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Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: specs comparison

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: specs comparison
The Sony Xperia Z2 has just arrived featuring that typical, refined Sony style, but don’t let its looks fool you - under the hood, it packs some impressive silicon muscle. And as Sony is pushing to release its top-shelf smartphones faster than any other company on the market (it’s at 6-month product cycles right now), it should have the edge over competitors.

Is that really so? Nothing would tell better than a quick fact check - only specs and nothing else. That’s how we compare the Xperia Z2 to see whether it’s any better than the preceding Xperia Z1 and the top dog on the Android market right now, the Galaxy Note 3.

We ought to warn you first, though, that the difference is in the detail. The Xperia Z2 does not feature any fancy new features like the Quad HD (2560 x 1440-pixel) displays that we were all hoping for - instead it’s a gradual improvement.

Take a look and let us know what you think - is the Xperia Z2 worth buying, and would you prefer it over the Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

Sony Xperia Z2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Design
OSAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)Android (5.1, 5.0, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)Android (5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Dimensions5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)
Weight5.75 oz (163 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
6.00 oz (170 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (155 g)
MaterialsMain body: Glass  
Features  Stylus, Interchangeable covers
RuggedWater, Dust resistantWater, Dust resistant 
IP certified

IP certified - The IP code indicates the degree of protection against dust and water. The first number represents dust protection, while the second represents water protection. In IP67, for example, 6 means a completely dust-tight device, while 7 means the device can stay immersed in up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. In IP68, a higher level of water protection is expected, but exact numbers aren't specified: both depth and continuance are specified by the manufacturer on per device basis.

IP 58IP 58 
Display
Physical size5.2 inches5.0 inches5.7 inches
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

424 ppi441 ppi386 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDTFTSuper AMOLED
Screen-to-body ratio

Screen-to-body ratio - Shows what part of the frontal area of a phone its screen occupies.

69.17 %64.52 %74.78 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Camera
Camera20.7 megapixels20.7 megapixels13 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.0F2.0F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent)

Focal length (35mm equivalent) - The lower (shorter) the focal length number, the wider the shot will be. Conversely, longer focal length cameras produce narrower frames, which can be used for telephoto (zoomed-in) purposes.

 27 mm31 mm
Camera sensor size

Camera sensor size - A bigger camera sensor is able to capture more light, and thus produce better photos.

1/2.3"1/2.3"1/3.06"
Pixel size

Pixel size - The size of an individual pixel on a camera's sensor. The bigger, the better.

1.12 μm 1.12 μm
Hardware FeaturesAutofocus, CMOS image sensorAutofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingFace detection, Smile detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Digital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K)1920x1080 (1080p HD)3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
Recording formatMPEG4, 3GPPMPEG4, H.263, H.264 
FeaturesHigh Dynamic Range mode (HDR)High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilizationContinuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization, Video calling
Front-facing camera2.2 megapixels2 megapixels2 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-ABQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor

Graphics processor - The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Adreno 330Adreno 330Adreno 330
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

3 GB RAM (Dual-channel) / LPDDR32 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR33 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage

Built-in storage - Bigger storage capacity allows you to keep more content saved onto your device, such as more applications, photos or video. Games and video content typically take up the biggest amount of storage space.

16 GB16 GB64 GB
Storage expansion

Storage expansion - Some handsets allow you to expand their storage capacity by using a memory expansion card – most often microSD. Expansion memory is mostly suitable for media storage, such as photo, video or music content.

microSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXCmicroSD, microSDHC
Battery
Capacity

Capacity - The bigger, the better! However, battery capacity is not the only factor that has an effect on battery life. Those include the chipset in use, the software running on the device, as well as the consumer's unique usage pattern.

3200 mAh3000 mAh3200 mAh
Wireless chargingOptional Optional
Talk time15.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1190 min)
Stand-by time28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 19 days (463 h)
Talk time (3G)19.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 18 h (1071 min)
Stand-by time (3G)30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 25 days (606 h)
Stand-by time (4G) 31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 21 days (511 h)
Music playback120.00 hours110.00 hours84.00 hours
Video playback10.00 hours5.50 hours13.00 hours
Multimedia
Screen mirroringDLNA, Wireless screen share, MHL, MirrorLinkDLNA, MHL, MirrorLink, TV-outDLNA, MHL
Cellular
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 13, 17, 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7Bands 20, 5, 8, 4, 3, 2, 1, 7Bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 17, 18
DataLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/sLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTSLTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS


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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 01:55

1. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


Wow... Sony... But HD Tri Screen..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 02:30 2

2. AnukulVcool (unregistered)


z2 screen is IPS

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 04:21

3. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Snapdragon 801?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 05:10 1

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Exact dimensions?

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