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

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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?

Display

Size

5.7 inches
5.0 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
TFT
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

74.78 %
64.52 %
69.17 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AB

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 330
Adreno 330

RAM

3GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64GB
16GB
16GB

OS

Android (5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.3)
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2)
Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2)

Battery

Capacity

3200 mAh
3000 mAh
3200 mAh

Talk time

25.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

21.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Music playback

84.00 hours
110.00 hours
120.00 hours

Video playback

13.00 hours
5.50 hours
10.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

13 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20.7 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 31 mm; Sensor size: 1/3.06"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
3840x2160 (4K UHD)

Recording format

 
MPEG4, H.263, H.264
MPEG4, 3GPP

Features

Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS, Video calling
HDR, Continuous autofocus, Video light, EIS
HDR

Front

2 MP
2 MP
2.2 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.95 x 3.12 x 0.33 inches (151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm)
5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches (144.4 x 73.9 x 8.5 mm)
5.78 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches (146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm)

Weight

5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.00 oz (170.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

 
 
Back: Glass

Resistance

 
Water, Dust; IP58
Water, Dust; IP58

Features

Stylus, Interchangeable covers
 
 


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PhoneArena Score:

9.2

User Score:

9.0
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  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2.2 MP front
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