Sony Xperia Z2 is here, but is it enough of an upgrade?

Sony Xperia Z2 is here, but is it enough of an upgrade?
The Sony Xperia Z2 is here and it’s a brand new Sony flagship coming just six months after the Xperia Z1. But wait, look closer and you’d see that it’s not all that huge of an upgrade. In fact, it seems that so little has changed that we caught ourselves wondering: is this enough of an upgrade for a device widely believed to be Sony’s next big thing? Or should have Sony just called this the Xperia Z1 Advanced of sorts, or even yet - should it have even announced it?

In reality, most people in the United States change phones every two years or so when it’s time to renew their contract, so the Xperia Z2 might not fit well in those timeframes.

At the very same time, the Xperia Z2 will look better when compared against the state-of-the-art devices that are fresh off MWC, and will help Sony stay competitive. Maybe that’s a good enough reason alone, don’t you think?

Sony Xperia Z2 is here, but is it enough of an upgrade?


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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. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I would don't know. Because it's like an improved Z1. Really.

10. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

The article saying abt Z1 vs Z2, not Z. And Z1 and Z2 are virtually the same.

36. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

If this was Samsung/LG flagship, people will be going crazy by now. But if this is Sony/Nokia/Apple, people are absolutely fine with such an 'upgrade'. The screen 'upgrade' issue is really weird. In 2014, we should have this type of screen by default. It was Sony's fault that they shipped a sub-par screen in previous models. What they shipped today is available with other vendors for long time. So, essentially the upgrade is because they were so bad previously. Rest everything is normal as we see in present models for various vendors. Nothing extraordinary, fairly normal stuff. 4K was in Note3. knock-on feature from LG. smart pause feature from Samsung. Same old design, same UI for years. Just imagine the complaints for Samsung/LG when they ship with same design/UI. IMO, this is a decent effort from Sony, on par with other vendors. But nothing extra-ordinary or significant improvement. Fairly *normal* IMO.

41. ziich

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

i do agree with you somewhat but here is my question. In the upcoming phones like the s5 and m8 do you think you will see anything truly new or innovative? I do not think Qualcomm has release the 805 yet so i doubt we will see 64 bit bit( which cannot be used to its full potential atm anyway). fingerprint sensors have been seen in the 5s ands one max and i doubt we will see a 2k display. maybe a better camera with ois? once again we have seen these features already. 2014 is definitely a refinement year

48. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I'm pretty pissed.. i bought the z1, z2's software side could be transfer to z1 in an update since the snapdragon 800 is more than capable to slowmotion and 4k (note3) and i know we won't get it, it just goes to show how much sony "cares" about its customers..

56. ziich

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

sony has been on a 6 month upgrade cycle for at least two years. this should not be a surprise to you. especially if you are on a site like this that has been following the leak if this device for quite a while now. the z1 came out 6 months after the z which came out 6 month after the t which came out 6 months after the s. plus as of recently they have been pretty good about updating their devices ( unlike lg i mean the g2 is still on 4.2.2). them releasing a new phone doesn't make you phone any worse

53. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

man, you just said what i was gonna say...its amazing how people criticizes Samsung and not Sony...they say Samsung with Galaxy line have the same design and when Sony releases the Xperia line they say WOW! really, im not saying its ugly, but man, besides the size and the frame around the phone, whats the difference?? not only the previous models comes with subpar screen, but the camera software was kind of bad..20mpx with no really good quality pictures?? i dont have the phone, i wanted to buy though, but after reading a lot of reviews i gave up. now, they seemed to have fixed it, but nothing really new, just good specs and people say wow? Like Xperia Droid already said, its just an Z1 improved, which is good of course, but not WOW.

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

But hey, at least Sony improved the screen, the battery, the RAM, the speakers, it's even thinner than the Z1, so I will still say yes even if I'm deja vu messed up with this right now. This is what the Z1 should've be. P.s. PhoneArena, your "can't edit comment after 240 seconds" is annoying, please fix it.

30. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Actually you can't edit the comment after 120 secs (2 mins) but for some reason it shows 240 secs instead of 120 secs.

