BTW, they are real-life partners. Next time, when someone talks about saturation and wide gamut in same sentence should be banned from internet.

118. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

"If something doesn't look true to life..." Seriously?? How would you know that when you are probably looking at it from a LCD display/monitor which is calibrated for a RGB colour space. Your monitor/display just contains about 35% of total visible spectrum. And you're going to tell me that you can determine the colour accuracy of any mobile display by looking at it from another screen? Achieving a wide colour space in AMOLED is probably the easiest thing to do.

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Just wait till Oppo releases the beast of march 19th.

23. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Oppo Find 7 is definitely the dark horse in this year's flag ship! If it does indeed come with a BEASTLY 4000mAh battery then it will be my next phone.

5. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The All New One's screen is gonna beat that....

8. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

keep dreaming

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Seriously ?! HTC produces the best LCDs on smartphones.

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