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 Note3

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Display

Size

5.2 inches
5.0 inches
5.7 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
TFT
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

69.17 %
64.52 %
74.78 %

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

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

16GB
16GB
64GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

3200 mAh
3000 mAh
3200 mAh

Talk time

15.00 hours
the average is 16 h (940 min)
13.83 hours
the average is 16 h (940 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 16 h (940 min)

Stand-by time

28.8 days (690 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
36.7 days (880 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 22 days (539 h)

Talk time (3G)

19.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
15.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)
21.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1232 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

30.8 days (740 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
35.4 days (850 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)
17.5 days (420 hours)
the average is 29 days (695 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
31.7 days (760 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)
15.8 days (380 hours)
the average is 25 days (607 h)

Music playback

120.00 hours
110.00 hours
84.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
5.50 hours
13.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

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

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, 3GPP
MPEG4, H.263, H.264
 

Features

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

Front

2.2 MP
2 MP
2 MP

Video capture

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

Design

Dimensions

5.78 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)

Weight

5.75 oz (163.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)
6.00 oz (170.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)
5.93 oz (168.0 g)
the average is 6.2 oz (178 g)

Materials

Back: Glass
 
 

Resistance

Water, Dust; IP 58
Water, Dust; IP 58
 

Features

 
 
Stylus, Interchangeable covers


Related phones

Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Xperia Z1
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Galaxy Note3
  • Display 5.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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