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

This has alot of improvements like smaller bezels, bigger better screen, better processor, more RAM, surround speakers, noice cancelling, slim quality design(well as always in Sony products) if somebody complains about the little changed design, just look at iPhones, Galaxies and HTCs. They all have their iconic design, which some of us like and some of us don't

38. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Smaller bezels? They should never have been so big in the Z1.

42. ziich

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

true but the bezels are still huge and it still has only 16 gb of onboard storage(despite the micro sd card) apps can only be stored on internal memory. 32 should have at least been an option

26. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

It could have been worse too... But atleast they did a pretty good job by refining the Z1 into Z2...

34. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

I vote yes.. but it's a very marginal call. Z1 got few cons like poor viewing angles,below loudspeaker performance & somewhat ok battery life. Z2 cover those well I think. So even though it's not revolutionary upgrade still a worthy upgrade in my opinion.

40. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

if this was the iphone, it'll have to skip a number lol

43. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

depends on what the competition will unviel

47. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its a Z1 plus in reality but its still a great handset. If I had an Xperia Z or Z1 i wouldnt be racing to upgrade but someone switching from a different manufacturers handset would be impressed

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Nope. It's essentially the same thing as the Z1 but with a little speed boost that won't be noticeable for the most part and some new camera tricks.

3. ysk79

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Prospect of Z2 mini is more exciting now ...

4. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

What more than be added to Z2 ? Finger Print scanner or a 2K screen ? I think thats all? Other than that the entire phone is complete.

5. AnukulVcool unregistered

z2 have : better screen(its IPS now), smaller bezels, faster processor (snapdragon 801), bigger ram (3gb vs 2gb) , bigger battery(3200mah vs 3000mah), noise cancellation headphones are bundled in! If this is not an upgrade then my friend...... you are a spec retard

11. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Spec freak alert!

18. AnukulVcool unregistered

I was referring to guys like you

25. geordie8t1 unregistered

but it is really more of an advancement rather then a new phone, i mean ok the display may be better (Needed to be) ram is a good addition, helps to play with googles poor management of app closures,but a faster processor, this is something i don't buy into, i mean all the latest flagship from the past year have got super fast clock speeds that a little extra juice although maybe helpful is totally unnoticeable any more, i would much rather them focus on their battery tech and their camera capabilities. this rings true for all companies not just sony, there is no reason to think that mobile phones of this size should all run on at least 4000mAh batteries, and motorola have proved you can get massive batteries in slim phones, and even better would be give me back 2mm of thickness and get that battery up to 5000mAh, camera development is another area, these phones are big and again if i lose a few mm to thickness so it means i can fit a bigger sensor with OIS, RAW support (Nokia have it and google are testing it for their 5.0 OS update...and shutter speed control then so be it, all modern phones shoot fine photographs in bright daylight, but as soon as the light goes the quality degrades massively, they say the best camera you have is the one you have on you, well that has never been more true with mobile phone photography, always have them with us, Megapixel count does help but only something like 10% the other 90% is improved via things like software,hardware, & skill.

6. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

how about those smart features? like double tap to wake up, shaking to cancel calls?

7. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

The only reason I chose "No" is because of the time frame of in which the Z2 was lauched, Z1 owners would be really pissed to see that their phones got replaced as the flagship in just 6 months. Kinda reminds me of a time when Motorola did the same

15. iamoa unregistered

you just wrote my words mate.

44. ziich

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

sony has been releasing phones on a 6 month time frame for a while. z2-feb 2014 z1 - aug 2013 z - feb 2013 t - sept 2012 s- feb 2012 this should not be a surprise to anyone buying sony phones

8. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I'm not too excited about new phones these days. The next generation will be clearly marked by something like the Samsung P1, 2k display, 64-bit Exynos 6 SoC, 20MP ISOCELL camera, 4GB RAM and metal body. Until then, a slightly faster SD800, slightly better battery life and slightly fresher OS is rather anti-climatic. Yes, Sony, Samsung, LG etc. will have a faster offering than before, but pretty much of the same concept, and the SD600-800 phones I tested lately were absolutely NOWHERE near my Nexus 4's snappiness.

13. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

So I will correct you! You are not interested in non samsung phones these days, as always.

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